The Community Investments program supports San Francisco-based artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through the following grants and technical assistance.  Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed about any grant program updates.

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Lenora Lee Dance, featuring Hien Huynh and Johnny Nguyen. Photo courtesy of Kate Fim.

Important Dates

Grantseeker Technical Assistance Workshops and Webinar  September 17-27, 2019
Guidelines Release September 13, 2019
Applications Release September 20, 2019
Special Grants (SPX) Application Due October 30, 2019, 12:00 p.m. PST
Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) Application Due November 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m. PST
Individual Artist Commission (IAC) Application Due November 13, 2019, 12:00 p.m. PST
Organization Project Grant (OPG) Application Due  November 20, 2019, 12:00 p.m. PST
Creative Space (CRSP) Application Due  November 21, 2019, 12:00 p.m. PST
Panel Review  February-March 2020
Funding Recommendations  April 2020
Commission Approval   May 2020
Grant Period    July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 or 2022


See Grant Categories below.

2019 Information Workshops  APPLY TO BE A PANELIST

Helpful Hints

Learn more about our grant programs and eligibility requirements by watching the Grantseeker Webinars below:

2019 Grantseeker Webinar (35 minutes)
2019 Individual Artist Commission (IAC) Webinar - Part 1 (31 minutes)
2019 Individual Artist Commission (IAC) Webinar - Part 2 (10 minutes)

For FAQs and more, check out our Grant Application Resources page.  

Grant Categories

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. 

For questions about this grant category, please contact Program Officer, Debbie Ng at debbie.h.ng@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2216.

The Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) grant program offers grants up 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 marginalized communities. 

VIEW 2020 CEI GUIDELINES

For questions, contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at debbie.h.ng@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2216

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.

VIEW 2020 CRSP GUIDELINES

PLANNING GRANTS: Grants for up to $50,000 to arts organizations for the planning or pre-planning for the development or acquisition of arts facilities.

FACILITY IMPROVEMENT GRANTS: 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.

  • 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 Senior Program Officer Jaren Bonillo at jaren.bonillo@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2227.

The Ebony McKinney Arts Leadership Award was created in 2018 in partnership with Emerging Arts Professionals San Francisco Bay Area and a committee of community members who were close to Ebony and passionate about continuing her work and uplifting her name. The award recognizes emerging arts and culture administrators who are addressing critical issues facing San Francisco’s arts community, and to continue the work of Ebony McKinney, whose deep commitment to cultivating leaders of color and increasing equitable access to the arts in the Bay Area made a lasting positive impact locally and nationally before her untimely passing in July 2017. 

VIEW PAST AWARDEES

For questions about this grant category, please contact Candace Eros Diaz at Candace.Diaz@sfgov.org and Lorena Moreno at Lorena.Moreno@sfgov.org.

Individual Artist Commission (IAC) grants support individual artists who have been continuous residents of San Francisco since October 2017 for specific personal, artistic projects that, in turn, stimulate the creation and presentation of new works of art throughout the city’s neighborhoods. This grant category considers proposals for projects in alternating disciplines each year up to $20,000. In 2019, Individual Artist Commissions will be available for Dance, Music and Theater. 

VIEW 2020 IAC GUIDELINES

For questions, contact Program Officer Anne Trickey at anne.trickey@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2213

 WATCH THE WEBINAR PART 1

 WATCH THE WEBINAR PART 2

The Organization Project Grant (OPG) program supports 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. Applications will be reviewed in visual art, literary art, media art, music, dance, and theater. This grant does not fund arts education classes.

VIEW 2020 OPG GUIDELINES

For questions, contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at debbie.h.ng@sfgov.org or (415) 252-2216.

Occasionally, the Arts Commission receives additional funding from the Board of Supervisors for one-time projects.

VIEW 2020 SPX GUIDELINES

For questions about this grant category, please contact Director of Community Investments, Barbara Mumby at barbara.mumby@sfgov.org

What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

January 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

January 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

January 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners

January 07
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125