Grant Opportunity: Arts Work Fund Think Explore Share

Next Grant Deadline: Dec. 30, 2020

Think Grants: Think grants give arts organizations the time and space to think through a question, analyze challenges and opportunities, and develop plans or small tests of change related to the current moment and its potential impact for the future. Competitive proposals will demonstrate how and why the organization selected the challenge or the questions to be examined and how they will structure their exploration.

Explore Grants: Explore grants intended to provide for arts organizations that have fully developed ideas with the resources to test and implement the concept. These grants hope to foster the creativity and risk-taking that is essential to creating new and better ways of operating in the current COVID-19 world, post-COVID, and in addressing some of the aspects of arts organizations that were not working well before the pandemic. Priority will be given to projects that have maximum potential benefit for the organization and the field.

Share: Instead of a typical foundation final report, grant awardees are asked to share what they learned on the AWFConnect listserv. The purpose is to share knowledge with the field more broadly and generate a conversation.

Who’s Eligible to Apply?
• Arts organizations led by, for, and about black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), with operating expenses of $2 million and below.
• Any arts and culture organization with operating expenses of $800,000 and below.
• Our target goal is 65% of all grants being awarded to BIPOC organizations.

View the guidelines or learn about previously funded projects at