Application & Fees

Our Next Application Cycle Opens Fall 2023 for Residencies in the Summer of 2024

This year ACRE has shifted its application timeline to fall 2023 for admission to the 2024 summer residency. This change is designed to offer a more equitable and accessible process for artists, providing admitted residents with ample time for decision-making, flexible tuition payment options, early travel planning, and adequate preparation for orientation and community building.

The updated fall 2023 application timeline enables ACRE to host virtual informational sessions about the application process and residency program, allowing prospective applicants to have their questions answered. Sign up here to receive updates on the application cycle and info sessions, or here to subscribe to ACRE's general newsletter.


What will happen at ACRE this summer?

ACRE is dedicating 2023 to nurturing its cooperative and collaborative ethos, with the aim of furthering its mission of building a more generative and sustainable organization. ACRE is created by over 200 artists who play a vital role in shaping the residency and the organization's operations. This summer, our community of active staff will gather for skill-sharing, rest and recharge, and strategic planning through retreats and facilitated sessions. This work is focused on the goal of ensuring ACRE's collective future.

We are excited to share your application and work to the next admissions panel and warmly welcome the next cohort to ACRE's 15th summer residency in summer 2024.

General Information

Residency Fee

14-Day Session: $700

The residency fee is automatically split into two payments of $350. However, upon request, we are happy to work with residents to create an alternative payment plan of up to 4 payments, if needed. Please note that the first installment of the residency fee is non-refundable, as we may not be able to fill a vacancy with short notice. Residency fees can be paid using checks or through online payment services Venmo, PayPal, and Stripe. Once accepted you will receive details on how to make payment.

ACRE fundraises throughout the year in order to offer the residency program at a low cost to artists. It costs approximately $1,500 per resident to operate the residency program alone, which does not include the exhibitions program or other activities. Additionally, at this time all residency staff members are volunteers, receiving a small stipend.


COVID Protocol:

This summer we will continue with a restructured model focusing on smaller residencies with a reduced number of people on campus. Up-to-date vaccinations and a negative test before traveling are required for all visitors. For more information please see our On Site Agreements which outlines our protocols for staying at the farm in light of the ongoing pandemic. 


Additional Financial Resources

We are unable to award financial aid to all accepted residents. Below are some additional resources outside of our organization that accepted artists may be able to use to help fund their ACRE residency.

Institutional Support

If you are currently enrolled in school, contact your advisor. There may be funds available through your program or department to attend “professional development” workshops or artists residencies such as ACRE. Some schools will even provide funding for alumni. Please let us know if we can provide additional support or documentation of your acceptance by emailing

Grant Opportunities

In addition to your state, county or other local opportunities, there are various small project grants available across the United States.

The Awesome Foundation is awesome because it uses rolling deadlines and numerous small grants to make an impact on the lives of young artists. There are many chapters across the US and Canada:

The Awesome Foundation

Some grants are available for unexpected opportunities, such as residencies, often with a quick turn-around such as:

Foundation for Contemporary Arts (note that residencies with an exhibition component are eligible)
Artists Communities Alliance – emergency funds for painters and sculptors to attend residencies
Minnesota State Arts Board – covers professional development

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has a number of small grants for individuals that are part of their Regional Regranting Program:

Alternative Exposure, San Francisco, CA – project support
The Idea Fund, Houston, TX – project support
Rocket Grants, Kansas City, MO – project support and career development
Precipice Fund, Portland, OR – project support
The Kindling Fund, Portland, ME – project support with public component
WaveMaker Grants, Miami, FL – project support with public component
Platforms, New Orlean, LA – project support and research and development support

In addition to these general grants, you may be eligible for specific geographical or culturally based grants that support individual artists. Below are resources for helping you find funding opportunities:

Funding Sources – Cranbook Academy of Art (includes opportunities by state)
Women Arts – Funding Resources
New York Foundation for the Arts – many resources and opportunities

Other grants for Individual Artists for project support:

Joyce Foundation – project-based support.
The Pollack-Krasner Foundation – visual artists with demonstrated need.
Creative Capital – project-based support.
Sustainable Arts Foundation – for artists and writers with children.
3Arts – Chicago-based artists.
Jerome Foundation – emerging artists.
Harpo Foundation – project-based support.
Rasmuson Foundation – Alaska-based artists.
Aaron Siskind Individual Photographer’s Fellowship – US photographers.
Joan Mitchell Foundation – emerging visual artists + emergency grants.
Artist Trust – artists living in Washington State.
Puffin Foundation – work that addresses social and environmental issues.
Institute of International Education | Artist Protection Fund – funding for artists whose practice or lives are threatened.
Artadia – arists in Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and the San Francisco Bay Area.
Asian Cultural Council – for artists that advance cultural exchange between the U.S. and the countries in Asia.
Franklin Furnace – project support for performing artists.
Graham Foundation – project support for artists dealing with architecture.