What types of exhibiting contexts do you support?
All of our funding opportunities can support curator-led projects at non-profit art organizations such as museums, public art initiatives, art centers, biennials, or similar platforms that are professionally curated and non-commercial. We offer different funding tracks based on organization size, but not type.
I work at an institution with a budget below $3 million. Is it a problem if I don't know exactly what the next three years will look like?
Smaller organizations' flexibility is an asset. We acknowledge that projects and plans evolve, and that you may not have all the details for programs further in the future. Submit your program and budget as best as possible, with as much detail as you have at this moment.
I work at an institution with a budget below $3 million but I’m planning a big show, and would like to apply for the single project grant. What should I do?
We offer smaller organizations three years of funding up to $150,000 because it is often most supportive to their needs. However, sometimes smaller organizations do projects at a larger scale, especially through partnerships and collaborations. If this is the case, you may apply with this larger project for a single exhibition grant for up to $150,000.
I work at a big institution with many great colleagues. How many of us can apply?
Unfortunately we will only be giving one grant per cycle per institution. Please communicate internally as to which project you apply with.
We are two or more organizations working together. How do we apply?
We encourage curators to partner with colleagues at other cultural institutions, and also with community organizations, institutions of higher learning, etc. For efficiency's sake, we ask that one organization take the lead on the application itself. Please tell us clearly how you're working together in your project description, images, and budget. You may use the past projects field to add more background as needed, from either of the partners or both if you have worked together before. Partnerships require a lot of work and time, and collaborative applicants should include related expenses in project budgets.
What types of exhibitions or curatorial projects do you support?
Funding can support group or thematic exhibitions, single-artist surveys, new commissions, live and online performance in the context of the visual arts, and as-yet-unknown, experimental forms involving contemporary visual art and artists. Try us!
Do you support only visual art projects?
That's correct. We do not support exhibitions in the fields of film, design/decorative arts, or architecture unless they have a significant, defining visual art framework.
What aspects of exhibitions or curatorial projects do you support?
Funding can support the development, realization, interpretation, and documentation of exhibitions, related public programs and publications, as well as microsites and other online components of an on-site project.
Do you support publishing?
Our single project or three-year grants up to $150,000 can include support for print or digital publications related to the proposed exhibition(s) or project(s). Publications should reflect informed decisions about whether and how to make a book, a website, or deploy another digital medium such as a podcast, live or edited video interview, etc. Traditionally, publications have extended the life of an exhibition and brought it a wider audience. Our aim is to empower curators to retain control over how their work exists online, and drive innovation around methods for doing so.
Do you support research?
We invite proposals for curatorial projects at the research stage for grants up to $50,000. We do not require that research projects lead to an exhibition. A research grant award does not guarantee additional support for resulting exhibitions, though such projects will be eligible for future consideration. Eligible costs for research proposals include those related to travel, convenings of colleagues, scholars, practitioners and community members, and/or collaborative investigations around critical cultural, social, and political issues. Research applications can also include research assistance or institutional support for curators to take leave to conduct their research, comprising up to 60% of the requested award.
Do you support touring exhibitions?
We invite requests from curators who wish to present an exhibition that has originated elsewhere for grants up to $50,000. The jury will evaluate your proposed new configurations, programs, and learning around the touring exhibition, and how those reflect the distinct context of the hosting institution and community. Eligible expenses include touring fees and all aspects of mounting the exhibition as well as costs associated with additional programs, artworks, and other means you are using to integrate the exhibition into its new context. The organization hoping to host the touring show should be the applicant.
But what if I'm trying to get support for my project and am also already organizing the tour?
Great! Please tell us about your already-confirmed and likely touring venues in the project description.
Can an originating institution and touring partner institution both apply for funds for the same show?
No. Please communicate with one another about this.
I'm an independent curator. Can I apply?
Yes, if you have a commitment from a venue that can serve as the lead applicant and receive the funds. We are set up to fund organizations only, not individuals directly. Make sure that the budget for the project you are leading includes appropriate compensation for your work.
Are there any other types of organizations or artworker-led initiatives that you support?
Teiger Foundation is committed to supporting innovation in curatorial practice and structural change in the field of contemporary art. Curators and artworker-led organizations engaged in change-making initiatives that further the discourse or conditions around art, exhibitions, and museums can apply for our single project or three-year grants up to $150,000 or our curatorial research grants up to $50,000. Eligible activities include research, experimentation, organizing, or coalition-building efforts.
Are fiscally sponsored organizations allowed to apply?
Yes, but the organization must have a minimum of two years of sponsorship.
What are the budget guidelines for single project grants or three-year grants up to $150,000?
There is no specific template required. Budgets must include robust fees for artists whether producing a new work or contributing existing work. Please refer to W.A.G.E. standards for guidance. Other eligible expenses include up to 30% institutional overhead, meaningful compensation for outside advisors (staff at partnering organizations and/or individuals with specialized expertise and local knowledge), and publication participants such as writers, photographers, designers, web developers, etc.
My organization can’t afford complete W.A.G.E. compliance. What do I do?
If you are unable to meet W.A.G.E compliance, please submit your project budget with the highest standard of compensation that your organization can afford. We will look closely at your organizational budget alongside your project budget.
What kind of files should I prepare for my application?
For your new project, include images of related previous works by participating artists; if the site is a key component, images of similar programs using that site; and sketches or preliminary layouts if applicable. Please include captions to describe each image in 150 words. At minimum, this should include artwork name, title, materials, and date. Please upload .jpg images only, less than 5 MB each.
For your past project, you can include up to 5 links to dedicated websites and related digital content including installation shots, floorplans, digital walk-throughs or other videos, publications or brochures, links to reviews, etc. Remember to include the password if any links are password-protected. Links may include a personal website.
Please note that in-progress applications cannot be saved. Applicants should prepare all materials ahead of time, and enter them into the application form once they are complete.