The Idea Fund provides cash to artists, collectives, and/or curators for the creatiion of new work that involves the public via process, production, or presentation. The Idea Fund accepts proposals from artists/curators focusing on the visual arts, performance, film, video, new media, social practice, and interdisciplinary projects.

Projects may include an exhibition or exhibition series; a public art project; a one-time event or performance; the ongoing work of a collective, collaborative, or artist space; an online project or publication; an artist residency; a series of screenings; and more. The Idea Fund seeks to support new works with the resulting project activities accessible and presented to the public.


The Idea Fund will support up to 12 cash awards at three distinct levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Stimulus ($7,000). The majority of funds are disbursed upon awarding of an Idea Fund grant. Upon submission of a final report, grantees will receive a final payment to seed their next project.

The Idea Fund is a competitive grant process. Grantees are chosen by a panel of arts professionals and a past Idea Fund grantee.


501(c)(3) organizations are NOT eligible to apply

The lead artist of a proposed project MUST reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty or Montogomery


The Idea Fund Partners

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987. In accordance with Andy Warhol’s will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation’s objective is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work. The Foundation values the contribution these organizations make to artists and audiences and to society as a whole by supporting, exhibiting and interpreting a broad spectrum of contemporary artistic practice.

The Warhol Foundation Initiative is a multi-million dollar capacity-building effort directed at smaller visual arts organizations. The Initiative has provided substantial support to numerous small to mid-sized artist-based organizations, helping them attain greater fiscal stability while improving services to artists and their audiences.

Aurora Picture Show

Aurora Picture Show is a non-profit cinema dedicated to non-commercial film, video and new media artists, providing promotion, exhibition and honoraria. Aurora has distinguished itself as a home for vanguard work that falls outside of conventional moviemaking, and traditionally has fewer exhibition outlets. Since 1998, Aurora has presented over 3500 short films and videos from around the world.


Known for its groundbreaking artistic and education programs, DiverseWorks is one of the premiere contemporary arts centers in the United States. For more than 30 years, DiverseWorks has been a hub for the presentation of daring and innovative work, commissioning major artistic projects in all disciplines, and an advocate for artists worldwide. Founded by artists for artists, DiverseWorks continues its commitment to bold artistic exploration, creative risk-taking, and building audiences for contemporary art.

Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses is a neighborhood-based art and cultural organization located in Houston’s Third Ward. PRH was established in 1993 on a site of 22 abandoned shotgun houses (circa 1930) to connect the work of artists with the revitalization of our community. It was inspired by the work of African-American artist Dr. John Biggers who celebrated the social significance of the shotgun house community in his paintings. Our work is founded on the principle that art and the community that creates it can revitalize even the most depressed of inner-city neighborhoods. Thus, the mission of Project Row Houses is to transform community through the celebration of art and African American history and culture.

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