Etant Donnés offers financial support in the form of grants to American nonprofit institutions that organize exhibitions, installations, or research projects featuring French artists.
The Fund aims to support significant and engaging artistic projects that speak to relevant questions in contemporary art across the world. It achieves this by fostering active collaboration and encouraging long-lasting partnerships between French visual artists, curators, or collectives and American curators and cultural institutions.
The program seeks primarily to introduce French visual artists whose works have rarely, if ever, been shown in the United States to American audiences.
Étant donnés aims to support ambitious projects, with high priority given to coproductions, new commissions, and projects that can be developed across several cities in the U.S.
In order to be eligible for an Etant Donnés grant, commissions, projects, or exhibitions must pertain to the field of visual arts in its broadest sense (including design, architecture, art performance, etc.). Funding areas include: solo exhibits, group exhibits, residencies, research workshops, and symposiums.
Artists seeking funding from Etant Donnés must be of French nationality or have resided in France for more than five years.
Submitted projects should be fully realized and clearly defined at a professional level; they should seek to engage with current movements in contemporary art, architecture, and design and enable new perspectives.
Applicants must provide detailed applications and clear, coherent, reasonable budget proposals. Grants may not exceed 50% of the overall budget of any given project.
The Artistic Committee will give priority to artists and works that have never been exhibited in the U.S.
The Committee will also favor projects commissioned specifically for the U.S. and/or that have been organized in collaboration with French institutions or curators.
Next application deadline for projects in 2018:
To be announced