[grants & opportunities]


Parent Artist Advocacy League is granting the first PAAL Childcare Grants this fall. Applications were open September 1, 2018 at 8:00 AM EST for individual artist grants and the PAAL Institution Match Grant. Applications closed November 5, 2018 at 11:59 PM PST. Below are the grants PAAL is committed to granting for the next two years. New dates will be announced soon for open applications 2019-2020:

(Click on the image below to read more about each award recipient)

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WHO: A parent-artist creating in the United States seeking funding for general artistic and/or general professional childcare support or project-specific childcare support. Union membership not required. All theatrical disciplines and administrative positions are eligible to apply for these grants. Pregnant Parent Artists and Artists in Late Stages of the Adoption Process are welcome and qualified to apply.



TIME ACCESSIBILITY: While the application has multiple questions in order to create a thorough profile of need, many questions are multiple choice and check-box and there are no long-form cover letters or answers require. We recognize that time is a limited resource for many artists, especially those who parent, and hope that our form’s efficiency alleviates some of that obstacle to make this grant application more accessible.

SUBMIT AND EDIT AS NEEDED UNTIL APPLICATIONS CLOSE: When hitting “submit” on your application, it will be saved and received. You will then receive an email confirmation of submission with a button to “edit response.” You may edit your application as many times as needed until applications close on Nov. 1, 2018. We will only review the final submissions after the closing date.

Applications for INDIVIDUAL GRANTS are closed. Check back again for links when 2019-2020 applications are available. Contact us to be added to the mailing list to receive notifications.

Applications for INSTITUTION MATCH GRANT now open. Check back again for links when 2019-2020 applications are available. Contact us to be added to the mailing list to receive notifications.


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Sustainable Arts Foundation

“The Sustainable Arts Foundation is a non-profit foundation supporting artists and writers with families. Our mission is to provide financial awards to parents pursuing creative work.

Too often, creative impulses are set aside to meet the wonderful, but pressing, demands of raising a family. The foundation’s goal is to encourage parents to continue pursuing their creative passion, and to rekindle it in those who may have let it slide.”

2017 SAF Grantees from the SAF website:

Providence, RI
AS220 is offering tuition fellowships and childcare stipends for parents to attend Practice/Practice, a 4-day professional development residency program for arts administrators.

Aunt Karen’s Farm
Cooperstown, NY
A residency that has been hosting artists’ families on an ad hoc basis for years, Aunt Karen’s Farm is now formalizing its support by hosting families for one-week sessions in individual guest houses during their new family residency program.

Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company
Boulder, CO
BETC’s Generations project helps put plays by parent-playwrights into development; this year, the program is doubling in size and making a commitment to racial equity by supporting a commissioned play by a local playwright.

Brooklyn Art Exchange
Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Art Exchange will offer Parent-Artist Space Grants designed to provide New York City emerging dance and theater artists with multi-faceted support over an extended period of time as they develop and produce new work. The grant includes a childcare stipend as well as discounted BAX performing arts classes for the children of grantees.

Portland, OR
Caldera offers parent-artist fellowships which include housing and childcare on-site for visual, literary, performing, and culinary artists.

Gallery Aferro
Newark, NJ
Co-founded by a single mother artist, Gallery Aferro provides residencies and stipends for parent artists in Newark, New Jersey.

Kala Art Institute
Berkeley, CA
A hub for Bay Area visual artists, Kala offers flexible programs—including residencies, classes, children’s art camp, and consultations about professional development—to parent artists.

The Luminary
Saint Louis, MO
Founded by parent-artists, The Luminary offers a dedicated fellowship for artist parents that includes increased financial support, a private apartment, and participation in an artist-led childcare cooperative, all to facilitate creative time in the studio.

Marble House Project
Dorset, VT
A sixteen-day summer camp for the whole family, Marble House Project’s Family Friendly Session is in its fourth year of providing onsite child-centered programming and support so that the parents can work uninterrupted for most of the day.

Millay Colony
Austerlitz, NY
Millay is a model of flexibility for parent artists, offering shortened and “virtual” residencies (a one-month bank to be used as the resident likes), as well as post-residency workshops and professional development programs.

Popps Packing
Hamtramck, MI
Founded in a former meat-packing plant by parent artists, Popps Packing offers a fully-funded family residency, the Momm and Popp Residency, which includes a childcare stipend and the support of a residency intern to facilitate workshops and childcare.

Rivendell Writers’ Colony
Sewanee, TN
A relatively new and year-round residency neighboring the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Rivendell will offer fully-funded residencies for writers with children.

Santa Fe Art Institute
Santa Fe, NM
The Santa Fe Art Institute will continue its Family Residency Initiative, supporting parent artists with a residency fellowship and childcare stipend.

SPACE on Ryder Farm
Brewster, NY
The SPACE at Ryder Farm will significantly expand a family-friendly residency they’ve been hosting for two years. It’s one of the most thoughtful programs we’ve seen where the needs of both parents and children are perfectly addressed.

Spread Art
Detroit, MI
Spread Art offers fully-funded residencies for visual artists, writers, dancers, musicians, curators and performing artists, including stipends to cover childcare and other costs whether their family accompanies them to Detroit or stays at home.

Vermont Studio Center
Johnson, VT
A leader in adjusting their programs to best fit parent writers and artists, VSC will again offer residency fellowships for parents.

Women’s Studio Workshop
Rosedale, NY
Located in upstate New York, The Women’s Studio Workshop offers a fully-subsidized, month-long residency for a parent artist working in printmaking, book making, ceramics, or photography.

SPACE on Ryder Farm

“All family residents (parents and children) will take part in three communal farm-fresh meals daily. SPACE will facilitate creative and nature-focused programming for the children, culminating in an informal group share. Simultaneously SPACE supports the adult artists by creating an environment with structured time and space to create (as well as structured time and space to be with their children). The response from residents and the larger community has been resoundingly positive and the high demand for this program has compelled SPACE to expand the residency in 2017, making a second week available to more families…”
– SPACE on Ryder Farm Family Residency [Read More]



“Celebrating our fifth year offering this special space grant, the BAX Parent/Artist Space Grant is designed to address some of the needs artists face when trying to meet the challenges of being an artist and a parent to preschool age children. As an organization that has entered its third decade, BAX is intimately familiar with the joys and the difficulties of raising a family and creating and producing work.”
– BAX [Read More]

More coming soon.