Supporting the creative community.


We’ve established the $1M Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund to help visual creators stay on track and achieve their dreams. If you have any questions not addressed on this site, check out our FAQs.

Adobe Creative Residency Community Fund


Each year we get an incredible number of applicants to the Adobe Creative Residency programme. This year, in response to the extensive need in the creative community for monetary support and career guidance, we’ve decided to expand the programme. In addition to the new Creative Residents this year, we’re excited to announce a $1 million Creative Residency Community Fund. This fund will enable us to support many more creators by funding their projects and hiring them for Adobe-commissioned projects.


The motto of the Creative Residency programme is “Create. Share. Activate. Empower.” As always, the creators we select will be passionate about creating personally fulfilling work, sharing their journeys and activating fellow creatives to craft the careers they want by empowering them with knowledge.



Applying to the Community Fund


You can choose to apply for one of the following: a paid Adobe project commission or a grant for your own project.


Download application PDF


1. Project Grants


  • See the application PDF above for details on how to submit a project proposal.

  • If your project is selected for funding, you’ll receive a grant for anywhere between US$500 and US$5,000, with the amount to be determined by the selection committee.

2. Adobe Project Commissions


  • See the application PDF above for details on how to apply for an Adobe-commissioned project.

  • If you're selected to work on commission, you'll receive between US$500 and US$5,000. The amount will be determined by the selection committee based on the length of the engagement and the scope of work.

  • Commission opportunities vary depending on time of year and company focus.

  • Selection is determined based on how well a candidate’s skills match the opportunities available.



The Creative Residency Community Fund is open to creators in all countries. To apply, you must be a creator of visual work.


To apply to the Creative Residency Community Fund, you must be a visual creator who’s also:

  • Proficient in English (except for Japanese candidates, who must be proficient in Japanese)
  • At least 18 years old (no advanced degree needed)

We’re especially interested in the following types of work, but we always consider great projects of all types if they showcase Creative Cloud capabilities:

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Photography/Photo art

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Graphic Design

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Motion design

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Product/Interface design (UI/UX)

Note: Because we want to support as many people as possible, fund recipients may only apply once.



We’ll accept and evaluate applications on a rolling basis, according to the schedule below.

*Applicants who do not get a response are kept in the consideration pool for the following month or quarter.

2020 Applications due

Funding begins

2021 Application due

Funding begins

1 June 2020

6 July 2020

1 December 2020

11 January 2021

1 July 2020

3 August 2020

2 January, 2021

1 February 2021

1 August 2020

8 September 2020

1 February 2021

1 March 2021

1 September 2020

5 October 2020

1 March 2021

5 April 2021

1 October 2020

2 November 2020

1 April 2021

3 May 2021

1 November 2020

7 December 2020

1 May 2021

7 June 2021

Apply to the Creative Residency Community Fund

If you have any questions not addressed here, see our FAQs page.