**The Lilla Jewel Fund applications are currently closed. We’ll announce the next round of applications in Spring 2021**

This award for womxn artists was created in honor of Lilla Jewel, an artist, mother, grandmother, and radical suffragist active during the turn of the 20th century. The Lilla Jewel Award seeks to amplify the work of womxn artists in Oregon who advance a social change message through their work. Created nearly 25 years ago, Lilla Jewel awards have funded poets, choreographers, singers, painters, photographers, and more.

There are two $10,000 awards available at this time for individual artists only.

Please note that MRG Foundation cannot make grants to individuals, so this award will be considered taxable income.


In order to be eligible for funding from the Lilla Jewel Fund, the artist must live in Oregon, be at least 18 years old, and identify as womxn or femmes. This includes trans women, genderqueer women, and nonbinary people.

The artist’s overall work must:

  • Address progressive social, racial, economic, disability, gender and/or environmental justice issues; and
  • Be timely and relevant to the struggles of social justice movements and communities most impacted by injustice.

If selected for an award, the artist must be willing to serve in the Lilla Jewel Award Committee the year following their selection.


This opportunity is open to individuals (not organizations) and we’ll be accepting applications from musicians, performers, filmmakers, dancers,¬†writers, poets, photographers, print makers, sculptors, and multi-disciplinary and spoken-word artists, among many others.

For our purposes, artists do not need to be considered “professionals” or work full time as artists in order to qualify.


Applications open on March 16 and close on May 1, 2020 before midnight. If an artist is selected to receive an award, they will be notified by mid June, at which time, we will ask for:

  • A complete W-9 Form; and
  • A picture and short bio.

UPDATE: Since our Justice Within Reach gala has been cancelled, we will not be requiring the presence of the awardee at the event ūüôĀ


Due to the high volume of inquiries and our limited staff capacity, please watch the recording of the March 12 informational webinar before contacting us. If you still have questions after watching the webinar, please send an email to violeta@mrgf.org.


Please visit mrgfoundation.submittable.com/submit to create an account and submit your application.