Grant FAQs

Commonly Asked Questions About our Grants

Q. How do I get an application form?

A. Applications for the Individual Support program must be requested in writing. If an applicant has applied before, he or she must send a new written request every year they wish to apply. Requests should be sent to the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation, 380 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012. No telephone or second party requests for applications are accepted. Forms are not available for pick up from the Foundation.

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. We do not accept second party requests except in cases where the applicant is physically unable to write or phone him – or herself.

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

A. We do not accept hand delivered applications and request that applications are mailed or are delivered by another parcel carrier (i.e. Federal Express) to the Foundation. Since there is a deadline for the Individual Support program, we rely on the postmark on the package to verify that the package was 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. We update and change the application yearly. Also, applicants must send a written request for an application, even if they wrote for an application the year prior.

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. Do I need to send a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) for application forms.

A. A SASE, while helpful, is not necessary. We do request that applicants clearly type or print their full names and complete contact information on their written requests.

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

A. For the Individual Support grant program, unsuccessful applicants may reapply every year. Recipients of this grant must wait one year after receiving their grant before reapplying.

Emergency Assistance applicants 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 a non-related and different catastrophic incident, artists may apply again for this program.

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 Individual Support program we rely on the visuals included with the application to provide evidence of a 20 year mature phase. For the Emergency Assistance program 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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