The Foundation for Arts Initiatives makes grants to institutions in the visual arts whose programs and activities are critical and whose practices we consider vital. Grants are also made to artists, activists, researchers, writers, and others in the visual arts to pursue their research without institutional, governmental, or philanthropic preconditions.

The recent past has created new constraints for many of the individuals, collectives, and institutions that FfAI supports. In response, we have adapted and expanded our grantmaking to accommodate crucial and urgent needs of cultural organizations and workers in the arts.

As a result, FfAI is offering greater flexibility for individuals and institutions to submit inquiries requesting support for essential operating expenses to carry out their activities during the pandemic and its aftermath.

FfAI is interested in practices that originate and/or end in the arts but also have broader effects and consequences. We focus on people, projects, groups, and institutions that are developing new and dynamic definitions of community and connectivity, especially those that foster collectivity. 

Research in the visual arts, including alternative forms of institutionality (their history, successes, and failures), the redefinition and use of archives, and new applications for the commons remain ongoing concerns.