Our pioneering venture philanthropy approach helps artists working in all creative disciplines realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at $50,000, for a total commitment of up to $100,000 per project.

Our Approach

Creative Capital takes chances on artists by supporting your bold, challenging, and genre-stretching ideas. Over the past 20 years, we have developed a four-part approach that includes support for you, your project, your community, and your audience. Through funding, professional development, individual meetings with close colleagues, and consistent engagement with our staff, we provide you with the resources you will need at strategic moments in your process. These include: consultations with legal, financial, marketing, public relations, and web consultants; an orientation meeting, Artist Retreats and Regional Gatherings; ten meetings with a strategic planning coach; and much more.

We make a commitment to work with you for the time you need to get your project done. Most of the projects we support have a timeline of at least a few years; even if yours is longer, we will stick with you every step of the way.


Spirit of Generosity

Since our founding in 1999, Creative Capital has encouraged a spirit of generosity and mutual aid among artists. Through our retreats, our workshops, and our regional gatherings we have sought to foster creative exchange in the arts community nationwide. The generosity of individual artists, both personal and financial, has always been a critical part of these efforts. Creative Capital Awardees join us in the ongoing work of building and maintaining the thriving cultural commons that supports us all.


Why Apply?

First, our application questions are designed to help you better articulate your project, your goals, and how you would like to position yourself in the field. Many people have told us that the application itself taught them a lot about their project and their life goals. Additionally, our application evaluation process ensures that your work will receive additional exposure. In the first round, two colleagues from your field will read about your project. If you make it to the second round, two more people will read about it. If you make it to the panel review stage, five to seven more people will know about your work. That means that, just by applying, up to ten professional curators, programmers or editors in your field will have been informed about your project.