We believe that all talented artists should have the opportunity a MacDowell residency provides, and there is no cost for a MacDowell Fellowship. Additionally, in order to open the residency experience to the broadest possible community of artists, MacDowell offers financial assistance programs to those who have been awarded a Fellowship. These financial assistance programs are intended to help with or cover the costs of traveling to and from MacDowell, as well as expenses which artists expect to incur while in residence, including rent and lost income.
Artists may apply for financial aid stipends and travel grants only if they are awarded a MacDowell Fellowship. Applications for assistance, which are made available as part of the confirmation of acceptance to MacDowell, are kept confidential. Financial assistance funds are disbursed during or shortly after a residency. Artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply.
Through the generosity of several foundations and individuals — including The Calderwood Charitable Foundation, The Pollock-Krasner Foundation, The Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, The Leon Levy Foundation, The Lesher Fund for Composers, The Marsyas Fund, and The Rona Jaffe Foundation — need-based stipends are available to artists who would not otherwise be able to afford the time away that a Fellowship requires.
Stipends may be used to cover rent, utilities, childcare, and other expenses that accrue during a residency. They may also be directed toward equipment costs and to replace lost income.
With the support of two foundations, we are able to offer travel reimbursement grants to defray the cost of domestic and international travel to and from New Hampshire. Domestic travel grants are provided by The MacArthur Transportation Fund; international travel grants are provided by The David and Rosamond Putnam Transportation Fund. Artists apply for travel grants by filling out a brief form itemizing travel costs and attaching all receipts.
Nonfiction writers engaged in long-form journalism projects are eligible to apply for small project grants through a fund endowed by the Calderwood Charitable Foundation. Project grants of up to $2500 are awarded based on financial need, the scope of your project, and availability of funds, as well as having been awarded a MacDowell Fellowship under the Literature category. These grants are intended as reimbursement for expenses already incurred and as support for the long-form project(s) worked on while at the Colony.
The MacDowell Colony offers Fellowships covering the cost of a residency to all accepted artists. Named Fellowships have been established to recognize the generous funding from specific donors to support a particular field of work or honor an individual. There is no special application process for Named Fellowships; all artists accepted for residencies are considered for these designations. For more information on Named Fellowships, please visit our Ways to Give page.