Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants

The Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) will distribute a total of $300,000 in funding—up to $20,000 per project—to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.

The AWAW EAG program is administered by NYFA and is funded by Anonymous Was A Woman.

GRANT TIMELINE

Applications Open: Tuesday, March 5, 2024 at 10:00 AM ET
Applications Close: Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET*
Applicants Notified: August 2024

*Please note that the application form on Submittable will automatically close and stop accepting applications at this time.

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply.

The intended impact of the project is an important factor in the selection process. Environmental art projects that qualify for this program may focus on the following themes, but are not limited to:

  • Regeneration
  • Eco-social engagement
  • Decarbonization as decolonization
  • Ecofeminism
  • Climate change/climate collapse
  • Systems-restoration
  • Interspecies relationships
  • Natural or built systems
  • Recycling and repurposing
  • Clean energy production
  • Bioplastics

Selected projects must benefit the public in some way, and are required to have a public engagement component by August 31, 2025. The public engagement component must be free to attend, open to the general public, and must add value to the public sphere rather than solely benefiting the artist’s private gain. Online events are acceptable as long as they are attended by a live audience.

NYFA is committed to supporting artists from every background, and at all stages in their creative careers. Artists of color, artists with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

This grant is funded by Anonymous Was A Woman. If you would like to contribute to this initiative, please email [email protected].

HOW TO APPLY

NYFA only accepts applications online via apply.nyfa.org/submit.

Before applying, please review the application guidelines.

INFORMATION SESSION

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 2:00 PM ET
The NYFA Grants team will be hosting a virtual information session over Zoom designed to help applicants build a strong application. The one-hour session will include an overview of the program, a summary of eligibility requirements, tips to filling out the application, and a live Q&A. Registration is required.

Register

The info session will be recorded and will be available for viewing on this page within one week of the live session.

APPLICATION ASSISTANCE

To request an accommodation or if you need assistance in applying online, please email [email protected]. We ask that requests for accommodation be made as soon as possible, and no later than Thursday, April 4 to allow adequate time for staff to support the applicant before the deadline.

All questions should be directed to [email protected].

Image Detail: Shanjana Mahmud and Luke Eddins (AWAW EAG ’22), Winter Species, drying harvested kelp, May 2022.