Grants, Travel Stipends, & Funding Opportunities

The Fair Trade Philosophy

We are often asked why we are not a non profit organization. Rather than think of the residency program as “for profit” we think of it as following a Fair Trade Philosophy. The WTFO defines fair trade as a partnership in transparency, actively engaged in supporting producers, raising awareness and campaigning for changes in the rules and practice. We are dually managed from both Greece and the U.S., and we believe in paying our fair share of taxes in Greece. Rather than avoid local taxes as a non profit enterprise, we believe in contributing to the region where we reside and work, which provides so much for us in return. Our faculty and staff include Greek citizens, to whom we pay a competitive wage for their work. We don’t hire interns, or demand free labor.

As an artist run organization, we strive to keep the residency program as affordable as possible for both emerging and established artists, because we understand the difficulty in funding a residency, whether individually or through grants and stipends. Private donors continue to support the maintenance of the studio building and allow us to keep the cost of the residency down. While we don't offer any funding through the Residency itself, we maintain the list below of known grants and stipend opportunities through outside organizations, and we are happy to assist in the application process by providing an official letter of acceptance. The College Art Association and ResArtis are fantastic resources in locating lesser known, specific grants (links below).

Jerome Foundation
Application for Travel Grant deadline December and awards announced in March/ Application for Artist Fellowships deadline May 8, 2019 and awards given May 8, 2020 *only for artists based in NYC or Minnesota

Sustainable Arts Foundation
Application opens August 1, Deadline August 31 **for artists with children under 18

Harpo Foundation
Application deadline April 20 and awards announced December 1

Guggenheim Foundation
Application deadline in September, awards announced in May

Pollack Krasner Foundation Grant
Rolling deadline

Other great resources:

The College Art Association (CAA)


Friends of Athena Standards Residency

Shoestring Press and Studio, Brooklyn, NY

Mudhouse Residency, Crete, GR

EVA International, Limerick, Ireland

The Limerick Printmakers, Limerick, Ireland