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

Tuesday, April 20, at 4pm, Information Session with community partners from the Philadelphia Collaborative Arts Consortium
On-line Event: Register Here

Wednesday, April 28 at 5:30pm, Joint-Session with The Leeway Foundation, with community partner Fleisher Art Memorial
On-line Event: Register Here

Friday, May 7th at 4pm
Information Session with community partners Taller Puertorriqueño and Vox Populi featuring 2019 Velocity Fund grantee Raúl Romero
On-line Event: Register Here

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
Hybrid Event: Register Here to attend in-person

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.
Hybrid Event: Register Here to attend in person

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.  Stay tuned as we will continue to update these listings over the next few months.


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