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Awards to USA, Canada, and International Artists and
Writers Who Are Parents to Recognize Artistic Excellence

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Sustainable Arts Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/31/18 5:00 PM ET


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Awards of $5,000 to USA, Canada, and International individual artists and writers who have children under the age of 18 to recognize creative excellence. This program evaluates artistic merit based on the strength of the applicant’s portfolio. The awards provide unrestricted cash funding, and recipients may use the funds as they see fit.


Writers may apply in one of the following categories:
-Creative Nonfiction
-Early and Middle Grade Fiction
-Graphic Novels
-Long Form Journalism
-Picture Books
-Young Adult Fiction

The Foundation does not accept portfolios of self-help books, motivational writing, travel and/or other kinds of guidebooks.

Visual artists may apply in one of the following categories:
-Book Arts
-Fiber Arts and Textiles
-Mixed Media


The Foundation seeks to reward excellence. The portfolio is the primary factor the Foundation considers in evaluating each application. It should only include work created since becoming a parent and within the last 3 years. The Foundation is also interested in hearing what your plans are, and how this award might assist you in attaining your goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175490

Number of Grants:

The Foundation will make awards of $5,000 each to twenty artists and writers. Additionally, the Foundation will name ten award finalists.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awardees each receive $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, the applicant must have at least one child under the age of 18.

Who Should Apply:

Artists and writers with at least one child and a strong portfolio of polished work are welcome to apply.

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

While the Foundation does not 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.

The Foundation invites you to view the list of previous awardees and follow the links to their work to get a feel for their level of craft.

At this time the Foundation is not accepting applications in the performing arts, film/video/tv (including screenplays), music, jewelry, pottery, and other crafts.

Racial Equity:

As of Fall 2016, the Foundation makes half of its awards to applicants of color. You can read more about this decision on the Foundation’s website:

Pre-Application Information:

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

The fee is a modest one, but the Foundation is aware that you may be applying for many awards and grants and these costs can add up. Please contact the Foundation if you need assistance with the fee, or if you would like to contribute to a fund to cover other applicants’ fees.

2018 Awards
-Application opens: August 1, 2018
-Deadline to apply: August 31, 2018 5pm ET
-Awards announced: November 16, 2018



Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Sustainable Arts Foundation
1032 Irving Street #609
San Francisco, CA 94122-2200

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

USA Compact Free Associations: The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon


International country outside of the USA, Israel and Canada.