The Grilled
Cheese Grant

An annual community-funded emerging artist grant based in Milwaukee, WI

By artists, for artists

APPLICATIONS DUE:  Friday, February 9th @ 11:59PM  

ELIGIBILITY:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age

  • Must be a resident of Wisconsin in one of the following counties: Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond du Lac, Jefferson, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha (see highlighted area on map)

  • Full-time and part-time students ARE ELIGIBLE and encouraged to apply

  • Must be a professionally active visual artist (no actors, musicians, or dancers)

  • Professionally active is defined as having exhibited artwork at least once in the past year 

  • Artists with gallery representation are not eligible to apply

  • Artists whose work is included in a museum’s collection are not eligible to apply

  • Artists who have had solo museum exhibition(s) are not eligible to apply

  • Artists who have been professionally active for more than five consecutive years (exhibiting work at museums and commercial galleries) are not eligible to apply 

  • Artists that were previously selected as Grilled Cheese Grant finalists are not eligible to apply

  • Artists that have applied to Grilled Cheese Grant in the past but were not selected as a finalist ARE ELIGIBLE to apply

  • No formal education required, may be a self taught artist

  • If selected as a finalist, must be present at the event on Saturday, March 23, 2024 at Vanguard Sculpture Services (3374 W Hopkins St, Milwaukee, WI 53216)

  • Visual artists working in media are encouraged to apply

  • Designers are encouraged to apply as long as their work fits within a fine art context

  • All applications should be treated as an artist/project grant




APPLY:

click Here for 2024 application

All applications must be submitted via Google Drive.

All applications must include work samples, an artist statement,
materials and budget, and accompanying image list to be considered.




TIMELINE:

January 1st, 2024: Applications open
February 1st, 2024: Virtual Application Information Session, 5:30-6:30pm on Instagram Live, submit a question in advance here
February 9th, 2024: Applications due
By March 1st, 2024: Selected finalists notified  
March 23rd, 2024: Grilled Cheese Grant @ Vanguard Sculpture Services


FAQ:

Q: I have applied to the Grilled Cheese Grant in the past, but was not selected as a finalist. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes! Previous applicants are eligible to apply as long as they were not selected as a GCG finalist. 


Q: I was a Grilled Cheese Grant finalist in 2018. Am I eligible to apply? 

A: No. Unfortunately, previous GCG finalists are not eligible to apply.


Q: I exhibited work at a museum as part of a group exhibition in the past. Am I eligible to apply? 

A: Yes! Only artists who have had solo exhibitions at a museum or those whose work has been acquired/purchsed by a museum are not eligible to apply.


Q: I am a current undergraduate student in my junior year. Am I eligible to apply?

A: Yes! Artists with a proposed project who are at least 18 years of age are considered eligible to apply. 


Q: I live in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Am I eligible to apply?

A: No. Applications are open to artists living and working in a 14-county area in Wisconsin.


Q:  I am 30 years old and have been exhibiting my artwork regularly at museums and commercial galleries since I graduated college. Am I eligible to apply?

A:
No. Artists that have shown work consistently for more than 5 consecutive years at commercial galleries and museums are not eligible to apply even if they self-identify as an emerging artist. 
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