Artist Professional Development Grants

Artist Professional Development Grants are focused on supporting and forwarding the careers of Kentucky visual artists. This grant program promotes the growth and development of visual art in Kentucky by helping improve the critical skills, resources, knowledge, and connections of artists, furthering their careers by encouraging them to engage with the broader art world and raising the bar for art being produced in the region. Developing artists’ awareness of and participation in the national and international art world, this program aims to strengthen the level of discourse and practice among artists in the state.

Applicants will be asked to submit proposals that clearly identify goals, benefits and outcomes, and preference will be given to those who aim to connect with individuals and groups outside of the region that can critically benefit their practice.

The next deadline for applications is midnight on Sunday March 18, 2018. Travel in this cycle must be carried out in the period April 29 through October 31, 2018.



Visual artists residing in the Great Meadows Foundation (GMF) region are eligible to apply for grants. The Great Meadows Foundation region encompasses the 120 counties of Kentucky, and the Greater Louisville area of Clark and Floyd counties in Indiana.

Applicants must be professional visual artists. Students may not apply.

Applicants must have held their primary residence in the GMF region for at least twelve calendar months before applying and must be current residents of the region at the time of receiving the grant and until their final report of the grant is submitted to the foundation.

Previous grant recipients must miss one round before reapplying as long as they have , dependent upon already having submitted the final report for their last grant.


Grants range between $500 and $5,000.


For travel that is directly related to a specific issue of central concern to the applicant’s artistic practice.


Before making your application please read the Notes For Applicants. The foundation recommends that all applicants have a conversation with the foundation director before submitting a proposal.

All applications must be submitted online through the GMF website.

Applicants should submit a 1 – 2 page proposal in Pdf. form (please use Arial font 12 pt.), including a proposed expenses budget. Give a brief description of your artistic practice. Describe the purpose of the travel and itinerary, where you would go, what you would see or attend, who you would meet or interview. Tell us why this is relevant to your practice. Outline how this travel might impact your practice.

Additional documents:

One of the following: Career summary, or CV, or short biography in Pdf. form. Maximum 1 page. (please use Arial font 12 pt.)

10 images (in .jpeg form) of the applicant’s recent work. Each .jpeg should be 300 dpi and no larger than 400KB. Save folder of images in .zip format. Bear in mind that if your work is on a large scale you should demonstrate this in the submitted images.

A one page list of text descriptors for submitted images in pdf. form, listing titles, dates, mediums, dimensions and, if necessary, a short description of the work. (please use Arial font 12 pt.)

Note: Artists whose practices are time based should contact the director of the foundation at to discuss the submission of work samples.


Travel to see specific art exhibitions, installations, performance art events outside of the region. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate that travel will help create connections and strengthen their practice.

Travel to meet with professional colleagues outside of the region to explore partnerships or co-productions. Preference will be given to applicants who have clear and demonstrable outcomes in mind.

Travel outside of the region for participation or attendance at symposia, conferences, and seminars relating to the applicant’s practice. Preference will be given to applicants who can outline how travel will support and develop their practice. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are participants at a conference, seminar, or symposium.

Travel and expenses relating to artist residencies outside the region.


GMF will not fund attendance at art classes, art courses, or technical workshops.

This program is not open to institutional applications.

This program is not for the production or making of artwork.

Applications for travel within the GMF region will not be considered.


Grantees must submit a final 1-2 pages report (please use Arial font 12 pt.) describing itinerary and activities, and what was gained through the travel, as well as outline present and future outcomes.

Grantees must submit a one-page final budget, detailing expenses relating to the grant event by the Final Report date specified in the grant cycle.


The deadline for submissions in the next cycle is midnight on Sunday March 18, 2018.

Proposals must be for activities in the period April 29 through October 31, 2018.

Successful grantees in the next cycle will be informed by April 22, 2018


If you have a question about applying for funding we invite you to email us.