Video-visual-arts-224x68Creative Capital, according to their web site, is "the only national grantmaking and artist service organization for individual artists with an open application process." Their 2011 grant cycle -- which will hand out 20+ grants of $10,000 -- just opened on February 1st, and runs until March 1st. If you're a U.S. citizen (or permanent legal resident) 25 or older, check out the 2011 grant guidelines [PDF link]. Here are the details:

This year, Creative Capital will support approximately 23 projects in Film/Video and 23 projects in Visual Arts at initial levels of $10,000 each. Including follow-up monetary support, a project may receive as much as $50,000 in direct financial support during the life cycle of the award, with the average amount closer to $35,000. This is in addition to advisory and professional services with an average value of $37,000, bringing the potential support per project up to $87,000.

Creative Capital is now accepting Letters of Inquiry for grants in Film/Video and Visual Arts. The Inquiry Form will be available online until March 1. Please visit to read the grant guidelines and access the Inquiry Form.

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects. We support artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their forms, yet also boldly original; who create work that carries
the potential to reshape the cultural landscape.

To be eligible to apply, an artist must be:

  • A U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident
  • At least 25 years old
  • A working artist with at least five years of professional experience
  • Not a full-time student

About the Application Process
To apply for a Creative Capital grant, an artist must first submit an online Inquiry Form regarding his or her project. The Inquiry Form for Film/Video and Visual Arts will be available on the Creative Capital website on February 1, 2011. Inquiry Forms must be submitted by March 1, 2011. After the Inquiry phase, selected applicants will advance through two further application phases during the year, and grantees will be announced in January 2012. The Inquiry Form will reopen in February 2012 for Emerging Fields, Innovative Literature and Performing Arts.

Link: Creative Capital Grant Application