Grant Programs and Applications

The FY2016-2017 grant cycle is closed. Click here to view the application review panel schedule. To view preliminary scores for panels that have already occurred, click here.

Panel Notes: SFAC staff takes notes on panel comments during deliberations. You may contact sfac.grants@sfgov.org to obtain panel comments. We will accept requests for no more than six months after the date of the panel.

Applicants can download Guidelines and Application Instructions under each category listed below. To apply for a grant, applicants must sign up at sf.culturegrants.org and submit their application through the online system. Emailed or paper applications will not be accepted.

Click on the categories below for more information and to download guidelines. For more information on how to create an account on sf.culturegrants.org, click here.

Need a spreadsheet version of the Total Project Budget and SFAC Grant Project Budget & Notes from our grant applications? Click here to download.

Artists and Communities in Partnership (ACIP)

FY2010-2011 ACIP. Grantee: Intersection for the Arts

FY2010-2011 ACIP. Grantee: Intersection for the Arts

The Artists and Communities in Partnership (ACIP) grant program offers up to $20,000 of project support for arts organizations and community-based organizations empowering underserved communities through the arts. ACIP seeks to foster social justice and equity, centering artists as leaders for social change. We prioritize funding to partnerships rooted in historically underserved communities.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

For questions, contact Arts Education Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 ACIP Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 ACIP Application

Arts for Neighborhood Vitality (ANV)

The Arts for Neighborhood Vitality grant was founded to support small, neighborhood-centered, publicly accessible art walks and festivals where art and culture are main components. Projects should be an event—rather than an ongoing program—and should highlight the integration of arts and economic vitality of the specific neighborhood. Applicants may not apply for multiple grants from the Arts Commission to support the same project. Grants are awarded directly to the applicant or fiscal sponsor responsible for managing the project and the budget. This grant program is administered by the San Francisco Arts Commission with support from Grants for the Arts (GFTA).

Applications are due Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

For questions, contact Arts Education Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 ANV Guidelines
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 ANV Application

Creative Space Planning and Facilities (CRSP-Planning & CRSP-Facilities)

2015 - 2016 CRSP-Facilities Grant

2015 – 2016 CRSP-Facilities Grant New Conservatory Theatre Center

The Creative Space (CRSP) grant program supports the enhancement of San Francisco cultural facilities through Planning and Facility Improvement Grants. The category aims to improve existing arts facilities and develop new ones that will support the work of San Francisco’s arts organizations and artists.

PLANNING GRANTS (CRSP-PLANNING): Grants for up to $50,000 to tax-exempt arts organizations for the planning or pre-planning for the development or acquisition of arts facilities. Funds may be used for overall plan development or specific components, such as: feasibility studies, design and engineering consultations, financial and management analysis, market analysis, site analysis, needs assessment, or capital campaign preparation. Organizations must have an average three-year operating budget of less than $2 million.

Applications are due Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

For questions, contact Program Officer Robynn Takayama at robynn.takayama@sfgov.org or 415-252-2239.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 CRSP-Planning Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 CRSP-Planning Application

FACILITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS (CRSP-FACILITIES): Grants for up to $100,000 to tax-exempt arts organizations with programming space for capital improvements to address emergency situations, improve the capacity of the creative space, and/or to have significant positive effect on audience accessibility, comfort, and enjoyment. Improvements meet at least one of the CRSP priorities. Multiple projects may be included in the request. The affected spaces must be integral to the organization’s arts activities. Organizations must have a three-year average annual operating budget of less than $2 million.

  • LEVEL 1: Grants for up to $50,000 for arts organizations that have at least three years remaining on their lease at the start of the grant term, or, has a year-to-year lease and has leased the space for a minimum of ten years prior to the start of the grant term.
  • LEVEL 2: Grants for up to $100,000 for arts organizations that hold title to their space, or have a lease with at least five years remaining at the start of the grant term

Applications are due Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

For questions, contact Program Officer Robynn Takayama at robynn.takayama@sfgov.org or 415-252-2239.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 CRSP-Facilities Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 CRSP-Facilities Application

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI)

FY2012-2013 Cultural Equity Initiatives Level 2. Grantee: Zaccho Dance Theater

FY2012-2013 Cultural Equity Initiatives Level 2. Grantee: Zaccho Dance Theater

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) grant program offers grants from $50,000 to $100,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations for capacity-building initiatives that ensure the artistic and cultural vitality and the sustainability of San Francisco’s arts organizations that are deeply rooted in historically underserved communities. (Chapter 68: Cultural Equity Endowment Fund. Sec. 68.4 Cultural Equity Initiatives Program)

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) will no longer be separated between level one and level two. Instead, organizations, regardless of size, can request no more than 50 percent of their three-year average annual operating budget (determined by Revenue Less In-Kind minus Non-operating Revenue in the SFAC DataArts 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).

Applications are due Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

For questions, contact Program Officer Ebony McKinney at ebony.mckinney@sfgov.org or 415-252-2216.

Update 9/23/16: Guidelines have been amended with a change to the restrictions.
Update 10/7/16: Guidelines have been amended to clarify how the grant request amount is determined.
Update 10/17/16: Guidelines have been amended to clarify the grant window is July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019 (not 2018).

