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The Kentucky Foundation for Women offers two grant programs: Artist Enrichment and Art Meets Activism.

The 2015 Art Meets Activism applications are now available!  

Participatory workshops will be held in February in Paducah, Louisville, and Berea.  To learn more and to download an application form, click here.

The Artist Enrichment grant provides opportunities for feminist artists and arts organizations to further their artistic development to create art for positive social change.

The Art Meets Activism grant supports feminist artists and organizations in actively engaging individuals and communities in artmaking that is directly focused on positive social change in Kentucky.

KFW awards $200,000 in grants annually, $100,000 in each program.

The deadline for the Artist Enrichment grant is typically the first week of September, and the deadline for the Art Meets Activism grant is typically the first week of March.

If you are interested in applying for either of these grants, please first review the "Thinking About Applying" information below.


Thinking About KFW’s Mission Questions to help you think about whether you understand and fit KFW’s mission

Thinking about feminism, art and social change. Questions to help you think about your feminist beliefs and practices, how feminism connects with the art you want to create, and how your art promotes positive social change

Thinking about results and impact.  Questions to help you think about the change you want to make, and the difference your art makes to others.

Thinking about which program is right for you

Thinking about the Retreat and Residency Program at Hopscotch House

About the Artist Enrichment Grant
Questions to help you think about the AE grant

About the Art Meets Activism Grant
Questions to help you think about the AMA grant

Frequently Asked Questions about Applying for a Grant

Thinking about eligibility

The KFW Grantmaking Process

Who may apply for KFW grants?

Individual artists and organizations who are engaging in arts-based activities may apply. Applicants must be residents of Kentucky. KFW is committed to making grants accessible to all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical ability, education level, economic condition, or geographic origin.

What criteria are used in the review process?

The reviewers assess the applications based on the following criteria:

  1. Artwork in sample is strong, highly original, and reflects feminism and social change.
  2. AE grant: Proposed activities will further applicant’s development as a feminist social change artist. AMA grant: Proposed activities will directly benefit women and girls in Kentucky.
  3. Application and work sample demonstrate applicant’s understanding and practice of feminism.
  4. Application and work sample demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between art and social change.
  5. Work plan, timeline, and budget are clear, detailed, and realistic.
  6. Applicant’s ability to complete the proposed activities is clearly shown.

Note: When considering applications of equal merit, the KFW Board of Directors has asked reviewers to give priority to underrepresented demographic populations and first time applicants (applicants who have not received KFW funding).

How much money can I request?

Grants range from $ 1,000 to $7,500. Due to the number of strong applications received, KFW reviewers are rarely able to recommend full funding. The typical grant award is $2,000 to $4,000 for artist enrichment grants, and $3,000 to $5,000 for Art Meets Activism grants.

What is the grant application timeline?

For the Artist Enrichment Grant:
Applications Available: Typically sometime in July
Application Deadline: Typically First Friday of September
Notification Sent: End of November
Checks Sent: End of December
Final Reports Due: January of the following year

For the Art Meets Activism Grant:
Applications Available: Typically sometime in January
Application Deadline: Typically First Friday of March
Notification Sent: End of May
Checks Sent: End of June
Final Reports Due: July of the following year

What are the Eligibility Requirements?

Because KFW is a private 501(c)3 foundation, grants cannot be used for:

  • business enterprises
  • for-profit organizations
  • tuition costs or living expenses while working toward a degree
  • promotion of specific religious doctrines
  • endowment or capital campaigns or renovations of institutional facilities
  • general operating costs for organizations

Because KFW focuses on supporting the creation of art by feminists in Kentucky, KFW does not fund:

  • non-art related expenses (i.e., overdue bills, taxes, etc.)
  • work conducted by artists or organizations that have not resided in Kentucky for at least one year at the time of application
  • activities that do not focus on improving the lives of Kentucky women and girls

A Note About Archives

Duke University is the designated archive for all KFW records. After five years, the foundation forwards the files concerning funded grant proposals to the Rare Book Manuscripts and Special Collections Library at Duke University. All KFW records deposited at Duke are open to qualified researchers. By submitting this application, you waive any right to claim a privacy interest in the funded grant materials.

To Contact KFW:
Kentucky Foundation for Women
1215 Heyburn Building
332 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202-2184
Phone: (502) 562-0045
Toll Free: (866) 654-7564

Fax: (502) 561-0420