©Kyla Piscopink - 2016 grant recipient


The Anne McKee Artists Fund (AMAF) is proud to offer grant opportunities to individual visual, performing and literary artists who reside in Key West or the Florida Keys.

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bring your project to life with an AMAF grant


© Katie Divoll - 2017 grant recipient


The AMAF was created to give project-based assistance to individual artists. Grants are awarded on the basis of financial need and/or to promote recognition of emerging talent. Other factors considered are a history of dedication and excellence in the applicant’s area of expertise and their commitment and involvement in the cultural community of Key West and/or the Florida Keys. Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the AMAF Board of Directors, after fair and careful consideration.

Grants are awarded to successful applicants in varying amounts up to $2000. Additionally, there are three special grants awarded to young aspiring artists. In 2018 we introduced our third youth grant - The John McIntosh Student Grant for Artistic Advancement, named in honor of our beloved friend and local artist, Jon ‘Tosh’ McIntosh.

Q & A


When does the next round of Grant applications open?
March 1st, 2019. Applications are open for four weeks.

Who can apply for a grant?
Any visual, performing or literary artist that resides full time (or min 6 months per year) in Key West or the Florida Keys and has an upcoming creative project that could benefit from financial assistance.

Which grant is for me?

- The Anne McKee Artists Fund Grant

  • For established & emerging Florida Keys artists needing to fund a project - up to $2000. Up to 20 grants are awarded every year.

We also offer three youth scholarships :

- The Jon McIntosh Student Grant for Artistic Advancement

  • For a high school senior wishing to advance their creativity - $1000

- The Anne McKee Artists Fund Youth Scholarship

  • To assist a young person 14 years or younger - with instruction - $300

  • To assist a young person 14 years or older - with instruction or for a project - $300

What does the grant cover?
Grants are intended to cover costs specific to the project for which they are proposed. Typically acceptable expenses include project materials, framing, publishing costs and advertising. Excluded costs are capital goods (e.g. computers, smartphones, cameras), travel expenses, stipends to pay for storage units, rents, salaries and primarily commercial projects.

How do I apply for a grant?
You must have a project proposal outlining the specifics of your project and the costs involved in making your project a success - before applying for the grant. It is recommended you thoroughly research the costs and project timeline before finalizing your proposal. Your proposal must be emailed separately after submitting the online application form. Only this grant application form will be accepted and must be submitted before emailing a separate, typed narrative of explanation as detailed in the application form. Any materials submitted will not be returned.

Can I apply for a grant more than once?
Previous grant winners may apply for the grant every 2 years.

When is the grant application deadline?
Applications must be received no later than 5pm on Sunday March 31, 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered. All applications must be in accordance with the instructions on the application form.

When are the grants approved?
The selection process is completed within 1 month of the application deadline. All applicants will be notified by email, immediately after selections are made, regardless of the application outcome.

When are the grants received?
50% of the grant is issued 1-2 weeks after the winners are notified. Recipients receive their check during the award ceremony held in mid-April at the Gardens Hotel in Key West. The remaining 50% of the grant is awarded at completion of the final project.

How long do I have to complete my proposed project? 
Projects are to be completed within one year of receiving the initial 50% of the grant. Upon project completion, the grant winner is required to report to the AMAF on the final disposition of their project and provide evidence that the proposed body of work has been completed.

What if I don’t finish my project proposal within the 12 months?
Any projects not completed within the one year timeframe will forfeit all remaining grant money. It is a condition of the AMAF grant that artists who do not complete their project within the 12 months must reimburse the initial grant payment. This enables us to support the next round of grant artists to complete their projects. Only if a grant recipient is experiencing extenuating circumstances will the board consider an extension.

Where do I sign up?
Applications are available via our website when the 2019 grant round opens on 1st March. The 2019 callout will be announced on our website, FB page & local print media. Sign up to our newsletter below and be the first to know when the grant applications are open!

All projects funded by the AMAF Grant
must acknowledge the Anne McKee Artists Fund in all print and digital media.

Do you still have questions about the grants or the application process?

Thank you for your interest in the AMAF Grant.
We wish you the best of success with your artistic endeavors.