Grants FAQ

Are you a San Francisco-based artist or organization interested in a San Francisco Arts Commission grant? Check out the FAQ below for any questions you may have. Please note that category-specific FAQs are answered in the guidelines for each grant.

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

 

FAQs

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No. Organizations based anywhere outside of San Francisco are ineligible to apply for San Francisco Arts Commission grants.
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No. SFAC grant funding is for San Francisco-based artists and organizations only. You must have proof of a San Francisco corporate address if you are a 501(c)3, proof of continuous residency for the past two years if you are an individual artist, and/or you must have a fiscal sponsor that is based in San Francisco. Any organizations based outside of San Francisco, whether you have an SF-based fiscal sponsor or not, are ineligible to apply.
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No. Panelists are instructed to not visit web links. You can reference past projects in your narrative, but they must be uploaded as work samples in order for panelists to view them. 

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You may only submit one application to each grant category. It might be possible for you to submit applications for the same project to multiple categories, but that is not a good use of your time; if you received both grants, you could only accept one.

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The DataArts report should reflect the applicant organization, not the sponsor. 

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We do not recommend having more than one person logged in to the same account at the same time. We recommend that you work on the application in a separate document and then go to the GMS to enter the completed narrative.

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Yes. Some grantees may choose to use a fiscal sponsor to alleviate the entire tax burden, however you will be responsible for paying any taxes on funds you directly receive. 

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On average, we fund approximately 60% of the applications reviewed by each panel. Please note that all applicants that scored 75 and above are eligible for funding, but funding is not guaranteed. It is determined by the amount of funding available each year.

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All expenses (aside from the 10 percent indirect expenses) must have proof of payment. You may pay artists who don’t have a bank account with a gift card and you’ll need to show evidence that the gift card was purchased.

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Each question has a character count, so economy of words is necessary. The applicant should decide which community or communities should be highlighted in this grant application.

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All applicants that choose to apply under the NAACT category are self-identifying as being authentically connected to a Native community. We do not require legal proof of their affiliation. However, they will have to articulate within their application how they are deeply connected to the Native community, which will then be reviewed by a panel of community members. If the applicant is electing to work within the Native community as part of their project, they will need to demonstrate in their application that they have the expertise and authentic cultural experience to work within this community. 
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We will let you know once you pass the eligibility process. We will send you an email notification that your application is eligible and will be forwarded to the appropriate panel. Panel reviews will take place Jan through March.

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In 2018, the total was three million total for all categories, and the total allocation as well as the allocation per category can change. We fund about 60% of the applications. 

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Each panel is made of five individuals who score each application and we use the aggregated average.

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It can be a consultant. You could have collaborators, too. For example, if you’re inviting stakeholders to provide input, you can list them and their role.

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No. If the organization is on a calendar year, submit a report that includes the last full calendar for FY17 (Jan 2017-Dec 2017). You don’t have to enter the current year (2018).

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No. Each work sample should be a standalone piece - either an image, a video, an audio clip, etc. If you submit a link to collections of images, videos, or songs, or to your online portfolio, it will not be reviewed by the panel.  

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It's recommend that you take advantage of the admin indirect line item in the budget section. You can add 10% of your grant to admin indirect line item. We don’t require reporting for admin-indirect (doesn’t need to be itemized). This line can cover any overhead to manage the project. Sometimes, organizations include janitorial services, utility bill, etc.

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If you get a two year grant, SFAC will release a 50% advance. Your interim (25%) and final payment (25%) are reimbursements. Once you submit the invoices and proper paperwork, we reimburse you for the remaining balance.

If you get a one year grant, SFAC releases 50% of the grant and you submit the final payment (50%) as a reimbursement.  

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Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

November 06
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125