The Rocket Grants program was launched in 2009 by a partnership between the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO and the Spencer Museum of Art at KU in Lawrence, KS, with funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The program is now entering its seventh year of funding.
Rocket Grants enable individuals and groups of artists to take new risks with their work, push the scope and scale of their activities, develop and pursue collaborative projects that may not find support elsewhere, and engage with the public and public realm in inventive and meaningful ways. With the specific goals of developing new kinds of audiences and providing frameworks for the growth of further experimentation, awarded projects create unconventional and expansive forms of interaction, exchange, provocation, and surprise.
In 2015 the Rocket Grants program awarded a total of $59,000 to innovative, community-engaged art projects in surprising places – in addition to the $213,000 distributed since the program’s inception.
Eleven grants were awarded at two levels: Nine Full Project Grants ranging from $4-6,000, and two Research & Development Grants of $2,000 for complex projects requiring more planning time. R&D grant recipients can request the remaining $3-4,000 for implementation at some time before the next cycle begins. One R&D award from 2014 also received its implementation funding in February of 2015. To learn more about this program and the projects supported by Rocket Grants please explore this site.
The Andy Warhol Foundation has invested in the creation of a growing national network of regional re-granting programs – supporting Alternative Exposure in San Francisco, California; The Idea Fund in Houston, Texas; The Precipice Fund in Portland, Oregon; The Propeller Fund in Chicago, Illinois; Kindling Fund in Portland, Maine; The Platforms Fund in New Orleans; Wavemaker Grants in Miami, Florida; and The Grit Fund in Baltimore, Maryland – in addition to the Rocket Grants program. The Foundation aims to support the independent creative activity of artists by partnering with leading artist-centered, visual arts organizations across the country.