January 2024 Grants & Competitions for African Visual Artists

Jan 10, 2024

Here’s a special welcome to a year of limitless possibilities for you as an African artist!

We hope you are ready to showcase your creative talent and ascend to new heights in 2024.

As we kick off the year, we’re thrilled to share exclusive grants and competitions that are tailored just for you.

We hope you take full advantage of these opportunities and set the pace for your art business accomplishments this year.


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The Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Grant

The Foundation wishes to encourage artists who have dedicated their lives to developing their art, regardless of their level of commercial success.

Please note that these grants are available only to individual painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have worked in a mature phase of art for 20 years or more.

20 grants are awarded each year. Applications are reviewed by a panel of five professionals in the arts who have no affiliation with the Foundation. 

Amount:(20) $25,000

Deadline: January 17, 2024

Application Fee: Free to apply

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

2024 Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant

The Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant was established so that ceramic sculpture artists or sculptors of diverse mediums may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her own work.

Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $50,000, $20,000, $10,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any career development stage, from emerging to mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline. We welcome and encourage international applicants.

Amount: $60,000 first place, $30,000 second place, $20,000 third place

Deadline: February 1, 2024

Application Fee: $7

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

Pollock Krasner Foundation

The Pollock Krasner Foundation provides financial resources for visual artists to create new work, acquire supplies, rent studio space, prepare for exhibitions, attend a residency and offset living expenses. 

Amount:  Amounts range up to $30,000

Eligibility: Visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers.

Deadline: Rolling

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation grant is one of the most prestigious grants available to emerging representational artists, as well as one of the most substantial. 

Amount: 1st grants: CAD $17,000; Subsequent grants:  CAD $20,000

Deadline: Rolling

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here

The Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant

The Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program is intended to provide interim financial assistance to qualified painters, printmakers, and sculptors whose needs are the result of an unforeseen, catastrophic incident, and who lack the resources to meet that situation.

Each grant is given as one-time assistance for a specific emergency, examples of which are fire, flood, or emergency medical need.

Amount:$5,000 typically granted; $15,000 max

Deadline: Rolling

Application Fee: Free

You can learn more about this grant and apply here


Nature International Juried Art Competition

We are calling all artists, both budding and professional, from around the globe! It’s time to showcase your creativity and passion for nature.

TERAVARNA is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated 2nd NATURE International Juried Art Competition.

Our unique platform showcases your masterpieces to audiences around the world and helps you earn the recognition you deserve.

Our nurturing environment celebrates creativity and offers global exposure. All types of visual arts will be considered, including but not limited to Painting & Mixed Media, Photography & Digital, and Sculpture & 3D Installation.

Deadline: January 15, 2024

Award Info:

First Prize Award | $300-$500

Runner-Up Prize Award | $150-$350

Merit Prize Award | $75-$250

Talent Prize Award | $25-$150

Honorable Mention Award

Finalist Award

Application Fee: $15 per artwork

You can learn more about this competition and apply here

“Open Theme” International Competition and Online Exhibition

The inaugural “Open Theme” International Competition and Online Exhibition is an inclusive opportunity for artists worldwide.

This competition welcomes participants of all ages, transcending restrictions on media or style.

The chosen theme, “Open,” empowers artists to create and submit works across a spectrum of subject matters or themes of their choosing.

Deadline: January 17, 2024

Award Info: $1,000 cash prize

Application Fee: Free; Only those selected as finalists will be required to pay a participation fee of $35

You can learn more about this competition and apply here

We hope you find these opportunities helpful. If you do, don’t forget to share with your friends who may also find value in applying!

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