Throughout 2019, the Arts Work Fund AWF partnered with 21 African American, Latinx, Arab American, Asian American, and Native American arts leaders to co-design a new grant program and refine our grantmaking criteria and processes. COVID-19 interrupted the launch of our new grant program as we shifted to respond to emergency relief efforts. But we have instituted the grant making refinements that emerged from this process.
- Continue to commit a minimum of 50% of our grant dollars to organizations led by, for, and about people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQ people, and women.
- A simplified application process has been created.
- A review panel of artists, arts administrators, and Arts Work Fund funders will make grant recommendations.
- Organizations can propose to use grant funds as needed, rather than being limited to using funds to underwrite the costs of external consultants.
- There is no minimum budget requirement for grant eligibility, though our cap of $800,000 in operating expenses remain.
- Paid staff is not required, but organizations need to have a history of operating as a volunteer-based organization.
- Rather than require funded organizations to submit final reports, we are asking them to share lessons learned on our blog post so that learnings extend to the broader arts sector.