Installation view of Intergalactix:against isolation/contra el aislamiento, LACE, 2021. Photo by yubo at OfStudio.

2022 Organizational Support Grants

In keeping with our mission, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts (MKFA) supports arts organizations that exemplify critical thinking, risk taking, and provocation in the arts. The grant program furthers Mike Kelley’s philanthropic work and honors his legacy by awarding funds to arts organizations that embody the spirit of his practice.

For the 2022 grant cycle, the Foundation will continue to offer Organizational Support Grants (OSG) that will support Los Angeles-based, small and mid-size arts organizations that are recovering from financial challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The OSG offers unrestricted grant funding to nonprofit arts organizations and fiscally sponsored arts organizations that demonstrate need and whose programming portfolio and mission align with MKFA’s core values of critical thinking, risk taking, and provocation in the arts.  These grants may cover costs including but not limited to rent, staff salaries, retaining employees, utilities, and exhibition and artist project expenses.  By providing unrestricted funding, the Foundation aims to support arts organizations in the areas they need it most.  Awards of up to $30,000 will be granted to nonprofit arts organizations and fiscally sponsored organizations.  Award size will depend on need, operating budget, and how much MKFA can offer in awards.

For more information, we strongly encourage potential applicants to read our Guidelines and FAQs.  To access the 2022 OSG application click here.


The New Compassionate Downtown, performance by Los Angeles Poverty Department at Geffen MOCA, 2021.