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Announcing the deviantART Creative Grants

At deviantART, we have spent the past 11 years building a place where artists can share and discuss their work and get inspired by the work of their contemporaries. A noble cause, for certain, but we would like to be so much more to our beloved community of brilliant creatives. Starting today, deviantART will also be a means of inspiration in an entirely new way with financial support for art.

On 3 month cycles, deviantART will accept applications from artists seeking to fund art-related projects. A panel called the Creative Grants Board will pick those projects that they believe will benefit particularly from a Grant and give those artists the support they need to make it happen. The lucky few who are chosen to receive Grants will also be given a beautiful accolade on their deviantART Profile Page to celebrate their success.

All applications in a given cycle will be reviewed by members of the Board fairly and Grants will be given to as few or as many as the review panel deems appropriate within the budget of available funds. Grants will range between $250 and $750 per application for the first cycle of funding, with a total funding of $10,000 available.

  • Installation of an art exhibition
  • Additional artist materials or resources to support
    the production or public display of art

  • A piece of work that requires specific tools
  • Costs to run a creative event

If you're looking for money to pay your rent, go to classes, upgrade your Group to Super status, buy a Premium Membership, or pay off your student loans, this is not for you.

Announcing the deviantART Creative Grants initiative, a means of inspiration in an entirely new way with financial support for art.
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facnh Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2015
I keep receiving a profile error when I try to apply for the grant :(
Buffazoneart Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Can a school apply for a deviantART Grant or must it be an individual?
KarmaBarnes Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013
hello, I have an inquiry in regards to if applicants are limited to the US or can I apply here in Australia? The grant application has come up on a community funding hub. Thank you Karma Barnes
fourteenthstar Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013
No, they are international.
Hope this helps!
StephanieNicole1002 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could the grant be used to publish an art book, or children's books?
gregoridesigns Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012
Seems like a good way to motivate the community with art and get some creative recognition. Excellent
Cathats Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Its great to see deviantART doing this!

Awarding grants is a fantastic way to help artists better themselves.

I still remember getting my very first artists grant back in the early 90s when I was a college student. Its very reaffirming and helpful in keeping you motivated as an artist.
Germania9 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012

Any possibility that DA might extend its Creative Grants to those who wish to go to art schools or colleges of their choice?
cpena78 Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012
I joined recently and seems to be an intruiging idea.
toto777 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HEY ANYONE, was this a one time grant or will this be going on every 3 months?
LunaNightSky Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
What a wonderful idea! I know there are a lot of average-joe deviants such as myself here, and quite a few who seem to be mad that it doesn't apply for schooling.

However I'm glad to hear that our Professional buddies are given a little assistance! Its glad to hear n_n
And who knows- maybe if this goes off well they will respond back and give out scholarships. :D
goodmanclothing Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012
That's very interesting pretty sure there are plenty of artist who have been looking for something like this. This is something a upcoming artist should attack ASAP, keep the good flow coming.
KaiCH3 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I really hope i can get this grant. got a lot of things to do with my project.
Jymaru Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Would an online Arts Agency be applicable for a Grant?
Tyrox79 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
amazing idea I love it
Anipo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional
We have tried already anything to get some sort of information from you but nothing yet is clear. Me, (*Anipo) and Royce Deans (*draunaturel) sent to DA creative funds a request and filed the application.. we never got any confirmation or word that they got it.
after 3 notes, tweets, comments and lots of wondering.. we just want to know if you got anything from us.
(it was on 8th June).
please let me know?

puffbird Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012   Traditional Artist
Thanks for providing this excellent opportunity! I have submitted my application.

I had more supplemental materials to submit, but I received an error when I tried to send a zip file. Is there any way we can send additional images?
bigsmash Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2012  Student Interface Designer
ok if i do that and i hope they send my a box so i can send my pictures off so they can send me the money.
Doubtful-Della Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Professional Photographer
So do we find out yes or no (if we have applied) at the end of every three month cycle?
romeogfx Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012
Great initiative DA! Love you guys!
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012
I'm very pleased to see this program here. However, a little more info would be good as to what you expect a Deviant to tell you in their plea... like, how much money it would cost. And how much the Grant program would provide (i.e., what are the limitations?)
chibibilllusty Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student
sounds hard D: but challenging! :iconomigawdplz:
draunaturel Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I sent in my application today. When will I receive notification that it was received?
lilynoelle Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Student General Artist
It's very sad to see all of the negative comments on this thread. I hope they will be removed; they take away from the good message DA's grants is trying to achieve. That being said, will this grant be for traditional art, digital art, photography, and writing? Or is it only for traditional arts?
ponygirl74 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012   General Artist
Great idea and good luck to all who submitted an application for this grant.
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enkopte Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
applied but I my birthday is incorrect.. is it of any importance?
GLoabalGOthian Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
negativesanchez98 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how DA comes up with an amazing idea that could actually give to the community and those who are less fortunate and all we can do is fight and flame each other : (

