Grant FAQs

Commonly Asked Questions About our Grants

Q. How do I get an application form?

A. Beginning this year, applications for both of our grant programs will be available on-line. The application for the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program is currently being revised and will be available through our website on October 7th, 2015. Once the application is available, interested applicants may log-on and create an on-line profile and begin completing the application. Please note that the new process allows an applicant to work on the application over time. All completed sections and any supplemental uploaded or attached materials are saved automatically on the application and can be reviewed and revised by the applicant until the application is submitted. The deadline for this program is December 15, 2015. Complete applications and any supplementary materials must be submitted before midnight of this date.

Applications for the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program are available online. Please go to our Emergency Grant page and select the link to the application.

Q. May I drop off my application in person to the Foundation?

A. Applications must be submitted using our on-line application process. We do not accept hand delivered applications. We do allow applicants the option of submitting financial documentation by mail or other carrier (i.e. Federal Express). In that event we rely on the postmark or carrier’s receipt to verify that submissions to the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program were sent on or by the deadline.

Q. I have an Individual Support grant application form from a previous year. Can I use it?

A. No. As of April 2015 we have switched to an on-line application. We review and update the application forms annually; only current application forms may be submitted.

Q. Does the Foundation give preference to a particular style or form of art, such as abstract art or painting over other styles or forms?

A. No. There is no preference given to genre, media, or subject matter, so long as the work is painting, printmaking or sculpture or can be directly interpreted as such.

Q. Can I apply every year, or do I have to wait a year to apply?

A. Applicants who did not receive an award from the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program may reapply every year. Recipients of this grant must wait one year after receiving their grant before reapplying.

Applicants for the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant may apply for and receive assistance only once per situation. Unsuccessful applicants are not eligible to reapply for the same emergency situation. However, in the event of an unrelated and different catastrophic incident, artists may apply again for this program within a calendar year.

Q. Do I have to live in New York to eligible for the grant programs?

A. The Foundation’s grant programs are open to both US based and International artists. US citizenship or residency is not required.

Q. How does the Foundation define a mature phase of art?

A. Maturity is based on a high level of intellectual, technical and creative proficiency that has been maintained over time. It is based less on an applicant’s age than on the development of and commitment to an artist’s work that has progressed over time. For the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program we rely on the visuals included with the application to provide evidence that an artist has been producing mature work for at least 20 years. For the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant we contact several professional references who can provide information about an artist’s body of work and career over time.

If you have any additional questions please contact Sheila Ross via email:

Matthew McCaslin – Wall Arrangement, 2005
Individual Support Grant recipient 2008
Judith Page – Memoirs of the Beast, 2001
Individual Support Grant recipient 2002
Suzan Frecon – Double Indigo, 2000
Individual Support Grant recipient 2001
Roy F. Staab – Diminution, 1999
Individual Support Grant recipient 2000

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