$80,000 distributed to date
Since announcing the Wherewithal Recovery Grant program on April 7, WPA has awarded $80,000 in unrestricted grants to 80 DC-area artists whose income or opportunities have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. The $1,000 grants are for immediate needs such as rent, food, childcare, and healthcare. WPA launched this program with the generous support of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Additional contributions have brought the fund to over $100,000 allowing WPA to announce a third round of Recovery Grants.
Application Open for Next Round of Recovery Grants
As the COVID-19 crisis magnifies racial disparities, WPA is aware of the financial challenges facing Black artists in the DC community. Understanding the long-reaching effects of systemic racism and injustice, WPA will prioritize Black applicants during this next round of funding. The $1,000 grants will be awarded on a bi-weekly basis until funds run out. The first deadline for applications is Friday, July 10, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
Announcing New Wherewithal Research Grants
Additionally, WPA is excited to announce Wherewithal Research Grants. This grant opportunity enables DC-area visual artists to further their practices through research and idea development. The $5,000 grants can be used to compensate applicants for their intellectual labor, for costs associated with gaining access to specific resources, and/or to pay other artists and thinkers for their time and contributions. Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel of artists and arts professionals. We anticipate awarding 12 grants.
The application portal for Research Grants is open. The deadline is Sunday, August 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm.
If you are interested in Research Grants and would like to discuss your application before applying, sign up to meet one-on-one with Nathalie von Veh during her virtual "Office Hours" here.
We encourage you to attend the Virtual Information Session on Thursday, July 16 at 5:00 pm (the session will be recorded). Register to attend here.
The Wherewithal Recovery Fund is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Glenstone Foundation, Anonymous, Christine Cannon, Sabine Carlson, Rose Ann Cleveland, Reema Ghazi, Francis Gorman, Laurel Hausler, Nancy Hirshbein, Phillippa Hughes, Latela Curatorial, Justin Littman, Jennifer Lyman, Ronan Lynam, Dee Loeffler, Sally Maier, Sophia McCrocklin and Bill Isaacson, Matthew McLaughlin, linn meyers, Busra Ozpolat, Lily Siegel and Benjamin Stokes, and Maida Withers.
We anticipate continued need for emergency relief funds for artists. To help grow the fund please donate here or contact Alexa Kaye at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your contribution will be 100% tax-deductible, and will help us reach more DC-area artists who are directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Wherewithal Research Grants are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
June 23, 2020