An initiative of Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (NWFF), Collective Power Fund is a part of the Regional Regranting Program by the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, which consists of 30 satellite venues and partners across the country presenting hyper-local artist funding.
Collective Power Fund focuses primarily on supporting work that incites public dialogue, pushes boundaries, explores genre fluidity, speaks its truth through an authentic perspective, and is often non-traditional, anti-institutional, socially responsible, or disruptive of existing structures and conventions. It encourages a community-forward environment of resource-sharing, mutual support, and fellowship in the Pacific Northwest arts ecosystem.
Our Spring 2023 grants will distribute $60,000 in increments of $2,000 – $5,000 – $10,000. Individual artists, who live in King County, were eligible to self-select into either the $2,000 or $5,000 tiers and the $10,000 tier was exclusive to artist teams or artist-run collectives within the county. The 2023 grant cycle is open for artists of all levels. Information on this year’s grant recipients and jurors for Collective Power Fund’s Spring 2022 Cycle can be found here
FULL GRANT GUIDELINES BELOW
2023 Collective Power Fund grants will be project-based and will distribute $60,000 in funding as follows:
Individual artists, who live in King County, will be able to apply for the $2,000 or $5,000 tiers. The $10,000 tier will be exclusive to artist teams or artist-run collectives within unincorporated and incorporated King County.
New Work/Project Grants ($5,000)
Support the creation and presentation of visionary, artist-driven new work/projects.
Research & Development Grants ($2,000)
Research Grants funds can be used to compensate for intellectual labor and idea development, to pay other artists and thinkers for their time and contributions, and/or for costs associated with gaining access to specific resources.
Artist Team or Artist Collective Grant ($10,000)
Support the creation and presentation of visionary, new work/project created by an artist team or arts collective.
Preference will be given to projects that achieve one or more of the following:
What types of projects are not eligible?
If you are applying as an artist team or arts collective, you will need to choose one person to serve as the project’s lead organizer. The artist team or arts collective will need to have completed at least one arts-related project with the person you chose as the lead organizer.
The lead organizer will be the primary contact for the project during the application and granting process. You can choose to list up to six additional collaborators on the application. The collaborators you list should be people who share organizing responsibilities on the project. Artists who are supported through your project, but do not have organizing responsibilities, do not need to be listed as collaborators in the application.
Artist-led curatorial initiatives are eligible, and visual artists who are interested in organizing and collaborating with other creatives they’ve worked with before are encouraged to do so.
Note: Artists and arts collectives may use a fiscal sponsor for their project, though it is not required. Projects fiscally sponsored by NWFF cannot use NWFF as a fiscal sponsor for this grant cycle, but artists may apply as individuals.
To be eligible for this grant, applicants must:
Eligible disciplines: 3D art, architecture, animation, ceramics, craft, design, drawing, digital art, folk art, film, illustration, installation, murals, naive art, new media, painting, performance art, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video, sound art, and social practice, tech-based art, traditional art, and video games.
In order to be eligible, disciplines not listed above must demonstrate a strong visual context and are encouraged to form collaborations with visual artists to achieve this end.
We strongly encourage artists to apply who identify as either disabled, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, Person of Color), LGBTQ2IA+, or who live in rural areas.
Ineligible applicants for this grant are:
If you have any questions about your discipline, eligibility, or anything else, please feel free to email our Grants Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For sections that allow written or video/audio, applicants must choose one format per response. Combined or multiple formats will not be reviewed.
To be eligible for this grant, applicants are required to submit the following materials:
Discipline Statement (300 characters) – A discipline statement describes your artistic practice. It can be as simple as “I am a visual artist” or give a more nuanced explanation of your practice.
Biography (800 characters or less) – Please provide a short bio. For artist teams/collectives, provide a bio for the lead organizer, as well as any key collaborators and artists (up to 5 bios, max 300 characters each). Focus on experience relevant to this project.
Project Narrative (2100 characters /2 minutes or less)
Please clearly answer the following questions to help the reviewers understand your project’s vision and approach.
Complete our Project Budget Template, save it as a PDF, and upload it with your application. You can find the Collective Power Fund template here.
Visual Support Materials
Applicants should submit visual support materials (work samples) that support the project they are proposing. It is recommended that applicants provide work samples from similar projects they have completed within the last 5 years so the Award Selection Committee has an understanding of what a successfully completed project from them looks like.
Applicants can also submit work samples that depict the progress of their current project to complement their work samples from completed projects. We suggest submitting more work samples from completed projects than in-progress projects.
Applicants can chose to submit 2 of the 3 options.
Note: Applicants can upload their visual support materials in the order they would like or they can rearrange them once they are uploaded.
Visual Support Material Descriptions
For each media item that you upload you will be asked to complete a Label Media section. Please make sure you include the following:
Applications will be evaluated based on:
Following the submission deadline, NWFF will conduct an eligibility check. Eligible applications will then be reviewed and scored by our Award Selection Committee (ASC). The ASC includes a diverse panel of four (4) recognized artists and/or arts professionals, with varying expertise and backgrounds, who live/work within King County, and one (1) arts professional within the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program. The names of the panelists will be announced with the recipients.
Applicants can receive pre-panel feedback on their application if they email their application materials to Grants Manager Mikayla Nicholson (email@example.com). Complete or partial application materials will both be accepted, but please note that sharing some kind of work sample(s) will help us maximize the quality of feedback.
Pre-panel feedback from our Grants Manager will be emailed back to applicants and include:
Important: Artists who receive pre-panel feedback will still need to submit their applications before the deadline.
Northwest Film Forum and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts bear no legal responsibility for any work submitted in response to this Call for Proposals, or any outcomes connected to realized projects.
Northwest Film Forum and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts reserve the right to use submitted images, with credits, for the purposes of promotion and fundraising.
Privacy & Security
As an applicant, your data and content will be viewed by members of the Northwest Film Forum team and the selection panel. We will publicly be announcing the grant recipients, plus showcase artists/collectives that make it to the final round.
The Regional Regranting Program was established in 2007 to recognize and support the movement of independently organized, public-facing, artist-centered activity that animates local and regional art scenes but that lies beyond the reach of traditional funding sources. The program is administered by non-profit visual art centers across the United States that work in partnership with the Foundation to fund artists’ experimental projects and collaborative undertakings.
The 32 regranting programs provide grants of up to $10,000 for the creation and presentation of new work. Programs are developed and facilitated by organizations in Alabama, Albuquerque, Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Miami, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Knoxville, Newark, Oklahoma, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix & Tucson (AZ), Portland (OR), Portland (ME), Providence, Raleigh & Greensboro (NC), San Francisco, San Juan, PR, Seattle, and Washington D.C.
Check out our FAQ page, our Application Guide, and/or email our Grants Manager Mikayla Nicholson at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about applying.