Artistic Legacy Grant

FOR PROJECTS TAKING PLACE JULY 2019 — JUNE 2020

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, March 22, 2019 at 12 noon PST

For any questions about the Artistic Legacy Grant, contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at debbie.h.ng@sfgov.org or 415-252-2216.

Translation

A translation of this grant application is available upon request; however, only applications in English will be accepted.

Una traducción de esta solicitud de aplicación está disponible a petición; sin embargo, solamente se aceptarán solicitudes en inglés. Favor comunicarse con Kate Patterson-Murphy al 415-252-2229 ó kate.patterson@sfgov.org para una traducción al español.

此拨款申请书的翻译版本将应请求而提供;然而,只有英文版本的申请书才会被接纳。联系电话:311

Ang pagsasalin sa Tagalog ng aplikasyon para sa pagkalooban na ito ay makukuha kung hihingilin. Ngunit ang aplikasyon sa Ingles lamang ang aming tatanggapin. Para sa tulong, maaring i-contact si Cece Carpio, 415-252-2217 o cece.carpio@sfgov.org.

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Important Dates
Information about the Artistic Legacy Grant
Who Can Apply
Panel Evaluation & Scoring Criteria
How to Submit an Application

Important Dates

Application Due March 22, 2019, 12 NOON PST
Panel Review April 2019
Funding Recommendations April 2019
Commission Approval May 2019
Annual Grants Meeting Presentation September 12, 2019
Grant Period July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020

 

Information about the Artistic Legacy Grant

About ALG

The Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG) is an annual grant for $40,000 to acknowledge the impact of an artistic director that has served the organization consistently for 25 years or more. Through the vision of the artistic director, the awarded organization is considered to be a vital member of the respective community(ies) they serve and has a history of working to educate the broader community on the importance of their culture and/or artistic genre. Legacy funds may be used to support organizational or artistic legacy planning including: transition or succession planning; strategic planning; implementing retirement plans; and/or artistic documentation or publications reflecting the history of the organization. The recipient of the annual Artistic Legacy Grant will be recognized at the annual San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) grants convening. The awardee is required to attend the grants convening and designate a representative to work with the SFAC on the final presentation. 

Alignment with SFAC's cultural equity goals

The Artistic Legacy Grant will go to an artistic director and the organization they serve that fosters artistic expression deeply rooted in and reflective of historically marginalized communities (SF ADMIN. CODE CHAPTER 68: CULTURAL EQUITY ENDOWMENT FUND. Sec. 68.6. PROJECT GRANTS).

RACIAL EQUITY STATEMENT

The San Francisco Arts Commission is committed to creating a city where all artists and cultural workers have the freedom, resources and platform to share their stories, art and culture and where race does not predetermine one’s success in life. We also acknowledge that we occupy traditional and unceded Ohlone land. Fueled by these beliefs, we commit to addressing the systemic inequities within our agency, the City and County of San Francisco and the broader arts and culture sector. This work requires that we focus on race as we confront inequities of the past, reveal inequities of the present and develop effective strategies to move all of us towards an equitable future.

Eligible Request Amount

The Artistic Legacy Grant may be up to $40,000.

Who Can Apply

Eligibility

  • The organization must be tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal sponsor that is so qualified.
     
  • The organization (and its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must be currently based in San Francisco and has been for the majority of their history.
     
  • The organization’s mission statement must be clearly focused on the development, production, and/or presentation of arts activities in San Francisco.
     
  • The organization and its artistic director must have a history of partnership spanning 25 years or more.
     
  • The applicant organization cannot be part of another City agency or department.
     
  • The organization must have a fundamental and substantial history of working with and/or presenting ongoing activities to members of the historically marginalized community(ies) identified in its proposal.
     
  • The organization must demonstrate a continuing and stable presence in the community and must have been in existence for at least 25 years with documentation of creating and presenting original works to the public in San Francisco.
     
  • The organization’s two-year average annual operating budget must not exceed $1.5 million in income determined by the line: Total Operating Revenues Less In-kind (2-year average) in the DataArts SFAC Funder Report or your organization’s Profit and Loss Statement).
     
  • New for Fiscal sponsors: Organizations that exceed the $1.5 million budget cap due to regranting must verify their operational budget without pass-through funds at the time of application.
     
  • Applicants must not be in default on any grants or loans from: (1) SFAC, (2) other City departments (including, without limitation, Department of Children, Youth, and their Families; Office of Economic and Workforce Development; Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; and Grants For The Arts), (3) Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund; (4) Northern California Community Loan Fund, (5) Community Arts Stabilization Trust; or (6) the Center for Cultural Innovation. This default clause was expanded due to the fact that SFAC has a fiduciary relationship with these particular organizations, through either shared City resources or other pooled philanthropic funds.
     
  • The organization must be willing and able to meet the requirements associated with receiving funds from the City and County of San Francisco. In order to receive a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission, you must become a registered, compliant supplier (formerly called a vendor) and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance and business tax requirements. For more information about supplier requirements, visit: http://sfgov.org/oca/qualify-do-business. Please note if you are not already a City supplier, you will only be required to register if you are awarded a grant. Insurance and business tax requirements will be explained and made available upon approval of grant awards.

restrictions

  • An organization that recognizes multiple artistic leaders may only submit one application and the grantee will be recognized with multiple recipients’ names. For example, if an organization has two artistic directors that have served for at least 25 years, they may apply. However, you cannot combine the experience of multiple artistic directors to make 25 years total.
     
