Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant / Deadline: Ongoing


Antonius-Tin Bui (Sugar Land, TX), a visual and performance artist, received a grant in February to present Queer(ing) the Wheel during Experimental Action, a performance art festival, at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, February 21.

Created in 1993 to further Foundation for Contemporary Arts (FCA) mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

  • Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates

Emergency Grants is the only active, multi-disciplinary program that offers immediate assistance of this kind to artists living and working anywhere in the United States, for projects occurring in the U.S. and abroad.

Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600.

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Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To meet artists’ last-minute needs in a timely manner, FCA’s Emergency Grants panel meets monthly to review requests.

Please plan on applying 6-8 weeks before the presentation date.

Apply for an Emergency Grant