Proceeds from an annual art auction of locally produced work, such as this sculpture by Nancy Adams, enable the Anne McKee Artists Fund to provide $2,000 grants to 10 or 12 local artists each year. CONTRIBUTED

For decades, the Anne McKee Artists Fund has offered grant opportunities to individual visual, performing and literary artists who live in Key West and the Florida Keys. Grants open March 1, 2024 and close March 31, 2024.

The Anne McKee Fund artist grants provide up to $2,000 per person for project-based work. In addition, there are three youth-based scholarships, with categories for kids younger than 14 and teens older than 14 as well as the Jon McIntosh Student Grant for Artistic Advancement. 

New this year is the joint performance grant co-sponsored by the McKee Artists Fund and the Tennessee Williams Theater. The Sloppy Joe’s Foundation is the premier sponsor. 

The successful joint performance grant applicant (or group) in the performing arts (e.g. music, film, dance, comedy, theater, etc.) will get the opportunity to stage their performance at the Tennessee Williams Theater Cabaret with lighting and sound assistance, valued at $9,000.  They will also receive $5,000 in grant money to support the production. Marketing assistance will be provided via social media, press releases and collaboration with music and arts associations throughout the Keys.

Since 1994, the Anne McKee Artists Fund has awarded over $425,000 for project-based assistance to more than 400 individual artists, writers and performers. 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 to and involvement in the cultural community of Key West and the Florida Keys. Grants are awarded at the sole discretion of the board of directors, after fair and careful consideration. Grant funding is provided by proceeds from the annual Anne McKee Art Auction, which was held this year on Feb. 9. At the fine art auction, the price of the work is split between the artist and the Anne McKee Artists Fund. 

For grant applications and information, visit Questions may be sent to