Grants to Artists



    Sierra Arts Foundation established the Grants Endowment when an anonymous donation of $140,000 was gifted to solely award funds to arts organizations and artists. Available funding varies year to year based on the amount of interest earned on monies in the program and Grants Endowment. Sierra Arts began awarding grants in fiscal year 1986-1987, when it awarded a total of $32,208 to arts organizations and artists. In fiscal year 1993-1994, the Board of Trustees voted to change the program to award monies to professional and student artists of all disciplines living within a 100-mile radius of Sierra Arts Foundation in Reno, Nevada.

    The Grants to Artist program currently provides resources to artists with the intention to encourage artist growth from concept to completion. SAF offers $1,000 grants to professional artists at any stage in their career and $500 to high school and college artists through the John and Rose Ascuaga Grant and the George Hutchison Grant. These grants support artistic excellence, creative development, and the pursuit of new concepts. Occasionally, an artist is chosen to receive the Rosemary MacMillian Award for lifetime excellence in the arts in the amount of $5,000. Funds may be used in any manner that will help support artists in their endeavors. Artists receiving grants may reapply every three years unless they’ve received the Rosemary MacMillan Award, at which time they become ineligible for future grants.


2017 Grants to Artists Application Timeline

  • Open for Online Submissions:  November 2017
  • Deadline for Submissions:  Friday, January 5, 2018 (5:00pm PST)
  • Grant Recipient Announcement:  February 2018

Applications are taken once a year during our open call for submissions. For more information about the Grants to Artists program, contact Tia Flores, Program Director at or

Grants to Artists Recipients

2016 Grants to Artists Recipients

  • Gailmarie Pahmeier – Literary Arts
  • Erika Paul – Performing Arts
  • Katie Lewis – Visual Arts
  • Jaime Shafer – Visual Arts
  • Nathaniel Benjamin* – Student/Visual Arts (UNR Undergraduate)
  • Kayla Wuintana** – Student/Visual Arts (McQueen High School)

2015 Grants to Artists Recipients

  • Mark Maynard – Literary Arts
  • Timothy Chatwood – Performing Arts
  • Chase McKenna – Performing Arts
  • Megan Berner – Visual Arts
  • Nate Clark – Visual Arts
  • Nick Larsen – Visual Arts
  • Catherine Schmid-Maybach – Visual Arts
  • Annie Evans* – Student/Musical-Theater Arts
  • Caitlin McCarty** – Student/Dance

2014 Grants to Artists Recipients

  • Laura Ann Wetherington – Literary Arts
  • Christopher Daniels – Performing Arts
  • Todd Green – Performing Arts
  • Rosie Trump – Performing Arts
  • Michelle Lassaline – Visual Arts
  • Erin Shearin* – Student/Visual Arts
  • Austin Pratt** – Student/Visual Arts

2013 Grants to Artists Recipients

  • Tee Iseminger – Literary Arts
  • June Sylvester Saraceno – Literary Arts
  • Mary Bennett – Performing Arts
  • Sandra Neace – Performing Arts
  • Pan Pantoja – Performing Arts
  • Dustin Budish – Performing Arts
  • Bryan Jones – Performing Arts
  • Jennifer Graham – Visual Arts
  • Ahren Hertel – Visual Arts
  • Blanco de San Ramon – Visual Arts
  • Joseph DeLappe – Visual Arts
  • Emily Rogers – Visual Arts
  • Blake Feldman* – Student/Performing Arts
  • Molly Allen** – Student/Visual Arts


* John & Rose Ascuaga Student Artist Grant
** George Hutchinson Student Artist Grant

To make a donation to the Grants to Artists Program, please call (775) 329-2787