Frequently Asked Questions 





Q. How do I get an application form?

A. Applications for both of our grant programs are available online. The application for the Gottlieb Foundation 2018 Individual Support Program will be made available on September 1st, 2017. Once the application is available, interested applicants may log in and create a profile to begin the application.

Please note that the new process allows an applicant to work on the application over time. All completed sections and any supplemental uploaded or attached materials are saved automatically on the application, and can be reviewed and revised by the applicant until the application is submitted. The deadline for the 2018 Individual Support Grant program is December 15, 2017. Complete applications and any supplementary materials must be submitted before midnight of this date.

Applications for the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant program are available online and there is no deadline for this application. Please visit our Emergency Grant page and select the link to the application.


Q. May I drop off my application in person to the Foundation?

A. Applications must be submitted using our online application process. We do not accept hand delivered applications. We do allow applicants the option of submitting financial documentation by mail or other carrier (i.e. Federal Express). In that event, we rely on the postmark or carrier’s receipt to verify that submissions to the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program were sent on or by the deadline.

Q, When will I be notified of the Individual Support Grant final decisions?

A. Normally, final decisions are announced in mid-April.


Q. I have an Individual Support grant application form from a previous year. Can I use it?

A. No. As of April 2015 we have switched to an online application. We review and update the application forms annually; only current application forms may be submitted.


Q. Does the Foundation give preference to a particular style or form of art, such as abstract art or painting over other styles or forms?

A. No. There is no preference given to genre, media, or subject matter, so long as the work is painting, printmaking or sculpture, or can be directly interpreted as such.


Q. Can I apply every year, or do I have to wait a year to apply?

A. Applicants who did not receive an award from the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program may re-apply every year. Recipients of this grant must wait one year after receiving their grant before reapplying.

Applicants for the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant may apply for and receive assistance only once per situation. Unsuccessful applicants are not eligible to reapply for the same emergency situation. However, in the event of an unrelated and different catastrophic incident, artists may apply again for this program within a calendar year.


Q. Do I have to live in New York to be eligible for the grant programs?

A. The Foundation’s grant programs are open to both US based and International artists. US citizenship or residency is not required.


Q. How does the Foundation define a mature phase of art?

A. Maturity is based on a high level of intellectual, technical and creative proficiency that has been maintained over time. It is based less on an applicant’s age than on the development of and commitment to an artist’s work that has progressed over time. For the Gottlieb Foundation Individual Support Program we rely on the visuals included with the application to provide evidence that an artist has been producing mature work for at least 20 years. For the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant we contact several professional references who can provide information about an artist’s body of work and career over time.

If you have any additional questions please e-mail Sheila Ross:


Q. How should JPEGs be arranged?

A. JPEGs should be arranged chronologically, starting with earliest image to most recent.


Q. How are JPEGs viewed?

A. JPEGs are viewed one at a time.


Q. Can I submit extra support materials with my application?

A. . Because of the number of applications we receive each year for the Individual Support program, we ask that applicants submit only what is requested. Supplementary materials, including catalogues, brochures, reviews, press materials, and other forms of documentation will not be reviewed by the panel and should not be submitted.


Q. Who makes the decision to award a grant?

A. Each year, the Foundation selects a group of 5 artists and other art professionals, who are not affiliated with the Foundation, to serve as advisors to this program. The advisors acting as a group choose the recipients of this grant program. The entire group of panelists changes each year.




Individual Support Grant Application
& financial documents FAQ:


Q. May I submit more than 3 pages for my narrative statement?

A. We ask applicants to stay within the guidelines of the 3 page narrative. 10,000 characters is actually slightly more than 3 pages. As we have set the parameters to only allow 10000 characters, applicants will not be able to send more than this maximum number of characters. The statement should be written in full narrative prose. A curriculum vitae, exhibition résumé or point form is not sufficient and will not fulfill this requirement. Most applicants use the narrative statement to introduce their art and their career to the review panel, highlight exhibition and career achievements, and discuss the development and key issues in their work.


Q. When and how are applicants notified of the results?

A. The final reviews occur in late March or early April. Applicants are notified by mail and email usually in mid April.


Q. My spouse and I file a joint tax return. How do I reflect my income in this case?

A. For the purposes of this grant program, we consider overall household income and a joint return is acceptable. In the event that an applicant files a separate tax return from his/her spouse or domestic partner, we will also require a copy of the spouse’s or domestic partner’s tax return.


Q. I didn’t file a tax return last year. What type of financial documentation should I submit?

A. We recognize that it is not always possible to submit a copy of the most recent tax forms. Alternative documentation may be submitted in lieu of a tax return. However, applicants must check directly with and receive permission from the Foundation as to what alternative documentation is acceptable. Applicants who fail to submit the requested forms of financial documentation will not be eligible for review.


Q. Can the grants be used for educational purposes, like graduate school?

A. The Foundation does not consider requests for funding of educational purposes.