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Barbara Deming Memorial Fund

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Barbara Deming Memorial Fund


Small artist support grants ( $500 – $1500 ) to individual feminist women in the arts who are citizens with primary residence in the U.S and Canada.

Applications from women artists and writers (cis and transgendered) who:

Exhibit high quality and originality in their work
Use feminism as their central interpretive lens
Value both personal and political changes that stand against the limitations and controls exerted against women and aim at optimum freedom and agency for women
Validate differences that overlap with gender such as race, ethnicity and class
Express an inclusive vision of social justice while focusing on justice for women

Funding projects which you have begun or are well underway, and for which you have substantial work to show. Please take time to read the guidelines and application form via Submittable carefully.

Applicants will be notified about grant decisions approximately five months after the deadline date.

Film, video, theatre, dance, music and performance projects, scripts and compositions are not eligible. We do not award work which is or will be self-published. We do not give loans or provide money for educational assistance, work on dissertations or research (except research to be used in writing a book). We do not provide funds for the cost of editing services, business projects, or emergency money for people in need. We rarely give money to groups.

Former grantees must wait three years before reapplying.

The Application cycle begins January 1 st and ends January 31 st annually.

Below are the materials you will need to submit:

Basic Application:

Project description (max 400 words)
Description explaining why you are applying to a feminist fund (max 100 words)
Resume (max 2 pages)
Project Samples

Project Samples by Category :

Poetry, Fiction & Nonfiction – Submit no more than 15 pages with a minimum of 10 pages. Your writing sample should be no smaller than 12 point type and double-spaced for Fiction and Nonfiction, single or double-spaced for Poetry. Please paginate and use the header to include your name and project title on the top right corner of each page.

Mixed Genre (graphic and visual art with text) – Text and illustrations must be formatted or scanned and submitted in a single PDF document with a 15 page maximum, 10 page minimum.

Visual Artists – 4 work samples in jpeg format and a list of images (pdf) which includes file name, title, size, medium & date matching each of the 4 image samples submitted.

Jpeg image specifications: Each JPEG may be no larger than 1600 pixels in any direction. The image resolution must be between 72 and 100 dpi. Each file must be less than 1MB and labeled with the applicant’s last name followed by a period, first initial, underscore and number, for example SMITH.J_1.JPG, SMITH.J_2.JPG.

DEADLINES (you may apply in only one genre)
January 1 – January 31, 2019 for Nonfiction and Poetry. All applications accepted via Submittable. Please click the link below to submit to our online application. These applications have a $25 fee, payable by credit card or PayPal.

January 1 – January 31, 2020 for Visual Art, Fiction and Mixed Genre All applications accepted via Submittable. Please click the link below to submit to our online application. These applications have a $25 fee, payable by credit card or PayPal

Please note that as of 2015, we no longer accept snail mail applications, only online applications via Submittable. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope you’ll grow with us as we move toward a more sustainable application process for all. Good luck! We’re excited to read your work.