  • An organization may only be awarded an Artistic Legacy Grant once, and cannot reapply in subsequent years. If an organization has more than one artistic director, the application can include co-artistic directors but the award amount will not be increased. 
     
  • Organizations cannot submit more than one application to the Artistic Legacy Grant category each year.
     
  • Grant funds can be used for general operating expenses, to support the long-term sustainability of the organization or to design a legacy strategy for the artistic director.
     
  • The awarding of funds does not imply that the Arts Commission or any other City agency will produce, exhibit, or present the art created. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure a venue and any required permits and insurance for public presentations or workshops.

Grant funds may not pay for:

  • Deficit reduction.
  • Start-up costs/seed money for new organizations or businesses.

Panel Evaluation & Scoring Criteria

Grants Panelists

ALG applications are evaluated internally by a panel and previous ALG awardees. This panel is not open to the public. 

Panel Review Attendance

ALG panel meetings are not open to the public. However, please be sure that you include a working email address in your application materials, as staff may contact you for information during any phase of the review process. Take steps to ensure that emails from SFAC are not lost in your spam filter.

Funding Recommendations

Based on an evaluation of the proposals, panelist scores create a ranking for funding recommendations. Panelists will evaluate and rank proposals where upon the top scoring applicant will be considered for funding. Applicants that score above 75 percent of the allotted points will be considered for this award.

Scoring Criteria

Panelists will be instructed to use the following scoring criteria that correspond with the noted application questions. Close review of this grid may help you focus your application responses.

CATEGORY

POINTS

SCORING CRITERIA

APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Alignment with SFAC Goals

(25 points)

25

The applicant demonstrates a thorough understanding of communities served and intentionality for serving those communities, and has a sound strategy for meeting the needs of the communities they serve.

- Who does your organization serve and why?

- How does your organization meet the needs of the communities you serve?

Artistic History

(25 points)

15

The organization and its artistic leadership’s history and accomplishments are strong and demonstrate a meaningful evolution, as well as a deep connection to and impact on historically marginalized communities.

- Describe the artistic leadership and how they have contributed to the vitality of the organization. Highlight major accomplishments that have supported the organization's general trajectory.

- Artistic Director’s Resume or CV

- Up to five work samples  documenting the span of the Artistic Director’s time with the organization.

10

Letters of Support provide meaningful firsthand account(s) of the artistic director(s) and organization’s impact on the communities the organization serves.

- Letter(s) of Support (1 minimum, 3 maximum)

 

Pivotal Juncture

(25 points)

25

The applicant demonstrates that the proposal will further the artistic director’s vision, and ensure the organization’s longevity and lasting impact on the community(ies) served.  

- Describe the continuing impact the artistic director and organization seeks to achieve.

- Describe your desired outcomes and strategy for evaluation.

- Complete the Grant Plan.

Organizational Sustainability

(25 points)

10

The organization and its artistic director(s) demonstrate awareness of its current state and positioning (opportunities, challenges, and major change) in relation to the sustainability of the organization.

-  Describe the current state of your organization and how the artistic leadership has worked to ensure long-term sustainability.

5

Plans to address the next phase of the organization’s trajectory have been well thought out and have board support.

- Describe future challenges and how the organization and Board of Directors are working to address these challenges. 

10

The organization has shown the ability to mitigate economic challenges to ensure the long-term viability of the organization.

- DataArts SFAC Funder’s Report and Budget Notes or Profit and Loss Statement and Balance Sheet

Panel Notes

SFAC staff takes notes on panel comments during deliberations. You may contact sfac.grants@sfgov.org to obtain panel comments.

Funding Approval

Panel recommendations are subject to the approval of the Arts Commission. Typically, recommendations are first reviewed by the Community Investments Committee, then by the Full Commission. Meetings of the Commission are public. The agenda will be available on the Arts Commission website sfartscommission.org 72 hours in advance of the meeting.

Grant Awards

Notifications will be emailed. Award notification will include instructions about contracting procedures.

How to Submit an Application

apply by email

Email complete application and additional attachments in a single PDF only to sfac.grants@sfgov.org by 12 p.m. noon PST on Friday, March 22, 2019.

Include “19ALG: (organization name)” in the email subject line.
Example: 19ALG: Pegasus and Unicorns United for the Arts

Applications must be emailed. Hard copy, postal mail and faxed applications will not be accepted. In fairness to others, we cannot accept late or incomplete applications. An application may be deemed incomplete and ineligible if the individual does not provide the complete set of information in the appropriate format by the deadline. No deadline extensions will be granted.

Do NOT submit more materials than stipulated; excess materials will be discarded. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at debbie.h.ng@sfgov.org or 415-252-2216.

VIEW GRANT GUIDELINES

VIEW INSTRUCTIONS & GRANT APPLICATION

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What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
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War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

June 04
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125