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March 13, 2023

The Anonymous Was A Woman Environmental Art Grants (AWAW EAG) will distribute a total of $300,000 in funding—up to $20,000 per project—to support environmental art projects led by women-identifying artists in the United States and U.S. Territories.



The AWAW EAG will support environmental art projects that inspire thought, action, and ethical engagement. Projects should not only point at problems, but aim to engage an environmental issue at some scale. Proposals should illustrate thorough consideration of a project’s ecological and social ethics. Projects that explore interdependence, relationships, and systems through Indigenous and ancestral practices are encouraged to apply.

The intended impact of the project is an important factor in the selection process. Environmental art projects that qualify for this program may focus on the following themes, but are not limited to:

  1. Regeneration
  2. Eco-social engagement
  3. Decarbonization as decolonization
  4. Ecofeminism
  5. Climate change/climate collapse
  6. Systems-restoration
  7. Interspecies relationships
  8. Natural or built systems
  9. Recycling and repurposing
  10. Clean energy production
  11. Bioplastics



  • Applicants must be women-identifying artists
  • Applicants must be 18 years or older on or before February 21, 2023
  • Applicants must be the project lead, but collaborative projects are eligible and encouraged to apply
  • Applicants must have residence in one of the 50 states, a Tribal Nation, a U.S. Territory, or the District of Columbia on the grant deadline
  • Applicants must be a US citizen, permanent legal resident, or O-1 visa holder
  • Applicants cannot be enrolled in a degree-seeking program of any kind
  • Applicants can be past recipients of any of NYFA’s and AWAW’s grant programs
  • Recipients of the grant are open to accept additional funds from other donors
  • NYFA and AWAW employees, members of the NYFA Board of Trustees or Artists’ Advisory Committee, and/or an immediate family member of any of the above cannot apply



Applications must be submitted in English.

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  • A detailed synopsis of the project. 
    • Please give an overview of your project’s themes and overall goals.
  • Current state of the project and plans for completion by June 2024.
    • While we understand that an applicant’s overall project might extend beyond the grant term, we ask that applicants complete a phase of their project, with a public engagement component, during the grant period from August 2023 to June 2024. Please include a narrative or calendar of events/key milestones.
  • The environmental and social impact of the project.
    • Please provide a statement detailing how your project directly explores or impacts environmental issues.
  • Plans for public engagement.
    • Please provide a statement detailing the public engagement component in the proposed project.
    • The public engagement component is required to be free, open to the general public, and must be completed by June 30, 2024. Online events are acceptable as long as they are attended by a live audience. The public engagement component must add value to the public sphere rather than solely benefiting the artist’s private gain.
  • Biographies of the applicant and any core team members involved in the project.
  • Project Budget.
    • Applicants are required to submit a detailed project budget using NYFA’s template. Applicants who do not use the provided template will be deemed ineligible and will not move forward to the panel review.
    • Budgets should outline proposed totals of artist fees, equipment rentals, marketing, and other project expenses and income.
    • Additional space to describe the anticipated use of funds and how they will move your project forward will be provided.
  • Work Samples.
    • Representative of the applicant’s grant project
    • Can upload up to 5 work samples
    • Work sample descriptions, titles, dates, and timestamps are to be included in the metadata field within the application