Special Message About Our Upcoming Grants Cycle

"Along These Lines" by Flyaway Productions, 2015 Organization Project Grant

“Along These Lines” by Flyaway Productions, 2015 Organization Project Grant

The grants team is busy building a new online grants management system (GMS) to be implemented for the FY2016-2017 grants cycle. We anticipate completing the build out by the end of July and spending August troubleshooting and beta testing the system. Although we are optimistic, it is likely that there will be a few bumps along the road to implementation. By spreading out the application due dates, we have built in more time for technical assistance and troubleshooting over the fall months. We ask for your patience as we work to bring our grants program into an online format.

We have also taken into consideration some of the suggestions that have been made throughout last year’s grants cycle. Some of the changes include:

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI): We will no longer separate the CEI grant between level one and level two. Instead, eligible funding amounts will be based upon the organization’s prior year’s budget. Organizations, regardless of size, will be able to request up to 50 percent of their previous year’s budget determined by line 36 “Total Revenue” of the Data Arts Funders report (formerly referred to as the Cultural Data Project Funders Report) for an annual amount not to exceed $50,000 (for a total two year grant award not to exceed $100,000).

Organization Project Grants and Cultural Equity Initiatives: There is no longer a stipulation that prohibits an organization from applying and receiving grants in OPG and Cultural Equity Initiative categories simultaneously.

Also, all OPG applicants may apply for up to $20,000 or up to 50 percent of their previous year’s budget determined by line 36 “Total Revenue” of the Data Arts Funders report (whichever is lower).

Eligibility criteria of sitting out one year after each cycle and closing out existing grants before reapplying in a specific category still apply. (revised 7/6/16)

Organizations with a three-year average annual operating budget size of $1.5M are eligible to apply (up from $1.1M). (revised 7/22/16)

Open Call for Panelists
SFAC seeks panelists based in the greater Bay Area who are deeply knowledgeable about the arts, arts education, cultural equity, promising practices of nonprofits, cultural facility and capital needs, and issues in historically underserved communities. We look for panelists who are artists, are otherwise engaged in the arts as a profession, as well as panelists strongly rooted in fields related to cultural equity. Younger professionals with relevant experiences are also encouraged to submit their names. Former panelists who have not served in two or more years should consider sending us your updated information. If interested, follow this link to the Google form.

The following are important dates for applicants to consider, but are subject to change:

July 1 Open Call for Panelists
August 31 GMS Goes Live & the FY2016-2017 Guidelines are Released
September Technical Assistance Begins
September 14 Grants Convening
October 5 Arts for Neighborhood Vitality (ANV) Grant Applications Due
October 12 Special Neighborhood Arts Applications Due
October 19 Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) Applications Due
October 26 Artists and Communities in Partnership (ACIP) Applications Due
November 2 Individual Artists Commission (IAC) Applications Due
November 9 Organization Project Grants (OPG) Applications Due
November 16 Creative Space (CRSP) and WritersCorps Teaching Artists in Residency (WCTAIR) Applications Due
January – March Grant Panels
April 11 Funding Recommendations to Community Arts, Education and Grants Committee
May 1 Full Commission Approval
July 1 2017 Grant Window Begins