Through this microgrant program, YoungArts aims to distribute up to $1,000 monthly to alumni to support their professional development (workshops, seminars, classes or training geared towards enhancing professional artistic skills) and/or artistic needs. This is not a commission fund to support the development of new work, however alumni can apply for funds to subsidize a portion of a project. Requests may be made for $50 - $1,000.

What can I request money for?
    Examples of requests may include, but are not limited to the following:


  • Plane ticket to attend a residency 
  • Registration fees for a conference or class
  • Purchase of equipment 
  • Replacement of equipment or materials due to theft or natural disaster
  • Studio Rental fees
  • Costumes for a performance
  • Fees to pay for an artistic collaborator 


    Below are examples of requests we DO NOT fund:


  • Fundraising events
  • Trusts or endowments
  • Debt repayment or ongoing monthly expenses not related to artistic production
  • Programs with religious or sectarian purposes or that are part of scheduled religious services
  • Expenses incurred before the start date of the grant contract (May 10, 2019)
  • Programs which aid or service political campaigns or political groups 


 All YoungArts alumni are eligible to apply. You may only receive one YoungArts microgrant per year.

Grant Payment Process
 Submissions are reviewed within one week of the deadline. Once approved, the selected grantee(s) will be sent a letter and an acknowledgement form. Once the form is signed, your grant will be processed within 14 days.

Final Report
 One month after the funds are received, the grantee is required to complete and submit a final report detailing how and when the funds were spent. Failure to do so will affect future funding opportunities from the National YoungArts Foundation.   

Tips for applying:


  • Identify needs that are crucial to your project, artistic career, or professional development. It is advised not to tack on costs to meet the $1,000 threshold, but to apply specifically for those critical needs.
  • Be specific. Identify dollar amounts when possible, a timeline for when you'll need funding, and a clear description of how you will use the funds.