You keep doing your thing DA. I think it's a wonderful idea.
greentealolz Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
This would have been helpful a few months ago when I needed extra cash for an upcoming exhibit... X_x;;;
But wonderful program none the less!
QuicheLoraine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012
While I think it is wonderful that DeviantART is helping artists, I think it is sad that there AREN'T more programs --period-- that help ART STUDENTS who are going to school to better themselves and better their financial situation and quality of life for their families by going to school. Whether one is relying on guaranteed student loans and or Pell grants, the VA's Voc Rehab & subsistence for disabled veterans, the GI bill, even scholarships, school is a financial hardship for the majority of students, and those funds do not cover everything, and more often than not, students are already thousands of dollars in debt by the time they graduate, aside from the student loans. It is sad when you have to decide between rent, groceries, the necessities, the electric bill, phone bill etc., or required art supplies, software a textbook, etc., and it is that little bit of need-based help that all the above do not cover that would make a difference. Sadder still are those people who have given up hope of going to school because of the financial burden the above financial aid programs do nothing to alleviate. I am perhaps preaching to the choir, but it was worth mentioning, and I hope it makes a difference.
godmaschine Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012

it's not for fucking students? potential art students?

are you fucking KIDDING me.
madcoffee Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
this is great
peterlaurence Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aidal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
how do you know if you are qualified for this grant? :nod:
miorats Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I also had issues adding files. I do have some examples images for my project.
Aidal Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
you can only add one file i guess because when i submitted zip file it errors cant submitted file :nod:
KleinBytjie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't think I will be applying, but I am love this idee. Just think how happy that person will be that gets the help!
MsCyberBird Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Have that grant go towards College Art Major Tuition and you got yourself a deal!!!!! This is exciting!
SOULSSHINE Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist



Were everyone could help everyone ...
- Instead of just "some big palls" paying big bucks for some few 1 or two lucky bastards to showcase themselves ...

And i mean the Idea / its very good an innovating / Congrats to The Deviantart Staff for this ...


Wich would bring Big Millions Fund "to all us" ..
Cause Is just for U.S Citizens ...
And deviantart would be able to confront it in the same business tipe ...

"26 Apr 2012 – The fact that raised over $9 million last month alone just"

ANd the fact that deviantart could Face To face kickStarter Business competition in favour to all worldwide artists ...


And then we are talking ...

Good Luck



TheCatNamed400 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
for being on deviantart for 6 years i am glad to see this happen, and definitely i am going to be applying for this.
KleinBytjie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree :)
ScrambledMeg Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student
Thank you DeviantART, this is lovely. I look forward to applying when i start doing installations. C:
KyotoDragon Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
Seems alot of folks are missing the point of the deviantART Creative Grants. This project appears to want to help deviants need a bit of funding to showcase their artwork in places where it will be seen by a wider audiance which in turn might help them publish their work or perhaps be offered work in their artistic field. While this grant is no guarantee that an individual actually does get published or offered work it does offer exposure which is something many artists never get.

For those who feel that art courses should be included; there are numerous ART scholarships and grants available for those who want to study art or take college level courses. A simple google search will show what is available in your area and even nationally. It should also be noted that as with any scholarship there is no guarantee the student will finsh the course and each scholarship awared will have adendems that deal with that.

Perhaps in the future deviantART will be able to expand the program however that takes money and that would mean a wider participation by the deviant community to enable that funding.
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xXxEli Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Damn iam not that creative But wow reall cool announce ♥
GingerKellyStudio Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:woohoo: Awesome! Great idea dA :clap:
SisterHipster Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
When will that be announced of who qualifies? Any set date in mind?
bigsmash Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Interface Designer
well ill think about it.
dawkinsia Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Student Digital Artist
I'm interested in digital art and it need a notebook and a tablet and some ideas.
and I already have those things.
Digital art generally doesn't need much more money...
so... I don't need that money and would better to pass apply for this grants.
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