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One Time Grants - Kentucky Foundation For Women
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One Time Grants

In some years, KFW is able to offer grants outside of our regular grant programs for special initiatives on select topics.


In 2020, KFW is offering “Bridging Divides: a grant opportunity for experienced KFW Grantees


Similar to the AMA grant, the Bridging Divides grant supports feminist artists and organizations in Kentucky to engage individuals and communities in artmaking that directly advances positive social change towards bridging divides. Applicants may request funds for a range of art activities that address social change including but not limited to: community participation in creating art, collaborative or individualized artmaking with women and/or girls, artists’ creation of new work in a community context, or arts education programs primarily focused on women or girls.


With this grant, KFW chooses to honor the work of the many grantees who have been consistently creating feminist social change impact in their communities. The purpose of this grant is to invest in these efforts to bridge divides for greater change and sustainable impact.


“Experienced KFW Grantees” will be defined as having received two or more grants from KFW of $1500 or more each or one grant of $3000 or more. Individual artists and nonprofit organizations must be residents of KY and meet KFW’s eligibility requirements. KFW is committed to making grants accessible to all, regardless of age, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, educational level, economic condition or geographic origin.


Applicants may ask for up to $10,000. This grant will be a yes or no decision; there will not be an option for reduced funding. There may be an opportunity for a continuation of funding in 2021, dependent on the availability of KFW funds and the applicant’s completion of grant reporting.


The Bridging Divides grant will be a highly competitive process. Only a few projects will be selected due to availability of funds. Reviewers will prioritize applicants that have demonstrated consistent feminist social change impact in their communities.


For more information, click here for Bridging Divides Guidelines.

2019: Advancing Democracy; Building Power

In response this era of extreme political division in our nation, we asked artist-activists to reflect on the promise of our democracy, as well as the ongoing struggle to live up to its unrealized potential. We invited artists to imagine how their art (visual, performing, media or literary) can inspire action towards building power for women and girls, sharing power among and within our communities and wielding power towards fulfilling the promise of an equitable democracy.


2018: Girls of Color Voice and Vision

The purpose of this grant was to elevate the voices and lived experiences of girls of color through shared stories and art making.  The stories of girls of color can be examples of dynamic creativity and resilience. What are girls of color saying about their strengths, vulnerabilities, dreams, goals and visions? These inspiring artists and organizations in Kentucky are creating space where the diverse voices and perspectives of girls of color can be valued and heard.


2016: Radical Art for Social Change

The purpose of the 2016 Special Grant was to respond to what’s happening in the world/your community by addressing a radical, timely and urgent feminist topic through artmaking.  KFW was able to award seven  Special Grants, two at $10,000 and five at $8000 to feminist artists and organizations across Kentucky working on themes that are “Radical, Timely and Urgent” in their communities.


2015: 30 Years—Feminist Art for Social Change in Kentucky

In celebration of KFW’s 30th Anniversary, KFW created a one-time special grant, awarding over $20,000 to artists who have been at the forefront of creating feminist art for social change in Kentucky. The artists who received these grants are focused on meaningful, interactive artmaking that addresses timely and urgent feminist topics. They are forging new connections within and between communities in Kentucky, and creating work that will reach diverse audiences while directly impacting women and girls in Kentucky.

The Firestarter Award honors artists 18 to 25 who are taking risks in the creation of new art, engaged in social justice/community engagement, and who demonstrate a developing feminist voice, including new insights and visions and/or fresh approaches to feminist topics or art for social change.

“These young feminist artists are confronting issues of mental health, gender equity and self-expression that are central to a healthy society. Each are forging new spaces for dialogue and engagement, thought-provoking performances and community participation. They are breaking new ground with the courage and initiative that marks a true Firestarter,” said KFW Executive Director Sharon LaRue.
Red Biddix, (they/them/their) 25, of Louisville was nominated and selected as a Firestarter Award Winner for their work in fashion and spoken word. Red’s work lifts up issues such as mental health, Black lives matter, black girl magic, pride, and community. Red is the creator of the clothing line Vintage as Fuk, which promotes mental health awareness. A single mother, Biddix has dealt with anxiety and depression. Under the pseudonym Afrodisiac, Red also creates written word poetry and textile work with a focus on color and freedom from labels. They have worked with the city on community murals. Their approach is multifaceted. They draw, paint, and work with textiles to create a whole world of color. Their unapologetic use of words to make us think, their street style and handpainted textiles are a tribute to the black gender spectrum.  Red is pushing boundaries and taking risks in their art, bringing fresh approaches to feminist art for social change.
Candy Glass, (she/her/hers) 21 of Grayson, was nominated for her feminist work in both visual arts (painting/drawing) and performance art (aerial acrobatics). Candy graduated Ashland Community and Technical College in 2017 with an Associate of Arts degree and works with visual arts and performance/aerial arts to address topics including mental health, body positivity, LGBTQ+/equality, female empowerment, freedom of expression, desexualizing nudity, chronic illness, sexuality, self-growth, and individuality. Candy’s art is created from a unique feminist voice. Both her two-dimensional art and her Cirque and Flow dance deal with feminism, equality, and the female form. Her drawings are thought provoking and insightful. Reoccurring themes in her artwork include mental illness, body positivity, desexualizing the naked female body, and female empowerment. She is also a member of the performance art troupe, the Cosmadolls, which is centered around female empowerment, self-love, and social change. Cosmadolls performs to raise funds for domestic violence shelters and Trans Equality. Candy’s art has exposed subjects considered “taboo,” to some audiences, yet she persists.  Candy is not afraid to create art that is provocative, controversial, and feminist.

Monthly Micro Grant 2020


To meet the needs of feminist artists creating work for social change, KFW is offering small (up to $500), monthly, quick turn-around microgrants. This program will be streamlined to allow artists to request smaller amounts to meet short-term needs and will be accessible on a monthly basis.


This program is currently on hold due to COVID-19 response recommendations.


To read the full Monthly Micro Grant guidelines, click here.

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