Launched in 2010, Propeller Fund is administered jointly by Gallery 400 and threewalls, and funded through a generous grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Propeller Fund provides money directly to visual artists and groups living and working in Cook County, Illinois, and seeks to support projects that are independent, informal, self-organized, and long-term or short-term.
Propeller Fund exists to stimulate the growth of independent cultural production throughout Chicago; to encourage more varied models of art production and presentation; to spread artistic activity into more diverse areas of our city; to promote the public’s interaction with and public recognition of such activities; and to spark ambitions beyond current formats. Visit the Propeller Fund website to learn more.
Propeller Fund awards $50,000 per year to artists and groups for collaborative, public-oriented projects that are independent and self-organized. Monetary awards—in amounts ranging from $1,000 to $6,000 are disbursed in direct funds to projects. Applicants are encouraged to request the amount that is needed to accomplish their project, up to $6,000. The aim of all grants is to ensure that each project will reach completion and has the resources to live up to its ambitions.
Initiated in 2016, Research & Development grants of $1,000 - $2,000 may be awarded based on applicant need, funds available, and jury determination. R&D grants are intended for projects that require initial funding to determine need and feasibility, allowing for early experimentation and additional research to fully inform the ultimate project proposal. R&D grant recipients can later request up to the remaining $4,000 - $5,000 for implementation at the time of the next grant cycle.
A National Network
Propeller fund is part of The Andy Warhol Foundation’s Regional Regranting Program, which was developed by the Foundation as a means to support vibrant, under-the-radar artistic activity by partnering with leading cultural institutions in communities across the country. Since launching the Regional Regranting program with Alternative Exposure—a grant program developed with San Francisco’s artist-run organization SouthernExposure—in 2007, the Foundation has invested in a growing national network of regional regranting programs including The Idea Fund in Houston, Texas; Rocket Grants in Kansas City, Missouri; Precipice Fund in Portland, Oregon; WaveMaker Grants in Miami; The Kindling Fund in Portland, Maine; Platforms Fund in New Orleans; The Grit Fund in Baltimore; and Propeller Fund. Organizations like Gallery 400 and threewalls allow the Foundation to reach the sizable population of informal, non-incorporated artist collectives and projects.