FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please note that we have one annual grant cycle.
The 2020 grant cycle is closed. Winners were announced on June 10th, 2020.
Funding CANNOT be used to reimburse for projects/workshops that take place prior to June 1st.
Funding CANNOT be used for a workshop which the applicant has not been accepted to at the time of submission.
As of 2019, there is a one-year grace period for previous recipients.
What is the Alexa Rose Foundation?
Who is eligible to receive a grant?
Can arts organizations apply for a grant?
What kind of projects do you fund?
I’m interested in attending a workshop, but haven’t been accepted yet. Can I apply for a grant under the assumption that I will be admitted?
I know a kid who is really talented. Can they apply?
I’m creative, but don’t consider myself a “professional” artist. Is it worth my time to submit an application?
I have applied in the past and been rejected. What am I doing wrong?
The Alexa Rose Foundation is a non-profit committed to helping individual artists in Ada and Canyon county. We award grants up to $5,000 to artists of all mediums, including literary, visual, performing and cinematic arts. However, all art forms are supported, even those that do not strictly fit into the aforementioned categories. Podcasters, puppeteers, dancers, acrobats, opera singers and animators are all welcome.
Any resident of Ada or Canyon County with a passion for creative work. We accept applicants who may “split” their time in another city, so long as you can provide a mailing address in the area. We also accept applications from any individuals who are descendants of one or more Boise River Valley tribes. Tribal applicants need not reside in Ada or Canyon county, but must note their tribal affiliation.
No. We only support individual artists. If you are part of an independent group — a band, theater company, or dance troupe — you are still eligible to apply, but your application should revolve around your personal creative growth, not the betterment of the organization as a whole.
The sky’s the limit. To date, the Foundation has funded everything from travel and workshops to college tuition, cameras, kilns, paintbrushes, studio rent, writing sabbaticals, short films, exhibition space and masterclasses. We are more interested in the impact of a request than the request itself. A strong application can articulate both specificity (why this?) and urgency (why now?) We want to see you grow, learn, and challenge yourself above all else.
No. As of 2019, applicants who request funding for a workshop or other educational opportunity must demonstrate one of the following:
The workshop or educational opportunity DOES NOT require an application process. In the event of receiving an Alexa Rose grant, the applicant can simply register for the course and be admitted. “Registration” does not count as application, as this is simply paying a fee in order to attend. However, a workshop that has a merit-based application can only be considered for an Alexa Rose grant if the artist has already been accepted to the program in question.
The workshop or educational opportunity DOES require an application process, and the applicant has been admitted to the program at the time of applying to Alexa Rose.
We are happy to accept applicants of any age, experience level or creative background. To date, we have funded artists as young as sixteen and as old as eighty. However, please note this is a highly competitive process. There is no “child” or “teen” sub-category, and all applicants are weighed equally.
Yes! Unlike many conventional grant programs, Alexa Rose seeks to support growth. Anyone who engages in a creative practice and wants to advance themselves is welcome to apply. The vast majority of our applicants identify as “emerging” or “mid-career” artists.
This is a highly competitive process. As of 2019, our acceptance rate is around 25%. If you have applied in the past and not received a grant, it may be less about doing something “wrong”, and simply that other applicants were better able to articulate the specificity and/or urgency of their proposal. Should you be interested in re-applying, we recommend considering the following questions:
SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS
In addition to work samples, each grant application consists of
three short answer questions. These questions are the same each year. Responses should not exceed 300 words per question.
Who are you as an artist? What inspires you?
For what opportunity would you like to use the grant?
How would this opportunity make a difference in your creative practice as an artist?
THINGS TO CONSIDER:
Where am I at in my career?
What is preventing me from advancing my craft?
What creative opportunity would help me mitigate or overcome this obstacle? What tool, experience, or project has the most potential to advance my creative development?
How will I grow as a result of this opportunity?
Teachers requesting materials for their students
Parents applying on behalf of their children
An individual applying on behalf of a group (a team, company, band, etc.)
An individual applying on behalf of an organization