Velocity Fund, money for Philadelphia artist projects, deadline June 7, 2020!
Folks, it's time to apply! The Velocity Fund gives money directly to Philadelphia Artists to Make Art, but the deadline of June 7, 2020 is fast approaching so don't miss this funding opportunity. The arts are urgently important now especially during COVID-19 times, and Velocity Fund is a leader in supporting artists. Apply for your project now.


The Velocity Fund, as you are most likely aware, is a unique local funder that puts money directly in the hands of artists to create art in our great city. We’ve been singing the praises of Velocity Fund’s grants to artists because the awards promote art, promote community, foster collegiality and are administered by a terrific team at Temple Contemporary, who are dedicated to providing this needed fuel to keep artists and the community thriving.

Artists, at this time of pandemic and lockdown it is hard, some days even impossible, to think clearly of the future, but in the future — in the next year — your community projects will be more necessary than ever to the art sector’s revival. You should apply for this grant to help yourself and the art community survive and thrive.

The Velocity Fund application is brief and to the point, and the team is eager to answer any questions you have. Attend the online information sessions listed below or email the team at

Information Sessions

In other years the Velocity Fund team held information sessions at community organizations around the city. In this difficult COVID-19 year of 2020, sessions have migrated online.

POSTPONED Tuesday, May 12 at Philadelphia Folklore Project at 3 p.m.
MOVED ON-LINE Tuesday, May 12 at Philadelphia Photo Arts Center at 5:30 p.m.* REGISTER HERE
*Joint Information Session with The Leeway Foundation

Google Hangout sessions will also be available to answer application questions:
Thursday, May 21, 1–3 p.m.
Friday, June 5, 9–11 a.m.


Audience at Cherry Street Pier, Sept. 16, listening to the 2019 VF awardees introduce their projects.
Audience at Cherry Street Pier, Sept. 16, listening to the 2019 VF awardees introduce their projects.


Find straight-shooting answers to your burning questions at the Velocity Fund FAQ page.

What kind of projects are they looking for and other questions you may have

(From TVF website) The Velocity Fund directly supports artists to organize ​new ​collaborative projects throughout the city of Philadelphia by awarding grants up to $5000. Philadelphia’s visual artists are a diverse community of makers and thinkers from multiple social, economic and cultural backgrounds; The ​Velocity ​Fund is open to a wide range of experimental practices, particularly those that emphasize collaboration between artistic genres leading to expanded audiences, fresh outcomes and an enriched multi-disciplinary discourse.

See here for a few specific questions and Velocity Fund’s Rob Blackson’s answers.

Background of The Velocity Fund

The Velocity Fund was established in 2018 by Temple Contemporary at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Over the past two granting cycles [2018 and 2019] The Velocity Fund has supported twenty-eight dynamic projects around the city—with a diverse range of outcomes and impact; everywhere from wearable art to audio interventions, film screenings to speculative time portals, community zines to youth-led projects. In 2020, it is again inviting artists and artist groups based in Philadelphia to take advantage of this opportunity.


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