Grants of up to $5,000 to New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts individual artists and organizations in eligible counties to promote artistic advancement and the creation of new work in any arts discipline. Funding is intended to support both emerging artists and established artists who are taking a new artistic direction. Artists who are residents of the Berkshire Taconic region (Berkshire County, MA; Northeast Dutchess County, NY; Columbia County, NY and Northwest Litchfield County, CT) may apply.
The Boschen Fund for Artists supports emerging artists or artists experiencing a significant change of direction in their work. Funding supports these artists to work alone or in collaboration with other artists in the creation of new work. The Fund supports artists as they advance to the next level of their development or in the presentation of their work in innovative ways. The core belief of the Boschen Fund is that the world is made a better and more humane place if artists have the resources they need to create work and make it available to the public and have the opportunity to think in new ways about their future as artists.
The Boschen Fund seeks, in its modest way, to help create a more innovative and nurturing climate for artists in the Berkshire Taconic region by making grants available at important points in an artist's career. While the focus of the fund remains on individual artists, it also accepts proposals from organizations in the region that commission artists or provide artists with new opportunities to work or present their work to new audiences.
How do I Qualify?
Artists, both creative and interpretive, in all media may apply to the Boschen Fund; "creative artists" refers to artists who originate work while "interpretive artists" refers to artists who interpret work, such as dancers, singers, musicians, and performers. This includes visual and craft artists; writers (poets, fiction and creative nonfiction writers); installation, performance or cross-disciplinary artists; and artists who work in digital and new media or mixed media.
Applicants must have been full-time residents in the Berkshire Taconic region (Berkshire County, MA; Northeast Dutchess County, NY; Columbia County, NY and Northwest Litchfield County, CT) for two years prior to applying. Artists with a significant connection to the area are also welcome to apply. Artists who have received an award from the Boschen Fund may reapply no sooner than five years after the date of their previous award.