Fulcrum Fund Grants for Artists

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Providing grants of up to $10,000 to local artists

The Fulcrum Fund is created and operated by 516 ARTS in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is part of the Regional Regranting Program of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York, which aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows the Foundation to reach informal, non-incorporated artists and collectives to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other public-facing projects. 516 ARTS was invited to create the Fulcrum Fund as part of the Warhol Foundation’s efforts to grow their reach to areas where they see the level of artist-led creative work to be particularly high. The other 11 regranting programs are facilitated by organizations in Baltimore, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (OR), Portland (ME) and San Francisco.

The Fulcrum Fund serves as an essential support structure enabling artists to expand existing work and to explore new directions. It supports projects that inspire curiosity, engagement and dialogue. It offers grants directly to independent artists and collectives who are based within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque (including Santa Fe, Española, Grants and Socorro). Grants from the Fulcrum Fund are for non-501c3, self-organized artistic activity that reaches the general public. The awards celebrate art practices that may not fit into conventional museum and gallery systems.

The Fulcrum Fund awards grants to artists and projects centering around the visual arts. Projects created with and involving performance and/or other media are eligible provided visual art is a major component of the finished work. Funding is intended to support art that embraces experimentation, utilizes innovative approaches and seeks to expand the practices of contemporary art in the Albuquerque / Santa Fe area.

In its first three years, the Fulcrum Fund has granted a total $170,000 to 35 art projects. Although collaborative activity is still encouraged, in 2019 the grants will not be limited to collaborations.

Look for the 2019 call for proposals in the spring of 2019!

Contact Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Manager, 505-242-1445, claude@516arts.org

Link to the 2018-2019 recipients HERE


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When do submissions open?
Submissions are accepted for 4 months starting in April of each year with selections announcements taking place in September of the same year. 

Who is eligible?
Visual artists and collectives living and working within an 80-mile radius of Albuquerque are encouraged to apply This includes Santa Fe, Española, Socorro and Grants. Commercial businesses and non-profit organizations are NOT eligible. Projects or events taking place at or in conjunction with programming at a 501(c)(3) orginazation are not eligible. 

Do you have to be a U.S. citizen to apply?
No, but the artist/lead organizer must have a social security number in order to receive payment of the award. Additional collaborators and/or participants do not need to be U.S. citizens or have social security numbers.

What kinds of projects will the Fulcrum Fund support?
The Fulcrum Fund is expressly interested in visual art including: public art projects/site specific installations, the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts including printed matter and online publications, artist residencies, film screenings, curatorial projects and exhibitions that highlight unconventional artistic practice, workshops, multimedia, video and photo projects.

What types of projects are NOT eligible?
Projects for which the lead artist lives outside of the 80-mile radius of Albuquerque, an individual artist’s studio practice, projects that are a part of a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization’s programming, projects proposed by students, and projects that do not have a public component will not be considered.

If I am a college student, am I eligible to apply?
Current students or anyone who was/will be a student during the time of application or granting period are NOT eligible. Recent college graduates are eligible to apply for projects that will take place during the granting period is September 2018 – September 2019.

What is the maximum funding amount I can request for my project?
You may request any amount between $2,000 and $10,000.

How many grants will be awarded?
Funding will be awarded to 6 to 20 applicants.

Can I submit proposals for more than one project? 
Applicants can be the lead organizer on more than one proposal at any given time, though in this case, only one of their projects will be funded. Alternatively, applicants can be listed as additional collaborators on multiple proposals without affecting their eligibility on projects where they are designated as the lead artist. 

How will the awards be selected?
516 ARTS invites three jurors (comprised of regionally and nationally recognized curators and arts professionals), who review the submissions and select the grantees.

Can I apply for funding to support travel?
Proposals in which travel accounts for a substantial portion of the overall budget will not be considered. You may include travel in your budget if it is a necessary component that directly results in the implementation or realization of your project. Travel for research would likely not be eligible. 

If my proposal is selected, how will I receive the money?
A check will be distributed directly to the applicant their name, or in the case of a collective or group, to the lead artist/organizer. All applicants will be responsible for any taxes associated with the award. 516 ARTS does not provide tax advice.

In the case that multiple individuals are affiliated with the project collectively, who should be designated as the lead artist?
The lead artist will be the primary contact and the main administrator for the grant application. Since the lead artist will be responsible for receiving the check, they will also be responsible for dispersal of funds to collaborators and paying any income taxes owed as a result of receiving the grant. The lead artist does not need to be a U.S. citizen, though must have a social security number and reside within 80 miles of Albuquerque.

Is it possible to apply for a grant to purchase equipment?
Equipment purchase or rental can be included as an expense in the project budget as a part of a larger project; however, applications submitted for the sole purpose of acquiring equipment will not be considered.

Can I apply for a grant to fund general operating expenses for a new or existing art space?
Yes. Examples of general operating expenses associated with the launch of a new arts space or the support of an existing arts space include: rent, utilities, artist/designer fees, materials, supplies, administrative fees and promotional materials.

Can I apply for a project that has already started?
Yes, projects that seek to expand their reach or are considered “ongoing” can be considered. Keep in mind that the Fulcrum Fund will not allocate resources to finished projects or support individuals looking to document pre-existing or finished projects.

Should artist fees be factored into my budget?
Yes. If your project requires you to compensate your collaborators, participants or yourself, you should include those expenses in your budget.

Can I apply for funding to cover my total budget, or am I expected to secure matching or additional funding?
You may apply for a grant for full or partial funding of your overall budget. Additional funding sources are great to show in your budget, though not required.

Can the public component/event be staged anywhere?
No. The resulting public component or event needs to happen within 80 miles of Albuquerque. Additional locations or iterations elsewhere are possible, but the primary focus for this grant should be on the original event.

Will the Fulcrum Fund support a traveling project?
You can plan for a project to be re-staged or happen elsewhere, but the Fulcrum Fund will only support the original iteration or the iteration that takes place within an 80 mile radius of Albuquerque.

Can I apply to support a web-based project?
Yes, web-based projects are eligible, as long as the artist applying for funding lives within 80 miles of Albuquerque and the resulting work relates to visual art. Additional collaborators can be from anywhere.

If I’m proposing a project or exhibition that requires a venue space, does it need to be confirmed by the time I submit an application?
No, but it is helpful to describe the kinds of spaces that you envision would be appropriate for your project. The venue cannot be 516 ARTS and the project cannot be part of a major institution’s exhibition program.

What kinds of projects will the Fulcrum Fund recognize?
The Fulcrum Fund recognizes a wide range of projects and activities such as: a new exhibitions or exhibition series, ongoing work of art spaces and collectives, public art projects, one-time events or performances, publications directly related to the visual arts, online projects, artist residencies, film festivals and series screenings, to name a few. In general, the Fulcrum Fund seeks to create opportunities for the development and presentation of artist-led projects and programs that foster collaboration and are open to the public.

I don't have any images that are representative of my proposed project. What kinds of visual aids should I include as part of my application?
Applicants should submit work samples that represent the plans for realizing the proposed project. This could include previous work samples of artists who will be presented, mock-ups, plans and schematics for a site-specific project or documentation of past projects that are similar.

What are the requirements for reporting?
Grantees will be expected to submit documentation upon the completion of the proposed project and complete an evaluation of the project. 

For more information regarding the Fulcrum Fund, email: Claude Smith, Fulcrum Fund Program Manager, at claude@516arts.org.