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Oklahoma visual artists are invited to submit an application for a THRIVE Grant from the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition (OVAC). This opportunity supports artist-led, collaborative projects, across the state of Oklahoma that are open to the public and engage community.


  We collaborate with the The Andy Warhol Foundation to further support artists’ innovation throughout Oklahoma with project grants of up to $10,000. THRIVE Grants build upon our existing dedication to support artist-led initiatives and our belief in the power of artists to create a positive impact in our communities. THRIVE Grants will provide funding for collaborative artist-led projects across the state of Oklahoma that are open and accessible to the public. The funded projects are ambitious, impactful, innovative, and community driven visual arts projects. The grants will prioritize artist projects that create new collaborations, connections, and partnerships.

Artists have the option to apply for an Innovator Grant ($5,000) or a Powerhouse Grant ($10,000). We will have recipients within each category. All of the Thrive requirements remain the same but the Innovator category will be ideal for individual applicants, smaller teams, and projects that are smaller in scale and budget size. The Powerhouse category will be better suited for projects that are larger in scale, engage multiple collaborators or partners, and/or have larger budgets. If you don't know which category you should apply for, send your inquiry to Ariana@ovac-ok.org, we are happy to answer your questions!

The proposed project must have a central focus on the visual arts. Artistic practices firmly rooted in dance, theatre, music, or industry/feature filmmaking are not eligible to apply.

  • The proposed project must be publicly accessible and push the boundaries of the traditional exhibition experience. Be sure to think outside the box and put an emphasis on how to interact with your audience.
  • All events associated with your project must take place in Oklahoma and before the end of the funding period.
  • For collaborative projects, the individual who submits the project proposal will serve as the Lead Applicant and a detailed timeline and budget must be included. To download a budget template visit www.thrivegrants.org
  • Artists currently enrolled as a student in an MFA/BFA or are seeking enrollment in the arts during the award year are not eligible to apply as a Lead Applicant but are allowed to be a collaborator.
  • The Lead Applicant and the majority of the collaborators must reside in Oklahoma.
  • Successful applicants may apply after one calendar year of funding receipt but must propose a new project or an expansion of previous work. You will not be disqualified for continuing to grow and develop the visual arts of Oklahoma but please note that preference will be shown to creative projects that have not received funding in the past.
  • 501c3 organizations or for-profit corporations are not eligible to apply. Artists with an LLC are eligible to apply.



April 1 - Applications Open!

April 16 - Virtual Info Session

May 13–17 - Office Hours by Appointment

June 1 - Application Deadline at 11:59PM CST

July 30 - Thrive Grant Recipients Notified

August 2024–June 2025 - Grant Funding Period

__Contact Information for Lead Applicant 

__Project Title 

__Grant request amount: Innovator ($5,000) or Powerhouse ($10,000) 

__Project Summary

__Bios for Lead Applicant and collaborators 

__Description of audience and community engagement 

__Description of desired outcome and importance of funding 

__Potential or secured venues for public presentation 



__Lead Applicant Resume/CV

__Lead Applicant Artist Statement

__Up to 15 images of relevant artwork samples with descriptions or up to 3 URLs for Film/Video 

__Artwork image list (file attachment including title, artist name, and descriptions of each sample) *If adding URLs, please indicate which segments of film/video that would be most relevant for the committee to review. 

__Sketches or concept drawing (optional)


Questions are encouraged! Please contact Administrative and Artist Relations Manager, Ariana Weir, at ariana@ovac-ok.org or call (405) 879-2400

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.