India Foundation for the Arts seeking Proposals for Arts Practice Programme

The India Foundation for the Arts is requesting for proposals for the Arts Practice Programme to supports critical practice in the arts. The programme is also open to multiple readings of the ‘critical’ and encourages practitioners to articulate this in their own context.


It encourages practitioners working across artistic disciplines to question and critique existing norms through their practice. The programme seeks to foreground a culture where arts practice is constantly being shaped and articulated through experimentation and critical dialogue.

Proposals are invited from practitioners, for projects that could:

Challenge prevalent idioms and conventions of practice
Counter market norms and standardisations
Push new frontiers in terms of content, form and medium
Explore new modes of engagement with audiences

Funding Information

Proposals will be accepted under the following grant categories:

Grants for arts projects that lead to a performative, aural, visual or literary work. Grant funds would be available up to a maximum of Rs 5,00,000. In case these projects need to be preceded by a separate period of research or exploratory work, grants up to a maximum of Rs 2,00,000 can be applied for
Grants to conceptualize and organize public platforms like conferences and seminars that facilitate critical dialogue, debate, sharing and discussion among diverse stakeholders of arts practice. Grant funds will be available up to a maximum of Rs 6,00,000
Grants for innovatively modelled artist residencies and workshops that nurture artists, encourage collaboration and facilitate experimentation. Grant funds will be available up to a maximum of Rs 6,00,000

Grants may be available for dissemination of work created with IFA support. These dissemination projects can be developed through interactions with the programme officer. Grant amount will be decided on a case by case basis.

Eligibility Criteria

You are eligible to apply if you are an Indian national, a registered non-profit Indian organisation, or have been residing in India for the last five years. Your collaborators, if any, should also fall into one of the afore mentioned categories.

The programme invites proposals both from practitioners working within as well as across disciplines.

Performing artists working in music, sound, text, dance, movement, theatre, puppetry, storytelling, magic, circus and other performance arts
Visual artists working across all forms including painting, sculpture, installation, photography, film, graphic art and new media
Curators, especially those working outside of the gallery context
Poets, novelists, playwrights working with literary arts
Practitioners engaged in interdisciplinary work

For more information, visit India Foundation.


Important Dates

Post Date – 29-May-2020

Deadline Date – Ongoing

Donor Name

India Foundation for the Arts

Grant Size

$1000 to $10,000



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Focus Areas of Interest

Arts & Culture

Focus Country(ies)