TFAO financial assistance: funding strategy and preferences



(above: George Bellows, Dempsey and Firpo, 1924, oil on canvas, 51 x 63.2 inches, Whitney Museum of American Art. Purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons*)


We prefer initiating seed or challenge grants. Where practical, generating competitive behavior among prospective donors is a strategy we endorse and have found repetitively successful. Also, we find that being a seed donor -- either first donor or among a among a set of initial donors to a project -- creates momentum for grants from other sources.

There is no fixed level of funding for projects, however we prefer that our grants be less than $12,000 per project and comprise around 10 to 25% of total project costs.  Depending on circumstances, grants may be issued 100% up front or follow a phased schedule.

For exhibition projects, we are also amenable to sponsoring single out of pocket line items such as paper-printed brochures or online catalogs. 

Checks are sent to receipents ususally within two weeks of grant approval.


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