The Kindling Fund supports artist-organized projects that engage the public and the visual arts in inventive and meaningful ways. The Kindling Fund distributes ~$65,000 worth of grants ranging from $1,500 – $5,000 to artists across the state of Maine each year. With a focus on risk and experimentation, successful projects value unconventional engagement, critical dialogue, collaboration, and create new models for presenting artists’ work. The Kindling Fund is administered by SPACE Gallery as part of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts’ Regional Regranting Program.
The Fund seeks to support a variety of publicly accessible projects, with a strong interest in alternative spaces/practices and site-specific presentations that don’t fit in established institutions or venues. Projects supported by The Kindling Fund have included: curatorial projects that focus on unconventional artistic practice; public art projects, intervention or site specific installations; the publication of writing directly related to the visual arts; and the creation of artist residencies and unconventional exhibitions.
Former Executive Director Nat May established this grant opportunity in 2015, responding to the needs of individual artists across the state and Maine’s arts community at large. The Kindling Fund is a part of the Regional Re-granting Program of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. This program connects Warhol Foundation support with localized partner organizations who value artist-driven contemporary and independent practices. Ten other re-granting projects around the United States fulfill a similar need.
For further information about The Kindling Fund, including how to apply, read our FAQ.
The Regional Regranting Program aims to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. The program allows The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and to support their alternative gathering spaces, publications, websites, events and other projects. The Foundation plans to expand this program with partner organizations in areas where the level of on-the-ground, self-organized artistic activity is highest.
Partners in the Regranting Network
- Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA
- The Idea Fund, Houston, TX
- The Propeller Fund, Chicago, IL
- Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO
- The Precipice Fund, Portland, OR
- Wavemaker Grants, Miami, FL
- Platforms Fund, New Orleans, LA
- Grit Fund, Baltimore, MD
- Fulcrum Fund, Albuquerque, NM
- Visual Arts Fund, Minneapolis, MN