Quarterly Grant Guidelines (Individuals only)


Career Opportunity Grants are designed to provide financial assistance to professional artists, arts educators and professionals engaged in arts administration for travel to in-state, national, or international events, programs or seminars; and for other activities that will contribute to the strength of the applicant's professional standing or skill.
These cash awards help artists and other arts professionals take advantage of impending, concrete opportunities that will significantly advance their work or careers. The awards are for unique, short-term opportunities that do not constitute routine completion of work in progress.

Quarterly Deadlines
June 1; September 1; December 1; March 1
Activity must take place between the first of the month following award date and June 30 (end of State Fiscal Year)

Visual, literary, performing, and traditional artists with professional standing may apply.
Applicants must:
  • be an Alaskan resident
  • be at least 18 years of age at the time of application
  • not be enrolled as a full-time student during the period of the grant
  • not have received a Career Opportunity Grant in the preceding state fiscal year (July 1 - June 30)
Conditions and Limitations
Awards in this category usually range from $300 - $1000. A career opportunity grant will provide not more than one half of the applicant's cash expenses.
The Alaska State Council on the Arts intends to support a broad range of activities through this program. The following list does not include all possible opportunities available for support, but it does illustrate the range of activities for which artists can receive assistance:
  • advanced study with a significant mentor (not related to any degree);
  • travel associated with a career opportunity (computed at most economical and direct route)
  • contracting of professional services for a specific opportunity
  • rental of equipment, instruments, or working space for a unique artistic opportunity.
  • materials to complete work scheduled for a gallery exhibition, performance, publication, etc., that will have a significant impact on the artist's career
  • freight and shipping costs associated with an exhibition or presentation of applicant's work
  • travel to meet with a publisher after agreement has been signed to publish work
Career Opportunity Grants will not fund:
  • development of a body of work without a confirmed prior commitment for exhibit, publication or presentation
  • tuition, workshop fee, meals, lodging or local transportation
Review Criteria
Artistic quality must be demonstrated by a work sample. If the artistic activity meets high standards of excellence, the application will be further reviewed according to the following standards:
  • the merit of the proposed opportunity, determined by how the proposed activity relates to your professional development and its anticipated impact on your work or the development of your career. For arts administrators, the impact on your organization and/or community must be shown
  • the financial feasibility of the proposal, demonstrated by a budget that realistically reflects costs associated with the project
  • previous contribution and involvement of the artist/arts administrator in Alaska based on resume
Required Support Materials
Visual Artists and Photographers
Submit up to 10 images of recent artwork, submitted as slides or digital images as follows:
SLIDES: Slides must be presented in a 9" x 11" plastic slide sheet. Each slide must be labeled with artist's name, numbered according to annotated image list, and marked with indication of top and front.
DIGITAL IMAGES: Images should be sent on virus-free PC-compatible CD-ROM in .jpg file format. Each file should be named with artist surname and image number to correspond with annotated image list. Minimum image resolution is 72 dpi and 360 x 243 pixels OR five inches by three inches.
Submit one copy of an annotated image list identifying slides/images by number and listing media, size of the work (H x W x D), title, date and a brief description of the artwork if necessary.

10 page maximum writing sample. Writer's name must appear on each page of the manuscript. Upload as Microsoft Word document directly into application or submit on virus-free PC compatible CD-ROM.

Submit one example of a recent musical composition on CD.
Clearly label CD with name and relevant information

Submit one DVD recording of dance compositions choreographed by the applicant.
Clearly label DVD with name and relevant information

Performing Artists
Submit one DVD recording that demonstrates the artist in performance or works created by the artist. Clearly label DVD with name and relevant information

Separately submitted support materials must include a printed copy of your ASCA Grants Online application Profile page and must be POSTMARKED by deadline.

Mail to:
Alaska State Council on the Arts
161 Klevin Street, Suite 102
Anchorage, AK 99508-1506

Program Contact
Charlie Sears, Community Arts Program Director

Tel: 907-269-6608
Email: charles.sears@alaska.gov


Master Artist and Apprentice grants support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional Alaska Native art forms. An apprentice may apply for serious study with a recognized Master Artist in any traditional Alaska Native art form.

Quarterly Deadlines
June 1; September 1; December 1; March 1

Apprentice must:
  • be 18 years or older and comply with AS 01.10.055 state residency requirements on and after the date the application is submitted
  • have identified a Master Artist willing to accept you as an apprentice
  • demonstrate experience in the art form in which you are applying
  • not be enrolled as a full-time student during the period of the grant
Master must:
  • be 18 years or older and comply with AS 01.10.055 state residency requirements on and after the date the application is submitted
  • agree to accept the applicant as an apprentice
  • only act as a Master instructor one time per state fiscal year
  • provide support of expertise in the art-form in which the apprentice has applied
  • provide recognition by cultural community members of your proficiency and skill in the Native art form in which the apprentice has applied
Conditions and Limitations
Grant funds may not be used for the purchase of tools or equipment, academic scholarships or tuition assistance or for high school or college level credit. An Apprentice may request a grant in any amount. However, grant amounts do not usually exceed $2,000. A grant recipient is not required to provide a cash or in- kind match.

Grant funds may be used for Master Artist fees, to partially offset the costs of raw materials to be used in the project, and to cover travel costs essential to the apprenticeship. The apprentice does not receive payment for their work. Local in-town travel will not be funded. All expenditures for travel or materials must be supported with receipts in the final report.

The Council places the highest priority on apprenticeships in which an apprentice will be studying within his/her own cultural traditions, and the major part of the budget is assigned for the Master Artist's fee.

It is the position of the Council that learning within the immediate family should occur without the assistance of State Arts Council funding. A Master Artist and Apprentice grant may be awarded if the master artist is a member of the apprentice's immediate family, only if the skill and understanding of the art form or technology is traditionally transferred to subsequent generations within a family or if the art form or technology is endangered. "Member of the apprentice's immediate family" means a person who is a spouse, sibling or blood relation up to and including the second degree of kinship (parents, grandparents, children and grandchildren, and a regular household member).

Review Criteria
  • Apprentice's quality of work demonstrated by artistic support material, resume and/or biography detailing their background in the art form to be studied, two letters of recommendation.
  • Master Artist's quality of work demonstrated by artistic support material, resume and/or biography and articles detailing background in art form to be taught, two letters of recommendation/recognition of Master Artist status/skills.
  • Lesson plan which clearly describes the project, reflects the apprentice's experience, lists the series of skills to be learned, illustrates how the apprentice will improve his/her skills and, demonstrates feasibility based on scheduled hours.
  • A complete and feasible budget itemizing materials to be used, the Master Artist's fee, and any associated costs

How to Apply
To access grant applications, click the Log In button on the left side of the screen (purple section) or click the blue hotlink here: click here. If you are a new online applicant you must create a new profile. To create a new profile the link is at the bottom of the Log In page and reads "Click Here to create a new profile". Your self assigned user name and password will apply to all future applications. The user name and password will also provide access to keep your profile current. You only have to register one time in order to apply for any ASCA online grants.

Program Contact
Andrea Noble, Executive Director

Tel: 907-269-6605
Email: andrea.noble@alaska.gov

Alaska State Council on the Arts | 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102 | Anchorage, AK 99508 - 1506

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