Unrestricted Funds is a community funded foundation that provides self-identified queer and trans artists of color with unrestricted financial awards that supports their continued pursuit of art making and critical inquiry. The award is given in recognition of an artist's accomplishments, artistic growth, originality and potential. It is not need-based.
Unrestricted Funds are awarded two times a year, and are selected through a jurying process made up of individuals who are L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ leaders of color serving a wide range of industries. The first award will be through a nomination process and will provide 5 artists with awards of $5,000. The second award is available through a free and open application and provides 10 artists with $1,000.
In addition to funding, awardees will be provided with additional pro bono professional support in the areas of accounting, writing/project development, job/cv/resume writing, and web/social media development.
Why unrestricted?Restrictions on funds are imposed upon the recipient by the donor to fulfill a preconceived need defined by the donor. Providing unrestricted funds gives the recipient full control to utilize the funding in a way that is most beneficial and meaningful to their life and practice. By unrestricting funds we can redistribute power and resources to individuals rather than impose metrics of success and value upon them. These funds are distributed with an aim to support equity.
Who can apply?Individuals who identify as L.G.B.T.Q.I.A.+ and as Black, Indigenious, and/or a person of color. Live and work in the United States. Has an active art and critical thinking practice.
What do I need to apply?All applicants will need to provide: 1-2 page letter of interest outlining your artistic or critical thinking practice. 5-10 images/links to your work or 3-5 writing samples. A letter of reference from any personal or professional community member (optional).
Application ProcessThe Unrestricted Fund is not yet active. Please check back Fall 2021 for updates and application information.