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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a grant?

Is there an average grant amount?

What is your review process?

Does the Getty have matching grant requirements?

What is considered an ineligible cost?

Do you award grants to artists?

Where will I find information about other funding sources for the arts?



How do I apply for a grant?
Application procedures and deadlines vary by grant category. Detailed information and application materials are available on this site for individuals seeking residential research grants or internships. For organizations seeking grants, we are not accepting inquiries at this time, and ask that you check back on our website later this year for news and developments.

Is there an average grant amount?
Grant amounts generally range from $25,000 to $250,000; the majority of grants are under $100,000. Grant periods range from one to three years, depending on the type of grant, and grants are not renewable. Reports listing recent grant awards are available online (see Grants Awarded) or from the Getty Foundation office.

What is your review process?
Eligible applications are reviewed by specialists in relevant fields. For most grants, recommendations are made by committees of experts. The Foundation bases its final decisions on the recommendations of outside reviewers and committee members. Final notification is usually within six months of receipt of a complete application.

Does the Getty have matching grant requirements?
In some cases, we award grants that are contingent on an applicant's receipt of matching funds, i.e., monetary contributions made to a grant project by the grantee organization or by outside sources. Matching requirements vary according to the type of grant, and any grant may be subject to them. Details of any matching requirements are described in grant award letters.

What is considered an ineligible cost?
We generally consider the following costs ineligible: operating expenses or endowment funds, indirect costs, building construction or maintenance, or the production or acquisition of works of art, film, or television.

Do you award grants to artists?
Our grants support scholarship in the history of the visual arts and related fields, and we do not offer support for art production or studio practice. Occasionally, however, artists are in residence at the Getty Research Institute as part of the theme-year scholars program. Emerging and mid-career visual artists based in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply for funds through a Getty grant that was made to the California Community Foundation. For more information, visit www.calfund.org.

Where will I find information about other funding sources for the arts?
We suggest consulting the Foundation Center at http://fdncenter.org.



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