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 in its tenth 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 2019 the Rocket Grants program awarded a total of $60,000 to innovative, community-engaged art projects in surprising places – in addition to the $452,000 distributed since the program’s inception.
Ten grants were awarded at two levels: Nine Project Grants at levels from $3,250 to $6,000, and two Research & Development Grants of $2,000 for complex projects requiring more planning time. This year’s R&D grant recipients can request up to an additional $2,500 for implementation at some time before the next cycle begins. Two R&D awards from 2018 also received implementation funding in early 2019. 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; The Grit Fund in Baltimore, Maryland; The Fulcrum Fund in Albuquerque, New Mexico; the Visual Arts Fund in Minneapolis, Minnesota; The Velocity Fund in Philadelphia – 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.