FACE Foundation

- Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Etant donnés Contemporary Art

Grant to Artistic Project

Application Deadline : FEBRUARY 28, 2023 


Etant donnés provides financial support through a grant system to American museums and other nonprofit institutions that organize exhibitions, installations, or research projects featuring French and France-based artists.   

The program aims to support meaningful and engaging artistic projects that address relevant issues in contemporary art across the world. It achieves this by fostering active collaboration and sustainable partnerships between French visual artists, curators, or collectives and American curators and cultural institutions.   

The program primarily seeks to introduce French visual artists whose works have rarely, if ever, been shown in the United States to American audiences. Priority is given to coproductions, new commissions, or projects that can be developed across several cities in the U.S. and/or in partnership with French institutions. 


Artistic field: VISUAL ARTS

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 photography, art performance, video, installation, etc.).   

Funding areas include: solo exhibits, group exhibits, research workshops and symposiums. 

Artists involved must be of French nationality or have lived in France for more than 5 years. The Artistic Committee will give priority to artists and works that have rarely 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.   

Grants may not exceed 50% of the overall budget of any given project.   

Maximum amount per grant to projects developed by American institutions: $30,000  

US Applicants must provide:  

– A completed application form with the required information (including a detailed budget – template below)
– A clear description of the project for which the grant is being requested
– A PDF including a short resume of the French or France-based artist(s)
– Artistic Portfolio: audio / visual work (catalogues, photographs, exhibition stills, video/sound links)
(Size of the file: max 5Mo – No “wetransfer”, “dropbox” etc.)  

Calendar & Application

Application Deadline : FEBRUARY 28, 2023


Download: Budget Template [xlsx]


Olivier Le Falher
Program Officer, Visual Arts, Design, Architecture