Grants

Image courtesy of Queer Rebels featuring Carrie Leilam Love. Photo: Epli
Image courtesy of Queer Rebels featuring Carrie Leilam Love. Photo: Epli

The San Francisco Arts Commission offers an array of grant opportunities for San Francisco-based small to mid-sized arts non-profits and individual artists through the Community Investments program. Review the categories below to find out which one is a fit.

SFAC opens our grant application window in late summer/early fall 2017. Below you will find the FY17 guidelines with each category. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed when the new guidelines and grant timeline will be released.

Are you a current grantee, seeking information about how to submit documentation? Check out our information For Grantees

 

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.

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

The Arts for Neighborhood Vitality (ANV) 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.

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

Cultural Equity Initiatives 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.

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

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Cultural Equity Endowment Fund

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.

Please Note: The Native American Cultural Center Creative Space Planning grant application can be accessed under CRSP-Planning.

FACILITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS (CRSP-FACILITIES): Grants for up to $100,000 to tax-exempt arts organizations with programming space for capital improvements and/or to address key safety, code-compliance, and/or ADA accessibility issues. Improvements must be of a “built-in” or “permanent” nature and/or specific to the space. The affected spaces must be integral to the organization’s arts activities. Organizations must have an average three-year 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

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

Related Policies

Cultural Equity Endowment Fund

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. These 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.

This grant category considers proposals for projects in alternating disciplines each year.

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

Related Policies

Cultural Equity Endowment Fund

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 Cultural Equity Initiatives, Individual Artist Commission, Organizational Project Grant, and Creative Space Planning and Facilities - Planning grant 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, please see further instruction in the grant applications listed above.

*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.

Related Policies

Cultural Equity Endowment Fund

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 grants support – 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. These 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.

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

Related Policies

Cultural Equity Endowment Fund

The WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) 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. 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 WCTAIR grant will support teaching artists with a proven track record of working with the proposed youth population to deliver high quality programming. The Arts Commission will provide a multiyear grant award to cultivate a deep collaboration between a literary teaching artist and a community-based organization or school. The Agency will also 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.

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

Occasionally, the Arts Commission receives additional funding from the Board of Supervisors for one-time projects. Please check the Find Opportunities section for current Requests for Proposals.

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