Populus Fund is a new regranting initiative organized by The Union, through the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in order to support innovative artist projects throughout Omaha–Lincoln metros. Populus Fund was founded to provide essential support for projects that expand our understanding of how art exists in the world, address community needs, and exemplify new ways of working in, for, and with the public.

In the midst of multiple pandemics, many artists are in need of critical financial support. Populus Fund’s inaugural grants will be designated as  unrestricted emergency funds to support vital needs such as medical bills, rent, debts, and food. The fund will award ninety-five $1000 grants using a weighted lottery system for a total of $95,000 awarded to artists by the end of 2020.  

Understanding the long-reaching effects of systemic racism and injustice, The Union will prioritize BIPOC applicants during this round of funding. It is our goal to give at least 55% of our awards to BIPOC artists. For full eligibility requirements + to learn about our weighted lottery process, visit our FAQ page: https://www.u-ca.org/populusfundfaq


APPLICATION TIMELINE 

Applications will open October 15.  We will have 4 weighted lottery draw cycles. Applications received by 10/23 will be considered in all lottery draws. However, if you miss that deadline you may still submit your application to be considered. All eligible applications will remain in the lottery for future cycles, no need to re-apply. 

  • OCT 15 - Applications open 
  • CYCLE 1: 10/23, 11:59p deadline 
  • CYCLE 2: 11/5 deadline, 11:59p deadline  
  • CYCLE 3: 11/20 deadline, 11:59p deadline  
  • CYCLE 4: 12/4 deadline, 11:59p deadline  


Please reach out to The Union team if you have any questions about eligibility at populusfund@u-ca.org. 

If you need assistance using Submittable, please visit https://www.submittable.com/contact/.  

The Union for Contemporary Art