Creative Development Awards

White clouds, blue sky, and in place of the sun - orange circle containing the words, "Creative Development Awards" White clouds, blue sky, and in place of the sun - orange circle containing the words, "Creative Development Awards"

Creative Development Awards

The Heinz Endowments Creative Development Awards grantmaking program shines a light on our region’s professional artists, with a particular focus on those whose artistic achievements show great promise. 

This grants program is guided by the Endowments’ recognition that the region’s professional artists are central to its quality of life; are key definers, interpreters and critics of all aspects of our region; and represent the bedrock of our cultural institutions’ work. The annual program will help advance awardees’ careers through increased visibility, partnership opportunities, and financial assistance. 

The Creative Development Awards program aims to: 

  • support the creative development of professional artists in the region
  • create career advancement and recognition opportunities
  • incentivize creative partnerships among artists and local cultural organizations
  • increase the visibility of independent working artists in the region’s cultural life.

Two types of awards will be part of the 2021 Creative Development Awards:

Creative Development Grants: Professional artists in any discipline/media and at any career stage may apply directly for grants up to $20,000 to further artistic and career goals. 

Residencies at Arts Organizations: Arts organizations may apply for grants up to $35,000 to host a residency with local, national or international artists or arts administrators. Artists working in all media are welcome.

Read the program guidelines, including application instructions. 

Apply via SlideRoom by 11:59 p.m. Sept. 22; awardees will be announced in November.  Instructions for applying via SlideRoom may be found in the program guidelines document. 

To contact the Creative Development Awards team, please email:

Office hours to answer questions about the program will be held on Sept. 1, Sept. 10, and Sept. 17, 2021. Please read the guidelines before scheduling your appointment. You may schedule your appointment by making a request at