Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowships 1937-2016
The John Simon Guggenheim Foundation awarded its first fellowship to a photographer in 1937, and it has continued to provide signifcant support for photographers ever since. The amounts of the awards vary, and the average grant amount is now about $45,000. The foundation does not publish the specific amounts of the awards.
The MacArthur Foundation began giving it's "genius grants" to individuals in a wide range of fields in 1981, and it awarded its first photography fellowship in 1986. The first awards averaged $150,000 and has increased substantially over the years. Currently $625,000 is awarded to each individual over five years.