We believe that any artist should have access to the opportunity a MacDowell residency provides, which is why 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 programs are intended to help with or cover the costs of traveling to and from MacDowell, as well as expenses that artists expect to incur while in residence, including rent, lost income, and childcare.
Artists may apply for financial aid stipends and travel grants only if they are awarded a MacDowell Fellowship; funding is awarded based on demonstrated financial need. 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.