The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts

Overview and Guidelines



The Foundation’s grantmaking activity is focused on serving the needs of artists by funding the institutions that support them. Grants are made for scholarly exhibitions at museums; curatorial research; visual arts programming at artist-centered organizations; artist residencies and commissions; arts writing; and efforts to promote the health, welfare and first amendment rights of artists.  

For a history of the grantmaking program, please see the Foundation’s Recently Awarded Grants page.


Grants are made on a project basis to curatorial programs at museums, artists' organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, and other organizational activities directly related to these areas. The program also supports the creation of new work through regranting initiatives and artist-in-residence programs. The foundation values the contributions of all artists, reflecting the true diversity of the contemporary art field, and encourages proposals that highlight women, artists of color, and under-represented practitioners.

Scholarly research undertaken in the field of contemporary art is funded through Curatorial Research Fellowships. Curators at any stage of their careers are eligible to apply and must have the formal support of an insitution and its director. It is assumed that research will lead to a significant exhibition, though this is not a requirement. Generally these fellowships are for projects with long lead times and may involve significant travel. Grants to curators do not preclude separate proposals from sponsoring institutions in any given grant round.

Grants are also made to support efforts to strengthen areas that directly affect the context in which artists work. In 2006 the Foundation formally designated one of its grants The Wynn Kramarsky Freedom of Artistic Expression Award to recognize the work of organizations with a deep-seated commitment to preserving and defending the First Amendment rights of artists. Named in honor of the Foundation's former Board Chair, the grant rewards outstanding advocacy, legal, and curatorial efforts on behalf of those whose rights to free expression have been challenged.

The foundation believes that freedom of expression is a core principle of an open and enlightened democracy. It welcomes proposals from artist-centered organizations that share this belief, reject bigotry of any sort, and promote inclusive dialogue regarding social, political, cultural and economic issues affecting not only artists but all people.


A full proposal for funding should include the following:

- A letter of approximately 3 pages describing the activity for which funds are being requested; if applying for the first time, give a brief description of the organization's mission, purpose and goals.
- A project budget
- A copy of the organization's 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS
- A letter of support from the sponsoring organization's director (for Curatorial Research Fellowship applicants only)

Please do not send any additional material with your proposal. Proposals may be submitted either by mail or by email. Please select only one method of application and send only one copy.

If submitting by mail, address the proposal to:

Rachel Bers, Program Director
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
65 Bleecker Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10012

If submitting by email, send to and attach all materials as Word documents, Excel documents or PDFs. You will receive an email notification within 24 hours confirming materials have successfully been submitted. Proposals received via mail will receive a postcard indicating receipt of submission. Grant requests are reviewed twice a year. Please note: is for applications only. All other communications should be made through

The postmark deadlines for proposals are March 1 with notification on July 1 and September 1 with notification on January 1.

- The Foundation will only consider proposals for museum exhibitions* opening no sooner than six months from the grant notification date. (*Note: This only applies to museum exhibitions. For those institutions seeking multi-year program support, projects may begin immediately upon grant notification.) 
- If, for example, your organization receives a one-year grant, as a result of an application in the Fall 2019 grant cycle, you would be eligible to re-apply one year later, in Fall 2020. If your organization receives a multi-year grant, as a result of an application in the Fall 2019 grant cycle, you must wait one year after the final year of the grant period before re-applying, and therefore would be eligible to reapply, Fall 2022. 
- Please be aware that priority is given to organizations that have not received recent funding. 

Note that the Foundation is unable to fund proposals using a fiscal agent. The Foundation is also unable to make grants directly to individuals.


The Foundation's grant program is primarily focused on supporting institutions within the United States. However, in rare cases, we will make grants outside the United States. For this reason, we accept letters of inquiry from arts institutions abroad. Please include a brief description of the organization and of the project for which you are seeking funding. In limited cases, the Foundation will then request a full proposal.

Letters of inquiry may be sent to the address given above.

For further help, you may address your query to: