As independent or auteur animators, whether your work comes in the final format of a video or an installation, you are eligible for the same artist grants as painters, sculptors, or performance artists. You might be prompted to categorize your work as ‘moving image’ or ‘new media’ instead of ‘Visual Art’, and these disciplines may only be available every other year, depending on the grant. Here is a list to get started:

  • Artist Trust (for WA State residents):

The GAP Grant ($1,500, deadline usually in May)

Fellowship Grant ($7,500, deadline usually in January)

Arts Innovator Award ($25,000, deadline usually in November)


  • 4Culture (for King County residents):

Art Projects Individuals ($2,500-$8,500, deadline usually in March)

e4C (4Culture’s media gallery, open to artists living all over the USA, if selected, comes with a small artist fee)


  • City of Seattle (for Seattle residents):

CityArtist Project Grant (up to $8,000, deadline usually in July)


  • Cornish College of the Arts

Neddy Artist Award (for Puget Sound-based artists, $25,000 or $1,500, deadline usually in April)


  • Oregon Arts Commission (for OR State residents):

Individual Artist Fellowship ($3000, deadline usually in October)

Oregon Media Arts Fellowship (deadline usually in February)


  • Regional Arts and Cultural Council (for Multnomah, Washington, or Clackamas County residents):

Project Grants ($2,000-$7,000, deadline usually in August)

Individual Artist Fellowships ($20,000, deadline usually in July)


  • Women in Film Portland (for female OR and Clark County, WA residents):

Women in Film Portland Women’s Vision Grant ($3,500, deadline usually in August)


  • Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (Portland, Astoria, Eugene, Springfield, OR residents)

Precipice Fund ($500-$5,000, deadlines four times per year)

Remember that most of these organizations offer grant writing workshops or other resources to help with your application.