Grants for Women Artists

Not everyone is endowed with the creativity and skill necessary to become a great artist. Whether it is in painting, sculpting, sketching, photography, or any other field, it demands great skill and a fountain of ideas to produce a masterpiece. It is not easy to produce a beautiful painting out of colored pigments out of a metal tube or make a three-dimensional sculpture out of clay or mud. Nonetheless, there are still a lot of promising artists today with great ideas and skill despite the present age of computer-generated artworks. However, most of them cannot pursue their projects in mind due to financial difficulties. Producing one artwork, more so a master piece is also an expensive endeavor with all the materials needed and not to mention the amount needed for their works to be showcased in an art gallery. Luckily, there are organizations and foundations all over the country that provide grants to artists who may have the talent but not the cash to pursue their projects. Specifically, these grants are intended for women artists who may have projects in mind but were not able to bring it to reality because of financial problems. Here are some of the foundations and organizations providing grants for women artists.

Alex J. Ettl Grant

The Alex J. Ettl Grant, sponsored by the National Sculpture Society, provides a $4,000 grant given annually to a realist or figurative sculptor. This grant is for a sculptor with a mature body of work and not intended for sculptures created in workshops or any other instructional setting.

Applicants should be residents or citizens of the United States with a social security number and should not be a member of the National Sculpture Society. Interested sculptors are required to submit a CD containing at least twelve images of at least ten different works in JPEG format, a list of these works including the title, medium and dimensions, and a biography or resume about your education, awards and honors, exhibitions, and other pertinent information. The deadline of application is on September 30, 2011 and must be mailed to:

Alex J. Ettl Grant
National Sculpture Society
75 Varick St, Floor 11
New York, NY 10013

The recipient of the grant will be announced at the National Sculpture Society’s Honors and Awards Dinner in the summer of 2012.

For more information, you may visit the society’s website at You may also send your questions or comments by filling up a form at

The George and Helen Segal Foundation Grant

Intended for photographers in New Jersey, the George and Helen Segal Foundation provides $5,000 and $10,000 grants to aspiring artists in the field of photography. This is open to professional photographers 21 years or older who are residents of New Jersey. The foundation does not provide grants to students.

Interested photographers must submit an application form that can be downloaded at Together with this, you must also include a cover letter describing how the grant will help you in advancing your career in photography, a CD containing six (6) images of your current work with pertinent details, and a resume indicating your exhibitions, awards and other professional information. Deadline of submission of requirements is on October 15, 2011 and the awarding of the grants is on March 1, 2012. The application form together with the other attachments must be mailed to:

The George and Helen Segal Foundation
357 Shawn Place
North Brunswick, NJ 08902

For more information regarding this grant, visit or contact the foundation via the following:

Phone: (732) 951-0950
Fax: (732) 821-5877

Art and Change Grant

The Art and Change Grant of the Leeway Foundation provides grants of up to $2,500 to women and trans (transsexual or transgender) artists residing in the Delaware Valley area who have works that convey social change in the community. This grant is open to all artists of any medium and may be used for expenses related to their present project such as materials and equipments. This is not intended for organizations, corporations or fundraising activities.

Interested women artists may apply only once per grant cycle. The deadline of submission of application requirements are twice per year: March 15 and September 15. Please choose the deadline that precedes the date of your project. Projects completed prior to the deadline will not be accepted.

All applicants must be living in the Delaware Valley area (Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia County), at least 18 years old, have an artistic project for social change, and have a Change Partner. A Change Partner is a person, organization or business that aims to help you in your endeavor to convey social change through your works.

Interested women artists may download that application guidelines as well as the application form at This also contains a list of other necessary documents that should be submitted. The application requirements should be dropped-off or sent to:

Leeway Foundation
The Philadelphia Building
1315 Walnut Street, Suite 832
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The foundation does not accept applications submitted through email or fax.

For more details regarding this grant, you may visit the foundation’s website at or contact them at the following:

Phone: 215-545-4078

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