The Velocity Fund

Please Note: This FAQ page is for The Velocity Fund 2021.
If you are looking for the FAQ for COVID-19 Artist Emergency Relief Grants, visit this page.

How does The Velocity Fund define the visual arts?

In the most expansive ways possible, The Velocity Fund considers the visual arts to include photography, performance, video, ceramics, sand art, drawing, bookmaking, weaving, crafts, installations, painting, mail art, printmaking, curatorial concepts, basketry, sculpture, calligraphy, social-engagement/participatory events, glass, and design. If you are doing something that we haven’t listed and you think of it as a form of visual art, give us a call and we’ll talk it through.

What is The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts?

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts was established in 1987 in accordance with Andy Warhol’s will. Its mission is to continue the advancement of the visual arts.

Do I need to propose a collaborative project?

No. Collaborative projects are encouraged but not necessary.

So, if I get a Velocity Fund grant, does that mean I can say I got a grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation?

No. You will have received a Velocity Fund Grant from Temple Contemporary.

Who is on the panel that decides who gets a grant and who doesn’t?

The Velocity Fund applications will be assessed by an independent panel of jurors. This jury will change every year and consist of artists and curators from within Philadelphia and across the country. Once the jury has reached their decisions and the grants have been awarded, Temple Contemporary will announce who the jurors were.

If I live outside of Philadelphia, can I be considered for a Velocity Fund grant?

No. Applicants must live within the city limits of Philadelphia. Applications submitted from surrounding counties (Berks, Bucks, Delaware, Montgomery, etc.) will not be considered.

How should we decide who the lead organizer is?

If your project involves a group of artists, please choose one person to act as the lead organizer. This person must live within the city limits of Philadelphia and will be the contact person. Lead organizers do not need to be U.S. citizens but must have a social security or ITIN number in order to receive payment.

How much funding can I request for my project?

Applicants can request funding in the amounts of $2500 or $5000. If you receive any additional grants, please be sure to include this on The Velocity Fund Budget Form.

How many grants are awarded each year?

The Velocity Fund awards approximately 10-15 grants.

Can I apply for multiple projects?

No. Applicants can submit one proposal during a funding year.

How long do I have to complete the project?

Grantees have one year to complete their project and cannot begin the project before September 2020.

If awarded a grant, how will funding be awarded?

Grantees will receive 80% of the grant by October 1st. The remainder of the grant will be issued after a review midway through the project. Checks will be written to the lead applicant. Lead applicants will need to have a valid social security number or ITIN number and complete a w-9 form.

How do I use Slideroom?

It’s easy! For assistance with Slideroom and a step by step guide to set up your account and start your application, follow this link to the Slideroom Help Center

What media files and sizes are accepted?

To review optimal media files and file sizes, please review Slideroom’s Media File Requirements

I do not have work or image samples for the proposed project. What should I submit?

Please submit relevant images, outlines and/or documentation of similar work that relates to your project. Use these tools to build a story that will assist your proposal.

I do not have a location secured for my proposed project, what should I do?

If you do not have a venue secured for proposed project, please provide as much information about what type of location would be the ideal space for you to put the work in.

If I’m a student, can I apply to The Velocity Fund?

No. Students are not allowed to apply to The Velocity Fund.

My organization is registered as an LLC but we do not make a profit, can we apply?

Yes, LLC’s whose primary purpose is not commercial and is not a for profit enterprise are eligible.

If I received a Velocity Fund grant last year, can I apply again?

No. You can’t apply for a Velocity Fund grant again this year; instead –this year only– you are eligible for Added Velocity!

If I received a Velocity Fund grant two (or more) years ago, can I apply again?

Yes, as long as you did not receive a Velocity Fund grant last year, you may apply with a new project idea – or with a distinctly different phase of your previous project. If you have questions about whether or not your idea is different enough from your previous project – just ask!

Can I apply for a project that is already in the works?

No, The Velocity Fund does not provide grants to resolve projects that have already begun. Your proposed project should be a new idea or distinctive phase that begins after September of the granting year.

Can collaborators for the proposed project live outside of Philadelphia?

Yes, as long as the lead applicant lives in Philadelphia and the project occurs here, it is eligible.

Does it cost anything to apply for The Velocity Fund?

No, there is not an application fee to apply.

My project may generate money –through ticket or publication sales, for example– does that mean I can’t apply for a grant?

You can still apply for a Velocity Fund grant if your project will make money. We understand that some projects –like films, publications and performances– are costly and grant funding may not cover all of the artist fees and production costs.

My project involves working with students (K-12 or college) can I still apply?

Yes, but the project’s lead organizers and/or listed collaborators can not be students – and the school itself can not apply.

In the project budget, can I pay myself?

Yes.  A portion of the project’s budget can go toward fees for your time and your collaborators. Some applicants use W.A.G.E. guidelines to calculate these fees, others budget in different ways. Let us know if you have any questions.

Do I need to attend an Information Session to apply?

No. Attending an Information Session is a great way to learn more about eligibility and the application process, but it is not required.

What is Temple Contemporary?

Temple Contemporary’s mission is to re-imagine the social function of art. We are part of the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. Like Tyler, we believe that part of being an artist is becoming an active, creative citizen in your community, and by extension your city. We hope that The Velocity Fund can support more artists to achieve this goal throughout Philadelphia. You can find out more about us here, or by visiting some of our recent projects including Funeral for a Home, reForm, and Symphony for a Broken Orchestra.

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