ASAP Fund FAQ

Am I eligible to apply for the grant?

To be eligible, you must be able to answer “Yes” to the following prompts: 

- I am a practicing artist, architect, or designer, able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to my work, career, and a public audience, as defined below.
- I am experiencing significant financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic
- I am 21 years of age or older
- I am legally able to receive taxable income in the United States (U.S. citizen, green card holder, and/or permanent resident who can provide a W9 and SSN or ITIN)
- I am a resident of the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, or St. Charles County (in Missouri) or Madison County or St. Clair County (in Illinois)
- I am not a full-time employee, board member, director, officer, or immediate family member of a full-time employee, board member, director, or officer of the organizing institutions as of June 1, 2020. The organizing institutions are the Pulitzer Arts Foundation and the Sam Fox School.

Where and how do I apply? 

Apply for the ASAP Fund by May 29, 2020 here>>

What does the application ask?

The application asks for your contact information, information about your practice, and information about your current financial need. Preview a PDF of the application here>>

What is the timeline for submissions and funding? 

Early May 2020: Applications open
May 29, 2020: Applications accepted and reviewed
Early June 2020: Funds awarded
July 2020: Check distributed
Late August 2020: Reporting/documentation received from grantees

What types of creative practices are you funding?

In order to streamline our vetting and selection process, we are asking each applicant to identify with ONE of disciplines listed below. We understand that many artists practice between and across fields and are multidisciplinary in nature. However, due to our internal capacity, we ask that you do your best to select the discipline with which your work most deeply aligns. 

- Design (fashion, graphic, illustration, industrial arts, object, interactive media, etc.)
- Art (installation, painting, printmaking, performance art, photography, sculpture, sound art, video, social practice, ceramics, textiles, etc.)
- Architecture (architectural design, landscape architectural design, urban design, etc.)

How do you define a practicing artist, architect, or designer?

Practicing artists, architects, and designers must be able to demonstrate a sustained commitment to their work, careers, and a public audience. We define this group as those making a living from their work, independently or commercially, and those who depend upon the ability to create, exhibit, perform, publish, design, build, or sell work for their livelihood.

Applicants should use their best judgment to frame their practice and be able to document their work by providing, for example, a website, written biography, or any other digital presence—social media, press links, etc.—that demonstrates their work and its relationship to a public.

Am I eligible if I have already received funds from another relief effort?

Yes, you are eligible. We do not disqualify anyone based on other sources of relief.

Are students eligible? 

Students who meet the eligibility criteria above are welcome to apply for the ASAP Fund. Please note recipients must be 21 years of age or older. 

Are WashU employees eligible? 

Part-time employees of the Sam Fox School, or any employees of WashU at large, are eligible to apply. Employees who are on furlough or have not received a contract as of June 1, 2020 are eligible. Full-time employees of the Sam Fox School as of June 1, 2020 are not eligible.

What will you require to issue my grant?

A W9 and Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) are required by the IRS in order to distribute grants to artists. We will collect this information after you’ve been notified of your selection.

Is the grant taxable?

Yes, you may need to pay taxes on this income. Given each applicant’s unique circumstances, we cannot advise on individual tax matters. Please consult a personal financial manager or tax accountant.

What can I use the funding for?

This fund is intended to help artists sustain their practice during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, all grants are unrestricted and can be used for any kind of emergency relief or to supplement lost income. You do not need to reveal how you spend the money, although we would like to hear about outcomes if possible. 

Can I receive this grant more than once?

We have not yet decided if we will offer these funds again, but if there is a second round, past applicants will be eligible to receive funds, provided they fulfilled the terms of the first grant. 

Who administers the fund?

Washington University in St. Louis will distribute the funds and collect your financial and U.S. tax information. Please note that Washington University will not retain sensitive information (e.g. SSN or ITIN) beyond the time frame required by their auditors and for their tax reporting obligations. 

Who can I contact with questions about my application? 

Email ASAPfund@email.wustl.edu for other questions or information. 

What other resources are available? 

We've begun to compile a list of external resources to support architects, artists, and artists in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will do our best to continue to add to this list as we learn of new opportunities. Find the list here>>