Sustainable Arts Foundation 2021 Residency Grant Application
The goal of this grant program is to make residency programs more accessible and welcoming to parent writers and artists.
We’re most impressed by organizations that are committing some of their own funds, resources, and energy to match requested funds. We’re looking for organizations willing to stretch a little to make themselves welcoming to parent residents. Including prorated salaries or other general administration costs as part of your proposal is not recommended.
We are particularly interested in what residencies are doing to make their programs more diverse, from their staff to their review boards, and of course the residents themselves.
Due to the number of proposals we receive, this process is unfortunately not a dialogue. Please be sure to include all the information requested for us to evaluate your proposal. If you have questions about any portion of this process, please feel free to contact us before the deadline.
Please review these instructions and guidelines carefully before submitting your proposal.
We know how significantly residency programs have been affected by COVID-19. We will be accepting applications in the fall of 2020 for our 2021 residency grants, and we understand that there may be less certainty than normal in your proposals.
Your organization must be a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) offering residencies to artists and/or writers. If your organization does not have tax-exempt status, but does have fiscal sponsorship, please contact us before applying.
The program(s) funded by this award must support artists and writers with at least one dependent child under the age of 18.
We do not accept brochures or other marketing materials (nor their electronic equivalents). We do carefully evaluate each organization’s website, particularly through the lens of a potential parent resident.
Organizations may apply for up to $6,000. Efficient use of funds directly benefiting parent residents is of the utmost importance. We admire organizations that bring some financial or operational commitment of their own for this proposal. We will not consider proposals asking for general operating funds.
Ideas That Have Proven Successful
We understand that every residency program is unique, and we don’t have a single set of expectations about how each one should address the needs of parents. We want to know how you’re thinking about parents and how you plan to make your unique program more accessible to them. That said, there are a handful of ideas that have proven particularly attractive to and successful with parents.
- Shorter residency periods, which make it much more likely that a parent could attend
- A residency “season” in which all the residents are parents; this offers built-in empathy from the entire group as well as the possibility of shared childcare
- Summer residencies with nearby camp or other opportunities for children
- Childcare as an acceptable request for financial aid
- Proposals that demonstrate a well-considered approach to equity and outreach
Ideas That Are Less Successful
- Proposals that look to recoup ongoing or general administrative costs
- Proposals that offer very few specifics about a new program for parents, but are proposing to fund a spot for an applicant who happens to be a parent
- Proposals that do not consider how to publicize the opportunity to parents
- Proposals that don’t include any explicit promotion to reach parent artists; we do not consider a mailing list and social media sufficient
Frequently Asked Questions
For more information, please check our list of frequently asked questions.
Please send a scanned copy via e-mail.
Or mail a hardcopy to:
Sustainable Arts Foundation
Attn: Residency Grants
1032 Irving Street #609
San Francisco, CA 94122-2200
Proposals must be postmarked or e-mailed by September 30, 2020.
Funds will be disbursed in January 2021.