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QuickFunds provides support for exemplary art projects or for the professional development of artists. Arts administrators may apply for professional development assistance. The Commission’s emphasis is on increasing the skill of the applicant; focusing on process rather than product, creation rather than promotion.

University and college personnel should stress how the activity will enhance their growth as an artist. Teachers and educators of grades K-12 must apply under QuickFunds for Art Education.


This grant supports artist-initiated activities; specific projects or new works that will be shared with the public. The scope of eligible projects is flexible. Examples include innovative displays of film or media, exhibitions, demonstrations, performances, readings, or public art.

The grant funds requests up to $1,500 and requires a cash match of 1:3 (example: a cash match of $500 is required for a request of $1500).
Awarded quarterly.

Professional Development
Artists and arts administrators may receive reimbursement for attending a conference, workshop, or other form of career advancement. Traditional artists may request funds to attend gatherings where they will teach or learn from peers. Arts organizations should include funding in their budgets to allow administrators to attend annual activities (see Eligibility below).

The grant funds up to $750 and requires a cash match of 1:1. Reimbursement is for direct expenses only. Recipients must submit a final report to receive reimbursement.
Awarded quarterly.



  • Applicants must meet the general eligibility criteria for individuals
  • Applicants may receive one QuickFunds grant in a fiscal year (see deadlines page);
  • Fellowship, TRAAP, and Writer in Residence recipients are not eligible for a QuickFunds grant during their award year or term.
  • Applications will not be accepted for consecutive attendance at annual events.
  • Multiple Professional Development applications for the same event or opportunity will not be accepted from members or staff of single organizations with budgets over $50,000. Two applications for the same event will be allowed from members or staff of organizations with budgets under $50,000.
  • TRAAP age limit waiver applies to QuickFunds grants when minor applicant works with a master in a shorter or season-related apprenticeship.

Some examples of eligible QuickProject requests

  • Support for an artist, writer, or performer to attend a residency, or to study one-on-one with an accomplished mentor.
  • Release time for an applicant to create or complete a significant work.
  • Materials, supplies, or resources necessary to create work that will be shared with the public.
  • Funds for a traditional arts project.

Select the appropriate grant category and fill out the application form. Since copies will be duplicated, please do not use staples. Consult the checklist to ensure that all required materials are included and observe the postmark deadline. Carefully check the project beginning and end dates.

Download the Quickproject application.
Download the Professional Development application.

Submit a one-page clear and concise narrative that directly responds to the questions below. Number, repeat the four (4) questions, and answer in order. Refer to the evaluation criteria as you write your narrative and select your support materials.

  • QuickProject
    1. Briefly describe what you propose to do, how you plan to accomplish it, and why your project merits funding.
    2. Explain how this activity will affect or enhance your ability, career, technique, artistic development, managerial skills, or support continuation of an art form or your cultural heritage.
    3. Explain the relationship between your work samples and the proposed project or activity.
    4. Describe how you will share the knowledge gained, involve your community, or how this activity will benefit participants.
  • Professional Development
    1. List the name, dates, and location of the conference, workshop, or seminar you will attend. (Include support materials with information about the opportunity.)
    2. Explain how this activity will affect or enhance your ability, career, technique, artistic development, managerial skills, or support continuation of an art form or your cultural heritage.
    3. Explain the relationship between your work samples and the proposed project or activity.
    4. Describe how you will share the knowledge gained, involve your community, or how this activity will benefit participants.

On the budget form, itemize expenses that are directly related to the project described in the narrative. A successful application will include a budget that demonstrates realistic and appropriate planning. (See Budget Tips)

ATTACHMENTS (required)

  • RÉSUMÉ – No more than two pages. A résumé is a list of credentials, publications, honors, awards, and locations of exhibitions or performances. To receive an award or a grant, a degree or academic training is not required; you may be self-taught. Folk and traditional artists may document their work through a short bio or recorded testimony.
  • ARTIST STATEMENT - Individual applicants, except writers and arts administrators, are required to submit an artist statement, up to one-page. Thoughtful, well-written content contributes to the review panel’s understanding of your work. Use this opportunity to discuss the current direction of your work and to provide a personal perspective.
  • WORK SAMPLES - Demonstrate artistic quality and should represent current work (within the last five years). Some examples include a painter’s images, a writer’s manuscripts, video of an actor’s performance, a collaborator’s work, etc. Administrators seeking professional development should provide evidence of their organizational capacity, such as documentation of public programming. Since panelists have a limited time to evaluate samples, it is important that the strongest examples are presented first. See Preparing Work Samples for guidelines. Download Work Sample Form here. No more than 10.
  • SUPPORT MATERIALS – Demonstrate the strength of the proposal. Support materials confirm the narrative. Some examples include a letter from a gallery committing to an upcoming show, résumés of collaborators, and information about a conference you will attend and the sessions in which you will participate. Support materials provide key evidence relevant to your proposal. No more than 5. Support materials do not need to be itemized.
Do not refer panelists to links, web sites, or to materials not included in your application packet.

Artistic Quality (50 points)

  • Artist’s work is of excellent quality and a logical extension of previous work or aesthetic interest.
  • An arts administrator’s past work history indicates professional experiences with high quality arts organizations or projects, or applicant works for an organization that produces programs of high artistic quality appropriate for its stated mission.

Feasibility (25 points)

  • Ability and plan demonstrates the applicant can realistically accomplish the project or activity.
  • The application is clear and complete; the budget is realistic and correlates with the narrative.

Artistic Growth (25 points)

  • Opportunity has the potential to significantly affect or enhance applicant’s ability, career, artistic development, technique, or managerial skills.
  • A public aspect (exhibition, performance, reading, or demonstration) is present, where appropriate.

NOTE:  When multiple applications are of equal merit, preference will be given to applicants who have not previously received grants.

(See Deadline page for quarterly deadline dates.)

Courtesy review deadlines are three weeks before the postmark deadline. When possible, apply for the deadline closest to your project. The project may not begin and expenses may not be incurred before you are notified of your award, approximately three weeks after the deadline.

Final reports must be submitted upon completion of the project or by July 31, 2016 to receive final payment. See more info on final reports.

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