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Grant Programs

Since the Foundation's inception, more than 2,800 grants awarded to artists and arts organizations—totaling over $12 million—have provided opportunities for creative exploration and development. FCA supports individual artists and collectives working in dance, music/sound, performance art/theater, poetry, and the visual arts through seven grant programs: Grants to Artists, the John Cage Award, the Merce Cunningham Award, the Ellsworth Kelly Award, the Robert Rauschenberg Award, the Dorothea Tanning Award, and Emergency Grants.

In 2016, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts distributed $900,000. Fourteen Grants to Artists of $40,000 each were awarded in January—a total of $560,000. Additionally, a $40,000 Robert Rauschenberg Award and a $50,000 John Cage Award were made. A further $160,000 was disbursed for 121 Emergency Grants, and $40,000 was disbursed in Contemporary Visual Arts Scholarships.

FCA does not consider requests for funding outside of program guidelines; Emergency Grants is the only program that accepts applications. Unsolicited submissions of work samples or other materials will not be returned. Thank you for understanding.