Photo above courtesy of Doug Johnson

Our Capacity-Building Program (formerly “Matched Savings Program) is an innovative support model that helps artists strengthen their creative practice and grow their long-term sustainability.

Since 2008 and through various partnerships, Assets for Artists has provided financial and business training and mini-grants to over 400 artists in five states (currently we’re serving cohorts in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut).

Artists selected for the program benefit from the following:

  • A capacity-building grant that serves as working capital to be invested in the artist’s creative practice. Participants are provided with mini-grants to be used by the artist toward implementing their career plan. Grant amounts range from $500 - $2,000.

  • Free professional development services, including workshops on financial management and career planning.

  • Free one-on-one coaching in the development of the artist’s career plan.

  • We offer our grant programs in locations where we can partner with local arts & development organizations to help fund and promote the services. To date, we have run the capacity-building or matched savings program in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York City, and Portland, Maine. Application timing varies for each location.

The 2019-2020 grant application period is now CLOSED. Please check back for more information in Summer 2020.

I consider some of the information I learned at the training sessions on a daily basis: it has become embedded in how I approach not only the financial planning of my work and business, but the general infrastructure in which I make art.
— Sarah Tortora, Massachusetts
The program was extremely helpful in helping me clear the initial hurdles of setting up my creative practice; it really was crucial at this pivotal point of my professional development. Sincere thanks!
— David Borden, Massachusetts
This has been the best program I have ever been a part of in the arts. The training addressed the major pitfalls of running an art-based business and also empowered artists to find solutions to those problems. The level of all of the teachers and advisors was superb. I learned a lot from this program and it has already helped my business grow. Thank you!
— Teresa Mowery, Rhode Island

Current Artist Grantee Profiles

Thanks to generous funding and an expanding network of partnerships across the northeast, Assets for Artists has now enrolled over 400 artists in five states in our Capacity-Building or Matched Savings Programs! 

We’re excited about the work they’re doing and think you will be, too. Check out our 2019 cohort below and click on the picture to visit their website. See all past cohorts and alumni here.