EYEBEAM ‘Rapid Response for a Better Digital Future’ ($30,000 Grant)

Grant / Award
  • Apply Before : May 30, 2020

Opportunity Details

  • Opportunity ID 14500

Opportunity Description


Eyebeam is a platform that creatively engages artists with technology in an experimental context. It is acting instantly in providing a platform to invigorate the artistic formation of digital futures at this time of the systemic collapse. Since economies and daily routines are interrupted worldwide, Eyebeam is taking action to back artists who are envisioning a more humane digital sphere.

Eyebeam tries to help artists who will create new ways of networking/interacting through the internet, new ways of getting along with each other, and more balanced relationships for sustainable art practices and innovative economies. It believes in the fundamental notion that profound imagination, artists-led, is a key step in building for the long-term.

Application deadline: May 30th, 2020 (11:59 PM)

Location: USA (but virtually run)

Target participants: Artists

Work period

– A, Idea Development, 27 artists: June 22 – SEP 1
– B, Project Development, 5 artists: SEP 4 – early 2021


This year’s procedure

“Rapid Response for A Better Digital Future” will come out in two phases.

1. In Phase One, the planning/idea stage: a minimum of 27 artists with $5,000 grants will be made available for top applications, collected by a free open call.

2. In Phase Two, the project/development phase:  a minimum of five artists, selected from the initial group will be selected to attend and be awarded up to an additional $25,000 to convert their ideas into actionable projects, based on their potential for actual impact.

Phase One participants will create an active cohort of practitioners, stimulated to collaborate between two phases. Eyebeam will facilitate and provide proper and vigorous virtual communication, expert consultation, skill-sharing, and group analysis and conversation to all the supported artists.


Work that addresses this through the following, interconnected, subjects will be prioritized by Eyebeam:

  • New, online public realms
  • Ethical or values-based technology
  • Health and welfare
  • Development of public policy
  • Creating an opportunity for imagination
  • Individual independence, borders, and immigration
  • Breakthrough and essential skills for artists
  • Democratic engagement and consolidation
  • Impacts of Covid-19
  • Enhancing the accessibility of online platforms
  • Artificial and natural intelligence


  • Individuals and group projects (up to 5 applicants) may apply. If applying collectively, an individual person (21 years or older) must be assigned for commitment for the term of engagement and will serve as the point of contact for communications and payments. Partnering applicants should show a history of working together in the context of art-making.
  • International applicants are encouraged to apply and do not need to live or work in the US during the period of this grant because the program is being run online, with the options for in-person meetings if that be possible in the future.
  • Please remember that if you are a Non-US citizen and do not hold a visa to work in the United States, but are planning to be in the United States during this program, all grant payments are subject to an upfront 30% withholding tax by the IRS.

Successful applications will demonstrate clarity in desire and purpose in:

  • how resultant ideas and projects will be non-commercially made accessible for anyone to use
  • striving for a range of imagination that has conceivable potential without huge corporate investment
  • extending the possible initiative long into the future
  • shaping ideas and establishing projects that combine enormous vision with DIY practicality

Equity and Inclusivity

Given the scope of this initiative and the systemic inequalities which have been further highlighted by this moment, this initiative will try to support a cohort of diverse artists regardless of race, ethnicity, disability status, gender, immigration status, and so on.

Evaluation criteria

Applicants are evaluated based on these criteria:

  • Compliance with Eyebeam’s values:
  • Openness: An open-source attitude runs all the work here.
  • Invention: We rely on ideas to produce new possibilities.
  • Justice: Technology by artists is a step towards equity and democracy.
  • Devotion to the guiding question stated above through one or more of the provided lenses, as outlined.
  • Clear artistic goals.
  • A determined relationship to technology.
  • Social urgency and prospective impact

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How to apply?

Applicants may apply online for this grant program by creating an account and submitting their applications accordingly.

No late applications will be considered. Virtual interviews will be scheduled for finalists. The results will be announced in June.

For the information not answered in the FAQ, please contact apply@eyebeam.org.

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