Virgina A. Groot Foundation
Aquifer by Adrian Arleo

Grant information


The Virginia A. Groot Foundation established the Virginia A. Groot Foundation Grant in 1988 so that a ceramic sculpture or sculpture artist may have the opportunity to devote a substantial period of time to the development of his or her work.


Each year the Virginia A. Groot Foundation offers three grants (up to $35,000, $10,000, $5,000) to artists who have exceptional talent and demonstrated ability in ceramic sculpture or sculpture. Artists may be at any stage of career development, from emerging through mature. Applicants must be 21 years or older at the time of the application deadline. We welcome and encourage international applicants. Next deadline: March 1, 2015.

Students enrolled in or attending, either full-time or part-time, any institution of higher learning are not eligible. Work completed as a student is not eligible. Teachers are eligible if their program plan is for their development as artists rather than as teachers. The grant is not for the support of continued academic training.

When & How to Apply

Applications must be typed or neatly printed on the enclosed form and be postmarked by March 1 of the granting year. We award every year. Any application received after that date will not be considered for a grant. DO NOT reduce the type size, submit extra pages, resumes, reviews or any support materials that are not required. DO NOT request a signature when mailing your application. If you would like confirmation of receipt, please include a SAS postcard with your application materials. Extra materials are immediately thrown out, please do not send them.

Support Materials

Applicants must submit up to 20 images of their work along with the application form. CDs will be accepted as evidence of artistic achievement.

For CDs, each digital image file must be saved as a JPEG at a resolution of 300 dpi and must be no bigger than 1500 pixels in the longest direction. Make a corresponding inventory sheet that indicates Title, Medium, Size and Date completed. Label each disc with your name, address and phone number. PLEASE DO NOT SEND the following: CDs in plastic cases of any kind, use the paper sleeves or a homemade paper folder. Extra materials such as catalogs, brochures, extra CDs or anything not specifically asked for in the application. These items are immediately thrown out.

All application materials become the property of the Virginia A. Groot Foundation. Applicants who wish to have their slides returned after notification of the grant must include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. The foundation, while taking all reasonable care, cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of support materials submitted.


The grant winner will be determined primarily by the quality of work submitted and, secondarily, on the proposal provided on the application form. We are not a need based grant or an emergency grant, we award on merit. The grant recipient will be notified by letter on or before May 1 and will have two weeks from the receipt of the letter to accept the grant.