Franklin Furnace Fund for Artists, New York City

Deadline:  April 1, 2013 (postmark date)
Open to: Artists from all areas of the world, except full-time students, living in New York City
Grant: from $2,000 to $10,000


Initiated in 1985 with the support of Jerome Foundation, the Franklin Furnace Fund has annually awarded grants to emerging artists selected by peer panel review to enable them to prepare major performance art works. Events are presented in partnership with collegial venues, online, or, in the city environment.

Grants range between $2,000 and $10,000 based on the peer review panel allocation of funding received by Franklin Furnace.

Franklin Furnace has no curator; each year a new panel of artists reviews all proposals. They believe this peer panel system allows all kinds of artists from all over the world an equal shot at presenting their work. Every year the panel changes, as do the definitions of “emerging artist” and “performance art.” So if at first you don’t succeed, please try again.


Artists from all areas of the world are encouraged to apply; however, artists supported by funding from Jerome Foundation must live in the five boroughs of New York. Full-time students are ineligible.


Please apply to the Franklin Furnace Fund 2013-2014 using the online form AVAILABLE HERE. Once you sign up for an account you may log in to apply to the Franklin Furnace Fund. Your information will be saved so that it may be completed in multiple sessions before you submit it.

The Microsoft Excel form is still available but please only use it if the online form gives you difficulty. If you can’t use the online form, then download the Excel Application and email it to after it has been completed. Write “Proposal 13-14” in the subject line.

Required information:

  1. Contact Information
  2. Proposal Information
    Brief Proposal (required): 
    A 100-word summary proposal. The summary is a critical component of your application; it is the first piece of information that the selection panel reviews and it is a definitive factor in their deliberations. Therefore, be sure that the summary is clear, concise and only 100 words long.
    Long Description (optional): A full description of the proposed work. Please limit to 1000 words.
    Budget (optional): Specify planned expenses. If you have other funding sources for your project please indicate this in your budget. Please limit to 200 words.
    Website (optional): A website may be used as a supplement to other application material.
  3. Video: You may submit up to two 10 minute videos. Please make sure each one illuminates your proposal by either being video of your proposed project as a work in progress (“Proposed Work”) or a past project that gives an idea of the kind of work you do (“Support Material”). You may submit a 100-word description, which may include a cue time for each video from where the panel should start watching. You may either submit your videos through our online form, or mail them in on a disc to be played on a DVD player or as digital files. Video submitted online must be 300 MB or under.
  4. Images, Optional: You may submit up to ten images with descriptions. These can be uploaded through the online form or mailed in on a disc. Images submitted through the online form must be 500 KB or under in size.
  5. Mailing Options
    Application Return (required) 
    Please select one of the following options for returning your application materials after the selection process:
    a. SASE: Please submit a self-addressed, stamped envelope (SASE) large enough to return all of your materials. Use postage stamps. Do not use meter strip postage for your SASE as they expire the same day they are issued. If you apply from another country, do not use foreign stamps. Instead, please include international vouchers for the postage required.
    b. Pick-Up: After receiving a notification letter, please schedule a suitable time with us to pick up your application materials. After October 1, 2013, all application materials will become the property of Franklin Furnace.
    c. Do not return. You may choose not to have your materials returned.
  6. Supplementary Materials (optional): You may also submit your resume, a description list for your images and video, and up to 2 reviews of previous work/press. The video and images may be submitted through the online form, but all the other items (press and resume) must be mailed in.

Please write your name on every object you mail in! This should be the same name used on the application. Please don’t put sticker labels on your discs as this may jam the computer. Due to space limitations, please try to submit your application materials in one 9” x 12” or smaller envelope. Send your application to:

2013-2014 Proposals
Franklin Furnace Archive Inc.
80 Arts – The James E. Davis Arts Building
80 Hanson Place #301
Brooklyn, NY 11217-1506


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