Jonah Bokaer

Jonah Bokaer, 2005 and 2006 Grant Recipient

FCA Grant Programs

The Foundation for Contemporary Arts provides grants in five categories: dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts. Grants are awarded annually to outstanding or unusually promising artists and arts organizations which create, present, or support work of an imaginative, contemporary nature and need this kind of assistance. Since 1963, hundreds of grants have been made to individuals, groups and organizations. This support has provided opportunities for artistic exploration and development, encouraging recipients to engage in a variety of projects of their own choosing.

In the early 1990s, the FCA chose to provide more significant sums to artists for the realization of ongoing work by awarding fewer, more substantial grants to individuals and groups by a nomination process only.

Announcements of grants to individuals are made each winter.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts distributed $860,000 in 2014. Fourteen Grants to Artists of $30,000 each were awarded—a total of $420,000. The Directors of the FCA were joined in the grant selection process by The New Museum Keith Haring Director and Curator of Education and Public Engagement Johanna Burton, composer David Grubbs, Whitney Museum curator Jay Sanders, and playwright Mac Wellman. Advisors to the selection committee for the Poetry category were poets Peter Gizzi and Stacy Szymaszek. Additionally, $120,000 was disbursed for 104 Emergency Grants;  $200,000 was distributed to 64 presenting and service organizations through Grants to Organizations; a   $30,000 Robert Rauschenberg Award and a $50,000 John Cage Award were made; and $40,000 was disbursed in Contemporary Visual Arts Scholarships.


Notice to artists: FCA does not consider requests for funding outside of program guidelines.  Unsolicited submissions of work samples or other materials will not be returned.  Thank you for understanding.