• City of Homer grant applications available now
The Rasmuson Foundation has opened the application process for its annual Individual Artist Awards grant program with more substantial awards this year. The foundation has increased the amount of money to be awarded to Alaska-based artists for the first time since the program’s inception in 2004.
Individual Artist awards are designed to support Alaska artists in 10 artistic disciplines at various stages of their career and creative development, and are available in three categories.
This year, the foundation will provide grants of $7,500 for project awards, meant for artists with short-term project needs; $18,000 for artist fellowship awards, given to mid-career and mature artists to advance their career; and $40,000 for the Distinguished Artist Award, in recognition of creative excellence and superior accomplishments.
“What makes these awards special is that these funds allow for Alaskan artists to pursue their own individual passion and artistic growth,” said Jayson Smart, program officer for Rasmuson Foundation. “It’s not a commissioned award, it’s for the artist to use to advance themselves in their own artistic practice and foster creativity in Alaska’s art community.”
In 2012, Rasmuson Foundation awarded more than $265,000 to 37 artists statewide. Since 2004, the Individual Artist Awards program has awarded 269 grants, totaling just over $1.9 million, directly to Alaska artists.
This year, the fellowship category includes awards for choreography; crafts; performance art; folk and traditional art; and literary arts/scriptworks. In addition, Project Award applications are welcomed from artists working in media arts, multidiscipline/new genre, music composition, presentation/interpretation and visual arts.
Applications may be filed online on the Rasmuson Foundation website and must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. March 1, or sent by mail and postmarked by March 1, 2013.
Eligible applicants are Alaska residents of two or more years who have not won an Individual Artist Award in the past three years and are 18 years or older. Interested applicants can receive more information and apply online at www.rasmuson.org.
Homer Foundation Grants
The Homer Foundation announces that application forms for the City of Homer Grants Program are now available. The grants program is funded through an annual allocation from the City of Homer plus earnings from two funds at the Homer Foundation, the City of Homer Fund and the Kachemak City Fund.
The program supports locally based nonprofit organizations that provide services within the City of Homer. The organization must be administered locally with a local policy-making board of directors. The organization may have no other financial or in-kind support from the City of Homer.
The funding is for general operating support. This is a competitive grants process. Application forms are available online at www.homerfund.org or from the Homer Foundation office. Contact Joy at 235-0541.
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