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February 13, 2023

In celebration of their upcoming 25th Anniversary, Creative Capital is pleased to announce “Wild Futures: Art, Culture, Impact”— the one-time theme for their next grant cycle in 2024.

In the upcoming grant cycle, Creative Capital invite artists to propose experimental, risk-taking projects in the visual arts and film/moving image, which push boundaries formally and thematically, and/or venture into wild, out-there, never-before-seen concepts and future universes real or imagined. Ultimately, they seek proposals for groundbreaking new work—including, but not limited to, work that attends to the many relationships between social, economic, and environmental justice, and advances the global dialogue around critical issues impacting the sustainability of artists, our communities, our planet, and beyond.


Creative Capital provides grants to artists to support the creation of groundbreaking new art via a democratic, national, open call process. Grants are awarded through an annual competition open to citizens, permanent residents, and O-1 visa holders of the United States. Candidates must apply to Creative Capital in order to be considered.

Innovation is their primary selection criterion, and their focus on championing groundbreaking projects and ideas distinguishes Creative Capital from other granting organizations. While selecting projects that are interesting, genre-stretching, and adventurous is at the core of Creative circle’s mission, they welcome multidisciplinary projects as well as projects that push boundaries within a single genre. All applications are reviewed by external reviewers who are scholars, curators, artists, past awardees, and experts in the field. The final recommendations for the awards are reviewed and then ratified by their Board. Awardees are announced in January. Under no circumstances will the reasons for the rejection of an application be provided.

Awardees receive direct project funding in varying amounts up to $50,000, advisory services, mentorship, and community-building opportunities. Funding may be used on any expenses related to the creation of the project, including but not limited to: staffing, supplies, computers, software, studio repairs, childcare, healthcare, mental health care, travel, research, and more. They encourage a spirit of mutual generosity among their awardees and seek to foster exchange through the artist gatherings. Creative Capital has helped hundreds of artists realize their projects since their inception in 1999.


  • US citizen, permanent legal resident, O-1 visa holder, or Tribal ID holder
  • At least 25 years old
  • Working artist(s) with at least 5 years of professional artistic practice
  • Applicant may not be a full-time student
  • May not apply to the Warhol Foundation Arts Writers grant program in the same year
  • May not have previously received a Creative Capital Award
  • May not be an applicant or collaborator on more than one proposed project per year



ROUND I: Tell us your idea. Letter of Inquiry (LOI)

Along with your project title, one line project description (25 words max), project description (250 words max), resume, and artist website (if applicable), please answer the following questions:

  1. How does your project take an original and imaginative approach to content and form? Please be as specific as possible. (150 words)
  2. Please place your work in context so we may better evaluate it. What are the main influences upon your work as an artist? How does your past work inform your current project? Please use concrete examples, which may include other artists’ work, art movements, cultural heritage, science, philosophy, research/work from outside the arts field, etc. (150 words)
  3. What kind of impact—artistic, intellectual, communal, civic, social, political, environmental, etc.—do you hope your project will have? What strategies will you employ to achieve the desired impact? (100 words)
  4. Who are the specific audiences/communities that you hope to engage through this project? Please think beyond the broader art community where possible. How are you hoping to reach them? (100 words)
  5. How might your proposed project act as a catalyst for your artistic and professional growth? In what ways is it a pivotal moment in your practice? (100 words)
  6. In addition to funding, Creative Capital also provides scaffolding and support services for awardees (such as expert consultations, gatherings/retreat, alumni network, workshops). How would our non-monetary services help you to realize your goals for this project and/or your long-term artistic and professional growth? (100 words)