Black Trans Femmes in the Arts (BTFA) Collective, 2020 Grantee

Black Art Futures Fund applications are currently closed.

Black Art Futures Fund provides general operating support for U.S. small and community-based Black-led and Black-benefitting arts and culture organizations, whose annual budgets are $500k or below. Organizations can be independent 501c3 organizations or entities with a fiscal sponsor in place for more than one calendar year.

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Frequently Asked Questions

We define this as organizations and projects founded and led by Black leadership, whose annual budgets are $500K or less, and who primarily serve Black communities.
Currently, BAFF does not fund individuals.
Yes, we want to see evidence of at least a one-year relationship between your collective and the fiscal sponsor. Just specify those details in your application.

Only organizations based in the US and with programming offered within the country are eligible to apply at this time.

The projected minimum grant award will be $5,000, based on how much is in the BAFF fund at the end of the funding cycle.

BAFF grants are intended for general operating expenses. 

We consider BAFF to be more than a grant. Over the course of a year, we invite grantees into a collaborative learning space through Olive’s Classroom to discuss capacity building, board development, and other fundraising “best practices” for small Black arts organizations.

Sometimes an application is turned down because it does not meet one of the eligibility requirements. In most cases, however, it’s a matter of receiving more requests than our grant budget allows for. With the exception of 2020, we typically ask our readers to provide feedback on applications—we’re very happy to share this information with organizations interested in reapplying for future funding cycles.