|2021 Grantseeker Information Sessions (these will be recorded for later viewing)||October 21, 23 & 30, 2020|
October 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
November 4, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.
|Special Project Grants (SPX) Applications Due||October 30, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.|
|Creative Community Response (CCR) Application Due||November 18, 2020 at 12:00 p.m.|
|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.|
|Artistic Legacy Grant Application Due||Date Forthcoming|
|SOMA Nonprofit Facilities Fund (SPX) Application Due||Closed|
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Artists & Communities in Partnership - Social Justice (ACIP - SJ), Creative Youth (ACIP-CY) are on hiatus. The Organization Project Grant category is on hiatus for projects taking place July 1, 2021-June 30, 2022 given the uncertainty of the re-opening schedule of venues in San Francisco. For questions, contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 252-2216.
DEADLINE: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 12 p.m. NOON
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.)
- 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.
For questions about this grant category, please contact Deputy Director of Programs Joanne Lee at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 12 p.m.
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 email@example.com or (415) 252-2227.
DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 12 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
DEADLINE: Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 12 p.m.
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 email@example.com
DEADLINE: Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 12 p.m.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-252-2227.
DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 30, 2020 at 12 p.m.