The Kentucky Foundation for Women: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Kentucky Foundation for Women prioritizes women and feminist artists in Kentucky.

IP TAKE: The foundation funds direct grants to individual artists as well as a number of retreats and residencies.

PROFILE: Established in 1985, the Kentucky Foundation for Women supports women artists in Kentucky. It seeks to “promote positive social change by supporting varied feminist expression in the arts.” The foundation funds visual arts through two grantmaking programs: Artist Enrichment and Art Meets Activism.

The Artist Enrichment grant program seeks to fund “opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change.” Funds can be used for artistic development, artist residencies, the exploration of new areas or techniques, or to build a body of work. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $7,000. Grant seekers can click here to apply.

The Art Meets Activism grant “supports feminist artists and organizations in Kentucky to engage individuals and communities in artmaking that directly advances positive change.” These grants typically range from $1,500 to $5,000 although they can reach as high as $7,000 on occasion.

The foundation also offers retreats and residencies to support female artists and groups. The Retreat program funds six days free of cost at Hopscotch House, a renovated farmhouse on ten acres of land owned by the foundation. The Summer Residency program provides five grantees with a fully funded week at Hopscotch House and $1,000 artist fee.

In order to get a better idea of what the foundation looks for in its grantmaking, grant seekers should look at its past grantees.

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