Application open January 15 – March 1

Project Awards and Fellowships are designed to provide individual artists living and working in Alaska the resources to concentrate and reflect on their work, to immerse themselves in a creative endeavor, and to experiment, explore, and develop their artistry more fully. It is our hope that these investments result in substantial contributions to Alaska’s culture, the vibrancy of our communities, and to art itself.

  • Project Awards: Awards of $7,500 for emerging, mid-career, and mature artists in all disciplines for specific, short-term projects that have a clear benefit to the artist and the development of his/her work. Approximately 25 Project Awards are granted annually. Project Awards are available in all 11 of the artistic disciplines listed below in the Fellowships section.
  • Fellowships: $18,000 awards for mid-career or mature artists to focus their energy and attention for a one-year period on developing their creative work. The Fellowship program awards grants in 11 artistic disciplines that rotate on a two-year cycle. Approximately 10 Fellowships are awarded each year.
    2018 Fellowships 2019 Fellowships
    Media Arts Choreography
    Multidiscipline Crafts
    Music Composition Folk and Traditional Arts
    New Genre Literary Arts/Scriptworks
    Presentation/Interpretation Performance Art
     Visual Arts

Creative Capital Training
In addition to the grant award, recipients will have an opportunity to participate in a flexible course with Creative Capital, one of the preeminent artist skill-building nonprofits organizations in the country. Rasmuson Foundation covers the cost of the training.

The Foundation hosted a series of application workshops around the state. You can watch a recording of the webinar below. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • *Update 01-25: WORKSHOP IS FULL* Anchorage: 4 to 5 p.m. on January 31 at Rasmuson Foundation. Space is limited. Please RSVP.
  • Fairbanks: 2 to 3 p.m. on February 3 at the Bear Gallery at the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts.
  • Online: 4 to 5 p.m. on February 6. Join the webinar at
  • Haines: 2 to 3 p.m. on February 9 at the Haines Public Library. Please RSVP by calling 314-0282.
  • Bethel: 12 to 1 p.m. on January 18th at the KUC Library in the YP Cultural Center. This training is provided by Bethel Community Services Foundation. Rasmuson Foundation staff will not be present. Limited travel funds may be available for village-based artists.


The above video is a recording of the 2018 application webinar. The 2018 IAA Presentation (pdf) may be useful if you were unable to attend an application workshop or would like to review the presentation. Additional information can be found in blog posts tagged “IAA”,  this list of past awardees, and on the Rasmuson Foundation YouTube channel. “How to Write an Artist Statement: Explaining the Unexplainable” is a useful post (outside resource) for getting started on your statement. For more arts funding opportunities visit the New York Foundation for the Arts NYFA Source.

How to Apply

The application is available online or by request from January 15, 2018 until March 1, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. To apply, follow the link on the top right corner of the page. For a paper application, call or email the Program Officer listed in the sidebar. A pdf of the guidelines is available here. Paper applications must be postmarked by March 1 or delivered to the office by 5 p.m.