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Applying for Grants

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 are the Eligibility Requirements?

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


Read: Thinking About Eligibility

The reviewers assess the applications based on the following criteria:


  • Artwork in sample is strong and reflects feminism and social change.
  • AE grant: Proposed activities will further applicant’s development as a feminist social change artist. AMA grant: Proposed activities engage community members in artmaking that directly benefits women and girls in Kentucky.
  • Application and work sample demonstrate applicant’s understanding and practice of feminism.
  • Application and work sample demonstrate a clear understanding of the relationship between art and social change.
  • Work plan, timeline, and budget are clear, detailed, and realistic.
  • 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).

Artist Enrichment Grant:

  • Applications Available: Typically sometime in August
  • Application Deadline: Typically last Monday in August
  • Notification Sent: Beginning of December
  • Checks Sent: Early-Mid January
  • Final Reports Due: January of the following year


Art Meets Activism Grant:

  • Applications Available: Typically sometime in February
  • Application Deadline: Typically last Monday in February
  • Notification Sent: Beginning of June
  • Checks Sent: Early July
  • Final Reports Due: July of the following year

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