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

2021 Grantseeker Information Sessions  Sessions have ended; links to these recordings are available below

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) Application Due

    December 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. 

    Creative Space Grants (CRSP) Application Due

    December 9, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
    San Francisco Artist Grants (SFA) Application Due December 15, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.

    Arts Impact Endowment (AIE) Applications Due

    Closed
    Special Project Grants (SPX) Applications Due Closed
    Creative Community Response (CCR) Application Due Closed
    SOMA Nonprofit Facilities Fund (SPX) Application Due Closed
    Artistic Legacy Grant Application Due Date Forthcoming


    See Grant Categories below.

    CURRENT GRANTEES 2021 Information Workshops  

    Helpful Hints

    Grantseeker Information Session videos will be posted here within 3 business days following the event.

    The Sankofa Initiative Grantseeker Info Session Recording (Webinar password: Sankofa2020!)

    2020 Grantseeker Info Session for SF Artists and Arts Organizations (Webinar password: 2020Grants)

    2020 Grantseeker Info Session for SF Arts Organizations  (Webinar password: 2020ArtsOrgs)

    2020 Grantseeker Info Session for SF Artists  (Webinar password: 2020SFArtists)

    2020 Grantseeker Workshop for SF Artists - Work Sample Info Session

    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

      PAST AWARDEES

    ​The vitality and vibrancy of San Francisco depends on the dedication and determination of its arts and cultural communities. These communities and their representatives worked to support the passage of Proposition E in November 2018. With 75 percent voter approval, Proposition E restored the historic hotel tax allocation for the arts, and stabilized funding for continued deep support for arts and culture throughout the City. Arts Impact Endowment (AIE) grants include:   

    • Arts Hub: Support up to $250,000 for a nonprofit arts and culture service provider to develop, host, maintain, and regularly update a web-based perennial listing of current funding, grants, resources, and exhibition opportunities in San Francisco, as well as online tools, training, and educational materials relevant to the arts sector. The Arts Hub, modeled after similar, longstanding arts sector online resources such as NYFA.org and ArtsForLA.org, will provide a comprehensive and dynamic city-wide information resource and clearinghouse for artists, arts organizations, businesses in the arts industry, art and arts service consumers, and arts funders and supporters.   
      2021 AIE arts hub GUIDELINES & APPLICATION
       
    • Universal Basic Income (UBI): Support up to $870,000 for a nonprofit organization to develop and administer a Universal Basic Income grant for San Francisco artists and cultural workers to mitigate the financial impact of the coronavirus on their livelihoods and the community arts sector. UBI grants seek to provide immediate financial relief to BIPOC, immigrant, transgender and people with disabilities. (Note: Individual artists will be able to apply for UBI funds once the intermediary has been selected to administer this grant program. We anticipate this will be in early 2021.)

      2021 AIE UBI GUIDELINES & APPLICATION   

    • Re-Opening Safely: Support up to $800,000 for a nonprofit organization to develop a re-granting program to serve the nonprofit arts and culture sector in re-opening safely in compliance with public health orders. 

      2021 AIE re-opening safely GUIDELINES & APPLICATION    

    For questions about this grant category, please contact Deputy Director of Programs Joanne Lee at joanne.lee1@sfgov.org or 415-252-2238.

    DEADLINE: Friday, October 30, 2020 at 12 p.m. 

    The Creative Community Response (CCR) pilot program recognizes artists as critical to San Francisco's economic and emotional recovery. Artists often utilize the creative process to collaborate, solicit community input, and develop solutions to community issues. With funding from the California Arts Council, the Creative Community Response grant supports small-sized arts organizations, with budgets under $30,000, to respond to urgent needs in BIPOC communities by using art as a vehicle for positive social change. Request amounts may be up to $6,500 for projects with a grant window from January 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021. 

    For questions about this grant category, please contact Program Officer Robynn Takayama at robynn.takayama@sfgov.org

    DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12 p.m.

    2021 Creative community response GUIDELINES & APPLICATION

    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: 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.

    DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12 p.m.

    2021 CREATIVE SPACE GUIDELINES & APPLICATION

    The Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) grant program offers core support grants up to $100,000 to small and mid-sized arts organizations over two years. CEI grants may be used to fund general operating expenses such as salaries, rent, equipment and supplies, providing arts organizations with the flexibility and support for organizations to pivot their programs and meet community needs in new ways. 

    CEI will continue to honor and amplify the legacy of the Cultural Equity Endowment by supporting vital San Francisco-based arts organizations that are deeply embedded in their communities and reflect the priority communities identified in our Cultural Equity Endowment legislation. (SF ADMIN. CODE CHAPTER 68: CULTURAL EQUITY ENDOWMENT FUND.)

    Note: CEI previously funded capacity-building projects such as strategic planning, databases, and staff development. This shift in strategy was informed by community engagement and the Arts Commission's desire to be responsive to the needs of the arts sector due to COVID-19. 

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

    DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12 p.m.

    2021 CULTURAL EQUITY INITIATIVE GUIDELINES & APPLICATION

    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. 

    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.

    San Francisco Artist Grants (SFA, formerly Individual Artist Commissions/IAC) are for individual artists and fund works of art made by artists living in San Francisco. Artist projects and the majority of activities must take place in San Francisco and benefit a San Francisco audience. This grant category considers proposals for projects in all artistic genres and at any stage of an artist's career. Grant requests can be up to $20,000. Priority funding goes to artists that are deeply rooted in and reflective of communities listed in the Arts Commission's 1993 Cultural Equity Endowment Legislation and informed by current best practices in racial equity.

    (Please note, the SFA grant is for individual artist projects. The Universal Basic Income grant, listed above, for individual artists will be open once the intermediary has been selected to administer this grant program. We anticipate this will be in early 2021.) 

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

    DEADLINE: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 12 p.m. 

    2021 SAN FRANCISCO ARTIST GUIDELINES & APPLICATION

    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. 

    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. (Please note: The Sankofa Initiative grant application for professional development projects only has been re-issued. Click on the button below to view re-issued guidelines.)


    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: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12 p.m. 

    SANKOFA Guidelines & Application

    SANKOFA INFO WORKSHOP WEBINAR RECORDING 

    2021 sANKOFA INFORMATION SESSION SLIDES

    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 San Francisco Arts Commission (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 Senior Program Officer Jaren Bonillo at jaren.bonillo@sfgov.org or 415-252-2227.

    DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 30, 2020 at 12 p.m.

    2021 Special project grant GUIDELINES & APPlication

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