In 2016, more than $27,000 was raised by over 40 artists and collaboratives participating in ArtPrize Eight through the ArtPrize CrowdRise Matching Grant Challenge.

ArtPrize CrowdRise Matching Grant Challenge

ArtPrize annually offers over $280,000 in grants to artists, venues, curators and educators to facilitate their participation in the world’s largest annual art competition. For the second consecutive year, we're offering ten $1,000 matching grants to artists seeking to fund their ambitious ArtPrize Nine projects through a campaign and matching challenge hosted at CrowdRise.com, thanks to the Michigan Lottery.

The Michigan Lottery seeks to further nurture the vitality of this international event that each year transforms our community -- spurring conversation and catalyzing creativity through this Matching Grant Challenge.

The Matching Grant Challenge will launch on Monday, June 26 at Noon (12 p.m. EDT), following the close of ArtPrize Connections -- offering ten $1,000 matching grants to the first ten artists to reach a goal of $1,000 in their own CrowdRise.com crowdsourcing campaign.

Here's How it Works

To qualify for a Matching Grant Challenge grant, artists must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have successfully made a Connection with an ArtPrize Venue prior to the start of the Matching Challenge (connections runs through June 22 at 5 p.m. EDT).
  2. Raise at least $1,000 in their CrowdRise.com crowdsourcing campaign.
  3. Receive donations from at least 10 unique donors.

Easy as that! Artists participating in this Matching Grant Challenge will be highlighted on ArtPrize social media channels leading up to the ninth annual event.

Artists that have applied for another ArtPrize grant (for example: Artist Seed Grants, Featured Public Project Grants) are still eligible to participate in this Matching Grant Challenge program.

An artist who successfully reaches their $1,000 fundraising goal and receives the matching grant may continue to fundraise through their CrowdRise.com campaign. It's also important to note that a cancelled ArtPrize Nine project will not qualify for a matching grant and all unused grant funds must be refunded.

Stay tuned! We'll reveal the Matching Grant Challenge campaign website in the coming weeks. Have questions? Email our team at artists@artprize.org.

By Jaenell Woods on