FACE Foundation

Supporting French-American Cultural Exchange in Education and the Arts

Etant donnés Contemporary Art

Grant to Artistic Project


Next Application Deadline : EARLY 2023, TBA


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

Etant donnés aims to support ambitious projects, with priority 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. The program primarily seeks to introduce French visual artists whose works have rarely, if ever, been shown in the United States to American audiences. The fund offers financial support in the form of grants to American nonprofit institutions that plan to organize physical exhibitions, installations, or research projects featuring French or France-based artists.  

Due to the exceptional situation created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Etant donnés has adjusted its criteria to better answer the needs of artistic cooperation between France and the United States in today’s world by integrating online and hybrid projects for this specific grant.  

Thus, this program will additionally be open to supporting online or hybrid artistic projects between American and French nonprofit institutions willing to develop a shared reflection and artistic projects in this new digital era.  


Artistic field: VISUAL ARTS

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 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 resided 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: 

– the application form filled out with the required information (including a detailed budget) 

– a clear description of the project for which the grant is being requested; and a PDF including a short resume of the artist(s) or the French partner institution 

– Artistic Portfolio: audio / visual work (catalogues, photographs, exhibition stills, video/sound links)  

(Size of the file: max 5Mo – No “wetransfer”, “dropbox” etc.) 

Calendar & Application


Next Application Deadline : EARLY 2023, TBA


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