Sustainable Arts Foundation
Application deadline: 2/26/2021, 2 PM

This year, the Sustainable Arts Foundation will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists or writers across the nation. Additionally, 20 finalists will be named.

To be eligible, applicants must have at least one child under the age of 18. Parents of older children with a disability or special needs may also be eligible.

These awards offer unrestricted cash, and recipients can use the funds as they see fit. The selection process is focused almost entirely on the strength of the submitted portfolio.

We are inspired by anyone who is making creative work while raising a family. Given the intense demand for these awards (we typically receive 2,000-3,000 applications), and the fact that the awards are based on demonstrated excellence in your discipline, we don’t recommend that artists or writers who are beginning their creative careers apply to this program.

While we don’t require that applicants have published or exhibited their work, the rigor and critique involved in that process can certainly benefit the portfolio. Portfolios of writing or artwork created in a more personal vein for sharing with friends and family are not suitable.

Please view this list of previous awardees and follow the links to their work to get a feel for their level of craft.

In a commitment to promoting racial equity, half of the awards will be to applicants of color.

Writers may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Creative Nonfiction
  • Early and Middle Grade Readers
  • Fiction
  • Graphic Novel/Graphic Memoir
  • Illustrated Children’s Books
  • Illustrated Children’s Books (Text Only)
  • Poetry
  • Young Adult Fiction

Visual artists may apply in one of the following categories:

  • Book Arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber Arts and Textiles
  • Illustration
  • Installation
  • Jewelry
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Wearable Textiles

Application fee is $20, 100% of which goes to the jurors, who are all parent artists and writers themselves. This fee ensures that at least two jurors will review each application and be compensated for their work.

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