Artizen is a funding platform for artists grants. When a member creates a grant and opens submissions, they are inviting other people to form an agreement with them. Anyone who submits a project to the grant, or who joins the grant as a board member, administrator, or grant supporter enters into the following agreement.

Artizen is not a part of this agreement — the contract is a direct legal agreement between grant administrators, grant applicants, grant winners, board members, and grant supporters. Here are the terms that govern this agreement:


Grant Applicants

By submitting a project to an Artizen grant you enter into this agreement and must acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • grant applicant certifies that all materials related to their project submission are accurate and honestly reflect the nature of their work; and

  • to the best of the grant applicant's knowledge their project submission is eligible for the grant and meets all review criteria, rules and conditions, and other guidelines published by the grant administrator.

If a grant applicant is unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement they may have their project submission removed from consideration for the grant or in extreme cases may have their account terminated. If a grant applicant does not win the grant they are freed from any other obligations found in this agreement.


Grant Winners

In order to receive the award money as well as any non-monetary artist benefits such as mentorship and in-kind support (collectively "grant awards"), the grant winner must acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • grant awards may only be used to develop, produce, create, market, release, or otherwise support the grant winner's project;

  • grant winner must exhibit a high standard of effort, honest communication, and dedication to develop, complete, and release their project;

  • grant winner must provide Artizen with valid bank account information as well as additional information to verify their identity to comply with know-your-customer and anti-money laundering regulations such as a copy of your passport or other form of valid ID;

  • any costs associated with transferring money to the grant winner will be deducted from the total of the award money;

  • grant winner will receive their cash award in two equal payouts;

  • to receive the first payout, grant winner must submit an invoice for 50% of the total grant award within 30 days of winning the grant;

  • once winning project is completed, grant winner must submit a Grant Report detailing how the award money and artist benefits were used;

  • if grant winner is unable to complete their project within 12 months, they must submit a Grant Report detailing the current status of their project in order to receive the final payment;

  • once the Grant Report is completed, grant winner must submit an invoice for the remaining 50% of the total grant award to receive the second and final payout;

  • payouts for award money will be issued as soon as possible but can take up to 45 days to be processed;

  • in addition to this agreement, grant winners must agree to and comply with any additional Rules and Conditions stipulated by the grant administrators on the grant's detail page; and

  • credits for the grant winner's project must prominently feature the text "Supported by Artizen, a Community Fund for Artist Grants" and include the Artizen Laurels in accordance with our brand guidelines.

If a grant winner is unable to complete, release, or further their project as promised, they’ve failed to live up to the basic obligations of this agreement. A grant winner in this position has only remedied the situation and met their obligations if:

  • they share an update with grant administrators, board members, and grant supporters that explains what work has been done, how grant awards were used, and what prevents them from furthering the project as planned; and

  • they work diligently to bring the project to the best possible conclusion in a timeframe that’s communicated to grant administrators, board members, and grant supporters.

If a grant winner is unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement they will not be required to return any portion of the money or other benefits, however, they may have their account terminated and be prevented from participating in future grants.


Grant Administrators

By creating an Artizen grant or by accepting an invitation to administrate a grant you enter into this agreement. If you delete the grant, transfer control of the grant to another member, or otherwise leave the grant as an administrator you are freed from any ongoing obligations articulated in this agreement. Grant administrators acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • grant must support artists and the development of new creative projects;

  • grant administrators are responsible for drafting, composing, and creating all elements of the grant including but not limited to the grant description, artist benefits, review criteria, rules and conditions, and grant media;

  • grant administrators certify that all materials and elements of the grant honestly and accurately reflect the nature and benefits of the grant;

  • grant administrators are responsible for inviting and managing the grant's board of directors and commit to host regular board meetings online and work with the board to help promote, grow, and improve the overall quality of the grant;

  • grant administrators must engage with grant supporters and make themselves available to answer questions from the community and clearly communicate material updates to the grant;

  • grant administrators are responsible for collecting, managing, and delivering non-monetary artist benefits for grant winners such as mentorship, in-kind contributions, and free tools and services;

  • grant administrators must make their best effort to deliver all promised artist benefits to grant winners in a timely manner, however, grant administrators are not in breach of this agreement if artist benefits are not delivered;

  • grant administrators are responsible for managing the relationship with grant sponsors and for delivering any and all sponsor benefits beyond those explicitly articulated in Artizen's Terms of Use; and

  • grant administrators are prohibited from submitting projects to their own grant.

If a grant administrators is unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement they may have their grant removed or their account terminated.


Board of Directors

By accepting an invitation to join the board of directors for a grant you enter into this agreement and must acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • board members must help manage the grant by attending online board meetings, suggesting updates to the grant, and reviewing project submissions;

  • board members must help promote the grant via social media, email lists, direct outreach, and other available means;

  • board members must help increase the funding and artist benefits offered by the grant by identifying and reaching out to potential partner organizations and individuals who might support the grant;

  • board members receive 20 additional upvote credits each month for serving on the board, however, their total monthly allotment is capped at 60 upvote credits;

  • board members are prohibited from submitting projects to any grants they serve on.

If a board member is unable to satisfy the terms or spirit of this agreement they may be removed from the board of directors. Board members may also elect to leave the board at any time and for any reason. Grant administrators may also remove any board member at any time and for any reason.


Grant Supporters

By supporting a grant as a subscriber you enter into this agreement and must acknowledge and agree to the following:

  • grant supporters may not upvote their own project submissions or any project submissions that list them as a team member;

  • any feedback given by grant supporters must be constructive and not violate our community guidelines;

  • grant supporters must acknowledge the challenges of producing creative projects and accept that there may be changes, delays, or even unexpected circumstances that prevent the grant winner from completing or releasing their project as promised.

If a grant supporter is unable to satisfy the terms of this agreement they may be removed as a supporter or in extreme cases may have their account terminated.

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