Eligibility Requirements

Please check that you meet all requirements before submitting an application.

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age.
  • (revised for clarity on 4/25/18) Applicant must have a level of economic access that can be considered low-income.*
  • Applicant must self-identify as a person of color.
  • Applicant must have a primary residence within the Greater Boston area.
  • Applicant must plan to complete their proposed project during their residence in the Greater Boston area.
  • Applicant must apply as an individual artist, independent from any creative business or arts organization with 501(c)3 status, including 501(c)3 status through fiscal sponsorship.
  • Applicant must demonstrate a commitment to improving the quality of one's life by practicing responsibility for their health and lifestyle choices. This may include but is not limited to areas of nutrition, sleep quality, substance abuse, exercise, mental health, injury and trauma recovery, maternity care, ongoing support for chronic health conditions and accessibility needs, etc.

*We have adopted a definition of "low-income" that is loosely based on the one used by Working Poor Families Project and the National Center for Children in Poverty. They define "low-income" as less than twice the federal poverty threshold.

The CreateWell Fund encourages applicants of all sexual orientation, gender identity, nationality, religion or faith to apply.



Awards will be given based on their proposal needs and requests, for 1) creating a new original art project honoring one’s authentic artistry and 2) achieving a realistic wellness goal tending to a critical aspect of one’s well-being. The CreateWell Fund will award two to four select individuals $2000 up to $6000, for discrete projects lasting up to one-year in duration.

Priorities & Funding Criteria

to be considered for review, please check that YOUR Proposal MEETS FUNDING CRITERIA.

Successful applicants will include commitments towards:

1. Creating a new original artistic work that expresses the artist’s authentic vision or voice. Applicants must apply to fund the creation of a new work that is in its conceptualizing or pre-planning phase.* The work must result in either a cumulative product or a series of outcomes (i.e. performances, installations, media series, etc.) with the intent to share publicly. The project’s primary intent should be expressive of or aligned with the artist’s values, interests, intellect and aesthetics without the influence or weight of considering the work's commercial viability and profitability. All mediums and genres welcome. 

2. Accessing services and supports that support, or help sustain, a critical aspect of an artist’s overall well-being (physical, emotional, mental). Applicants must be able to document progress throughout the award period. For instance, if an awardee wants to eat healthier foods regularly, documentation may include grocery receipts and photos of cooking and eating healthier meals. Documentation can be creative or non-creative, private or public, depending on artist’s preference. See below for more examples.

*NOTE: We do not fund already-developed art projects, arts or community festivals, educational programs, arts programming for nonprofits, or capital for creative businesses.  

Examples of What You Can request funding for


A portion of the funds can be used on a range of things fitting into the areas of project costs. Selected artists can use funds for the following:

  • pay yourself for your labor, time and ideas
  • pay collaborators or assistants for their work.
  • pay for materials, equipment, gear.
  • pay for a practice space, work space, venue space.


Another portion of the funds can be used on expenses that support one or more wellness areas, which may include nutrition, sleep quality, substance abuse, exercise, mental health, injury and trauma recovery, maternity care, ongoing support for chronic illness or disability, etc. Selected artists can use funds to for any of the following:

  • pay for healthier groceries and foods
  • pay co-pay(s) for necessary doctor, therapist, or specialist appointments
  • pay for healthcare treatments that might not be covered by insurance, i.e. acupuncture, homeopathy, etc, 
  • pay for prescription medicines
  • pay for non-western, medicinal remedies
  • pay for everyday expenses incurred from chronic illness or disability

If you don’t see something in these lists of examples and have a question, just ask us! 

Updated April 25, 2018.