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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Artists from Underrepresented Communities for the Creation and Presentation of Artwork

Artist Development Fund

GrantWatch ID# 201748
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
Adobe - Adobe Stock

Geographic Focus
USA: AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew York CityNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashington, DCWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Important Dates
Deadline: 01/22/23

Grant Description
Grants of $7,500 to USA, Canada, and International artists from underrepresented communities for the creation and presentation of artwork. Applicants must register for a free membership with the funding source's organization in order to apply. Funding is intended to increase the accurate representation of minority groups in stock and media collections. Eligible types of productions include photos, vectors, illustrations, and videos.

The Artist Development Fund was created to support and promote outstanding artists identifying with underrepresented communities and provide a platform to showcase and celebrate their independent, empowered, and creative forms of visual expression. This content will be part of the Adobe Stock collection ( to help with truthful representation in the stock and media industry.

The Fund is prioritizing content from self-identifying artists that authentically depicts the lives and experiences of:

  • Black people
  • Hispanic/Latinx people
  • Asian/Pacific Islander people
  • Indigenous people *
  • LGBTQ+ people
  • Disabled people *
  • Women (cis and trans inclusive)
  • Veterans *
  • People of different religions (e.g. Christianity, Catholicism, Judaism, Islam)
  • People of different ages (e.g. seniors)
  • People of all body and skin types

*Community members may engage a Director of Photography (DP) Ally for assistance in bringing their creative vision to life across stills or video. A DP Ally is a “director of photography,” or “camera-person,” who can physically assist an Artist Development Fund recipient with capturing visual assets being submitted to for the Advocates program. The DP Ally captures footage per the Artist Development Fund recipient’s creative direction. Artist Development Fund recipient, not the DP Ally, retains copyright for all assets submitted to the program. DP Ally should reasonably be considered an Ally to the community being represented in the shoot, and must be close to the applicant (i.e, a family member). Self-representing people from Disabled, Veteran, and/or Indigenous communities are encouraged to consider this option. Please contact the Artist Development Fund staff for further information. 

Selected artists will deliver one of the three options:

  • 200 video stock footage clips
  • 375 still stock assets: which are photos, vectors, or illustrations
  • 250 mixed stills and video stock footage clips: which are photos, illustrations, vectors & video stock footage clips

A video stock footage clip is a 5-60 second clip that is either silent (no sound) or may have ambient natural sound. There are no voice-overs, narration or music. Video stock footage requires model releases if recognizable people are in the clips.

Artists will be able to take advantage of promotional opportunities to share their work, voices and personal stories with the Adobe community and its partners. Be seen and heard with Adobe Stock Advocates via Creative Cloud and Adobe Stock social channels, blogs and/or websites.

The Artist Development Fund was created to provide meaningful financial support to help artists overcome barriers to mounting creative productions, such as:

  • Renting venues
  • Equipment purchase/rental
  • Hiring models
  • Props, makeup, costumes, materials
  • Research expenses
  • DP Ally expenses*

Adobe Stock will collaborate with selected artists to execute creative productions inspired by one of the eight intersectional narrative creative briefs ( —or guided by their unique experiences and point of view to craft their own commission proposal.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
If you identify as part of an underrepresented community, you can apply to become a candidate for the Artist Development Fund through the Adobe Creative Residency Program.

- You must be at least 18 years old, and a person who self-identifies with one of the underrepresented communities listed above.
- You must be an Adobe Stock Contributor to apply for funding. If you don’t have an account yet, please join for free, below.
- Topics are based on observed cultural trends in the U.S. However, global applications from artists who would recommend a local approach to the topics are encouraged.

Pre-Application Information
Artists will be selected on a rolling basis between February 22, 2022 to January 22, 2023.

Funded projects will be selected on a monthly basis.

Selected artists will receive 50% upfront funds and the remaining 50% will be paid after submission and acceptance of work by Adobe Stock.

If any part of the application website or funding application process presents accessibility barriers, please let the Foundation know and they will make every reasonable effort to accommodate requests. Please send an email to the contact, below.


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
The fund provides a flat amount of $7,500 (USD) per selected artist.

Term of Contract
The project production time will be 2 months.

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