The Velocity Fund

The Velocity Fund directly supports artists to organize ​new ​collaborative projects throughout the city of Philadelphia by awarding grants up to $5000. Philadelphia’s visual artists are a diverse community of makers and thinkers from multiple social, economic and cultural backgrounds.  The ​Velocity ​Fund is open to a wide range of experimental practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration between artistic genres leading to expanded audiences, fresh outcomes and an enriched multi-disciplinary discourse.

The Velocity Fund is administered by Philadelphia Contemporary and is supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts’s Regional Regranting Program. 

upcoming Information Sessions

Monday, May 10th at noon
Joint-Session with CFEVA’s Philadelphia Open Studios
On-line Event: Register Here

Friday, May 14 at 1pm 
Information Session at Cherry Street Pier
Outdoor Event: Register Here to attend in-person

Wednesday, May 12 at 5pm
Information Session with University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
On-line Event: Register Here

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 5:00pm
Velocity Fund Information Session at The Schuylkill Environmental Center with 2020 grantees Diente and Sky Fo and Yaroub Al-Obaidi.
Outdoor Event: Register Here to attend in person

Wednesday,  May 26, 2021 at 5:30pm 
CapitalNOW Event: CERF+, Leeway Foundation, and The Velocity Fund come together to share information about their grant programs and upcoming deadlines.
On-line Event: Register here.

Friday, June 4, at noon, Velocity Fund Information Session at The Open Kitchen Sculpture Garden with 2020 grantee Pedro Ospina.
Outdoor Event: Advanced registration and mask required.

Thursday, June 6th 6:30-8pm, Join Us Virtual First Thursdays at Venture Cafe
Drop in hours– no pre-registration required

Join us for a free information session to learn more about eligibility and the application process at any of these upcoming events.  

Anytime!  Asynchronous Information Session – view our SlideDeck at your convenience.

Need one-on-one application support? Schedule office-hours with our team by emailing velocity@philadelphiacontemporary.org


COVID-19 Artist Emergency Relief Grants
The next round of grants will be announced in May 2021.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 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. Temple Contemporary in Philadelphia is one of numerous regranting partners. Other regranting cities include Albuquerque, Baltimore, Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland (ME), Portland (OR), Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Washington DC.