The Idea Fund provides up to 12 cash awards at three distinct levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Stimulus ($7,000) artist-generated, or artist-centered projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support.

Support is provided for individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives, or partnerships from the Houston metro area (Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, and Montgomery counties).

Applicants are encouraged to attend one of the free information sessions listed below.

The Idea Fund Round 8 (2016)

Online Application Portal and Guidelines

Application deadline: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 (11:59 pm)
Grantee announcements: December 2015
Project completion deadline: December 31, 2016

Information Sessions

Wednesday, September 16, 3 pm
Prairie View A&M University, Main Campus

Tuesday, September 22, 6 pm
Aurora Picture Show

Thursday, September 24, 1:30 pm
Houston Community College Southeast – Eastside Campus

Monday, October 12, 1 pm
University of Houston-Clear Lake

Thursday, October 15, 6 pm
Galveston Artist Residency

Round 8 Jurors

Shana Berger and Nathan Purath / co-directors, Coleman Center for the Arts, York, AL

Joy Moore / artist and 2015 Idea Fund recipient

Ted Purves / writer, artist, and Chair of the Graduate Program of Fine Arts at California College of the Arts, Oakland

The Idea Fund is administered through a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.