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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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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
No, they are international.
Hope this helps!
StephanieNicole1002 Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Could the grant be used to publish an art book, or children's books?
Seems like a good way to motivate the community with art and get some creative recognition. Excellent
Cathats 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.

Any possibility that DA might extend its Creative Grants to those who wish to go to art schools or colleges of their choice?
I joined recently and seems to be an intruiging idea.
toto777 Aug 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
HEY ANYONE, was this a one time grant or will this be going on every 3 months?
LunaNightSky 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
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.
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