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 CEI Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 CEI Application

Individual Artist Commission (IAC)

FY2012-2013 Individual Artist Commission. Grantee: Chelsea Rae Klein

FY2012-2013 Individual Artist Commission. Grantee: Chelsea Rae Klein

Individual Artist Commission (IAC) grants offer up to $15,000 to support individual artists living and working in San Francisco for specific personal, artistic projects that, in turn, stimulate the creation and presentation of high quality, new works of art throughout the city’s neighborhoods. Artists may request funding for the full artistic process, or one phase of a larger creative arc, as long as project scope is appropriately scaled to request amount and project goals. IAC grants support the generation of new creative work. The artist should be focused in realizing creative or aesthetic ideas, rather than on documentation or journalism. Although collaboration is acceptable, the individual artist is the grantee. The commission must include some form of public presentation, either as work in progress or final polished piece (for example: a neighborhood workshop, a reading, an open rehearsal, etc.) in San Francisco and that takes place during the project period.

IAC considers proposals for projects in alternating disciplines each year. This year’s grant cycle will consider proposals in: VisualLiterary and Media.

Applications are due Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

For questions, contact Program Officer Ebony McKinney at ebony.mckinney@sfgov.org or 415-252-2216.

Update 10/19/16: Guidelines have been amended to clarify the work sample restrictions.
Update 10/20/16: Guidelines have been amended to correct video format instructions and demographic survey instructions.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 IAC Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 IAC Application

Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions (NAACT)

FY2010-2011 Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions. Grantee: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

FY2010-2011 Native American Arts & Cultural Traditions. Grantee: Nā Lei Hulu I Ka Wēkiu

Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions (NAACT) grants support individual artists and small and mid-sized arts organizations that are authentically connected to a Native American community and engaged in significant programming that is rooted in Native American arts and cultural traditions. NAACT is no longer a separate grant application, but woven into CEI, IAC, OPG, and CRSP programs. If you are applying for NAACT funding in these grant programs, you must substantiate how you or your organization is authentically connected to the Native American community in San Francisco. If you would like to apply for NAACT, you will be prompted in the application to distinguish that you are applying through NAACT and your application will then be routed to the NAACT panel. The NAACT panel will be made up of community members that represent the Bay Area Native community.

*Per the Human Rights Commission, Native American is defined as people of indigenous descent from North, Central, and South American heritage as well as Native Hawaiians, Samoans, Marshall Islanders, and the indigenous people of Guam (whether enrolled, federally or nationally recognized or not). All groups indicated are encouraged to apply, but due to limited funds, priority will go to artists that are affiliated and connected to groups falling under the jurisdiction of the United States.

For questions, contact Senior Program Officer Barbara Mumby at barbara.mumby@sfgov.org or 415-252-2215.

Organization Project Grants (OPG)

FY2012-2013 Organization Project Grant. Grantee: First Voice

FY2012-2013 Organization Project Grant. Grantee: First Voice

Organization Project Grants (OPG) offer up to $20,000 support small and mid-sized arts organizations in the production and presentation of artistic works, in all disciplines, accessible to the general public in San Francisco. OPG supports – in whole or in part – specific arts projects that have been determined to be of sufficient quality and benefit or interest to the community at large or to specific segments of the community. OPG grants may be used to fund art exhibitions and installations, film and video screenings, music and dance concerts, theater performances, on-line arts projects, literary readings and publications, workshops in various art forms, local arts festivals, and other activities in a similar vein. All art forms will be considered.

Organization Project Grants 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).

Due to a breakdown in the system, we have extended the OPG deadline to Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 12 p.m.

If you have already submitted your application and would like additional time to work on the application, please email robynn.takayama@sfgov.org and she can re-open your grant. It will be your responsibility to make the changes and then re-submit. If you do not go through the re-submit process, your grant will not be received.

For questions, contact Program Officer Robynn Takayama at robynn.takayama@sfgov.org or 415-252-2239.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 OPG Guidelines and Application Instructions (the scoring criteria has been corrected as of 10.24.16)
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 OPG Application

Special Project Grants (SPX)

The Special Project Grants (SPX) program consists of one-time grants to address emerging needs within the arts ecosystem of San Francisco.  Projects cover a wide range of arts activities related to neighborhood and/or community-based engagement and arts access. SFAC has allocated resources to make grants in multiple program areas based on supervisorial districts and/or specific communities. Applicants may only apply for funding specific to those geographic areas or communities outlined within the guidelines. Please refer to the guidelines for specifics about each grant that is available.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 12, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

Questions about the grant should be directed to Senior Program Officer Barbara Mumby at barbara.mumby@sfgov.org or 415-252-2215.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 Special Project Grant Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 Special Project Grant Application

 

WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR)

Photo by Seng Chen

Photo by Seng Chen

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence grant is a three year grant, renewed annually, that provides support to individual teaching artists to offer free, long-term, in-depth literacy–focused arts workshops to youth at San Francisco community sites. Sites may include in-school or after-school classes and must include complementary programming with a neighborhood branch of the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL). The communities prioritized by the grant may include, but are not limited to, youth who are low-income, impacted by the justice system, pregnant or parenting teens, and/or English language learners.

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grant will support teaching artists with a proven track record of working with the proposed youth population to deliver high quality programming. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) will provide a multiyear grant award to cultivate a deep collaboration between a literary teaching artist and a community-based organization or school. The SFAC will provide technical assistance and professional development for the teaching artist. These activities will include periodic meetings with the grantee cohort and occasional learning institutes for mutual support and shared learning. The grant prioritizes funding for teaching artists with experience to be effective in the community they propose to serve.

UPDATE: Applications deadline extended to Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12 p.m. PT.

If you are an experienced literary teaching artist who is interested in applying for the grant, but would like assistance in finding a site to partner with, please contact Program Officer Liz Ozol.

Questions about the grant should be directed to Program Officer Liz Ozol at liz.ozol@sfgov.org or 415-252-2231.

Click here to download the FY2016-2017 WritersCorps Guidelines and Application Instructions
Click here to link to sf.culturegrants.org and the FY2016-2017 WritersCorps Application