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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Important Dates

Grantseeker Technical Assistance Workshops and Webinar  Dates Forthcoming
The Sankofa Initiative Informational Workshop September 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. PST
SOMA Nonprofit Facilities Fund (SPX) Application Due September 22, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. PST
The Sankofa Initiative (SPX) Application Due  September 29, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. PST
Guidelines Release October 2020
Applications Release October 2020
Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) Application Due Date Forthcoming
Individual Artist Commission (IAC) Application Due Date Forthcoming
Creative Space (CRSP) Application Due  Date Forthcoming
Panelist Application Deadline Date Forthcoming
Panel Review  Dates Forthcoming
Artistic Legacy Grant Application Due Date Forthcoming
Funding Recommendations  Dates Forthcoming
Commission Approval   Dates Forthcoming
Grant Period    July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022 or 2023 or 2025


See Grant Categories below.

CURRENT GRANTEES 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)

Check out our FAQs 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.

DEADLINE: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12 p.m. NOON PST

VIEW 2020 ALG GUIDELINES & APPLICATION   VIEW PAST AWARDEES

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 Grant 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 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. The SFAC has allocated resources to make grants in multiple program areas based on supervisorial districts and/or specific communities. 

For questions about this grant category, please contact Deputy Director of Programs, Joanne Lee at joanne.lee1@sfgov.org

DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12 p.m. PST

view SOMA NP Fund (SPX) guidelines & apply

The Sankofa Initiative (SPX) is a re-granting program of the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Arts Impact Endowment to support the healing and creativity of communities of color most effected by COVID-19. The Sankofa Initiative’s focus on Arts Education prioritizes access to creative exploration, cultural preservation, professional development, and access to technology and art supplies for those most in need during and after the global health emergency. 


The word Sankofa is connected to the West African proverb, “It’s not wrong to go back for that which you have forgotten.” With this proverb as our north star, this responsive recovery fund prioritizes BIPOC-led (Black/Indigenous/People of Color) organizations to uplift BIPOC communities through their own self-determination.  

For questions about this grant category, please contact Program Officer, Tina Wiley at tina.wiley@sfgov.org

DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 12 p.m. PST

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Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

October 06
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Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

October 06
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1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

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

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

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

Virtual Meeting