Sustainable Arts Foundation
supporting artists and writers with families


Our program focuses on awards to individual artists and writers with families. Specifically, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18. There are no geographic restrictions on our applicants.


The foundation will award the following:

Sustainable Arts Foundation Visual Arts Award: $6,000
Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award: $6,000

There will be multiple winners for each award.

Additionally, we will be awarding a number of smaller Promise Awards to those applicants whose work may not qualify for the main awards, but nonetheless demonstrates both skill and potential.


The foundation offers awards in two major categories: visual arts and writing. We encourage writers working in fiction, nonfiction, playwriting, and poetry to apply.

Visual artists practicing painting, sculpture, drawing, printmaking, mixed media, and photography are encouraged to apply.

At this time we are not accepting applications in the performing arts or music.


We seek to reward excellence. Your portfolio will assist us greatly in evaluating your work which may, but need not, refer to your parenting. We're also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.


Our awards are announced biannually, and our calendar is as follows:

2016 Spring Awards
Online application available
January 15, 2016
Deadline to apply
Awards announcedMay 13, 2016
2016 Fall Awards
Online application availableJuly 15, 2016
Deadline to applySeptember 2, 2016, 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Awards announcedNovember 18, 2016