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Creation Grants support the creation of new work by Vermont artists. Creation Grants can fund time, materials, some equipment costs, and space rental for artists and artist groups. An independent panel of practicing artists and arts professionals will review the applications for this highly competitive program. 

These are examples of fundable projects:

  • A multimedia artist creating a new video series

  • A writer completing the first draft of a novel

  • A dance ensemble developing choreography for a new piece

  • A visual artist creating art for exhibition that explores new subjects and techniques

  • A musician composing music for a new album

The Council is interested in ensuring that artists at all career levels are supported by this grant program. While Creation Grant awards will still be made to established artists, special consideration will be given to emerging artists in this grant round. Generally, emerging artists are defined as those who are at an early stage in their career development. Age is not a factor in determining an emerging artist.  Emerging artists:

  • must be “active” or “practicing” artists (i.e., creating work regularly, rather than a few times a year).

  • should not have received major grants, awards, or other significant recognition (such as a solo exhibition) at this stage in their career. With regard to the Vermont Arts Council’s grant programs for individual artists, only Creation Grants are considered to be “major grants”.  

For other examples of fundable projects, look at this list of recent grantees.

New Funding

Thanks to the Vermont Community Foundation’s Arts Endowment Fund, along with generous contributions from Vermont Performance Lab and individual donors, we are able to increase our investment in Creation Grants, adding an additional eight Creation Grants for this round.


Accessibility questions

The Council accepts grant applications via an online form. If you require an alternate format or assistance to access the application, please contact the grant program manager listed above or Michele Bailey, accessibility coordinator by email or at 802.402.4614. Voice and relay calls welcome.