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2023 Applications
Currently Closed

Image Credit: “Mental Health” event at the Center for Public Secrets. First cycle of 4. Planned by Thrive Grant Recipient, Ferrel Dixon (ASLUT Community Quarterly). Photo taken by Photographer, Medley Jones, 2021. 

Before You

Before you apply, carefully review everything on this page including the REQUIREMENTS, SCORING MATRIX, and TIMELINE. We strongly encourage all applicants to utilize all of the FREE resources on this page; you will find an info session, FAQs, grant writing tips, an application walk-through, and a budget template. 

You will have the option to apply for an Innovator Grant ($5,000) or a Powerhouse Grant ($10,000). We will have a select number of Recipients, with 1 or more in each category. All of the Thrive requirements remain the same but the Innovator category will be ideal for individual applicants, smaller teams, and projects that are smaller in scale and budget size. The Powerhouse category will be better suited for projects that are larger in scale, engage multiple collaborators and partners, and/or have larger budgets. If you don't know which category you should apply for, send your inquiry to, we are happy to answer your questions!

2023 Info Session 

Watch the recording of our free Thrive Info Session lead by OVAC staff. We cover: what materials you need to apply, what kind of projects we will fund, and the timeline for funded projects.


  1. The proposed project must have a central focus on the visual arts. Artistic practices firmly rooted in dance, theatre, music, or industry/feature filmmaking are not eligible to apply. 

  2. The proposed project must be publicly accessible and push the boundaries of the traditional exhibition experience. Be sure to think outside the box and put an emphasis on how to interact with your audience. 

  3. All events associated with your project must take place in Oklahoma and before the presentation at the end of the funding period.

  4. For collaborative projects, the individual who submits the project proposal will serve as the Lead Applicant and a detailed timeline and budget must be included. To download a budget template click the "download template" button or click HERE.

  5. Artists currently enrolled as a student in an MFA/BFA or are seeking enrollment in the arts during the award year are not eligible to apply as a Lead Applicant but are allowed to be a collaborator.

  6. The Lead Applicant and the majority of the collaborators must reside in Oklahoma.

  7. Successful applicants may apply after one calendar year of award receipt but must propose a new project or an expansion of previous work. You will not be disqualified for continuing to grow and develop the visual arts of Oklahoma but please note that preference will be shown to creative projects that have not received funding in the past.

  8. 501c3 organizations or for-profit corporations are not eligible to apply. Artists with an LLC are eligible to apply.

  9. Awarded applicants must participate in the Thrive reception in June the following year to present their project to the public. 


April 1, 2023 - Grant Application Opens


April 13, 2023 - Virtual Info Session

We are offering a free info session where we will go into detail about the program, what projects qualify, how to write a winning application, and answer any questions.

May 15-18, 2023 - Office Hours by Appointment

Email the Administrative and Artist Relations Manager at to schedule an appointment during this window to get feedback on your application and add finishing touches before submitting your application by the June 1st deadline!

June 1, 2023 - Application Deadline at 11:59 pm CST

July 31, 2023 - Thrive Grant Recipients Notified

August 2023 - June 2024 - Grant Funding Period

June 2024 - Thrive Reception

2023 Grant recipient public presentation and celebration

Scoring Matrix

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