Community Investments
We support cultural equity by investing in a vibrant arts ecosystem.

Learn more about how we support small to mid-sized arts nonprofits and individual artists through our grant programs.

Kularts performing Palau'an Bird Call. Photo: Claire Meyler

The San Francisco Arts Commission stewards over $6 million in annual grant investments through the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund, the neighborhood Cultural Centers funds and other City resources to foster the values and increase the impact of cultural equity and neighborhood arts. The Community Investments program supports San Francisco artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through grants, technical assistance and capacity building, economic development, arts education initiatives and the community-based Cultural Centers.

The Arts Commission recognizes that these funding opportunities were created through decades of community activism, arts advocacy and neighborhood cultural engagement. We continue to strive toward providing equitable access to cultural resources and create more sustainable impact across the arts ecosystem.

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

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The San Francisco Arts Commission is also committed to providing access to high-quality arts experiences for San Francisco youth. Grant programs that support this include the WritersCorps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) and Artists and Communities in Partnership (ACIP). This is also supported by the Arts Education Directory, which educators and families can use to find programs, organizations, and teaching artists in San Francisco to support integrating arts into learning.

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The Cultural Centers serve the community by housing nonprofit organizations and providing low-cost arts programs, performance and exhibition space. Centers include: African American Art & Culture Complex, also home to the Queer Cultural Center; Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater; Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts; and SOMArts Cultural Center, also home to the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

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September 20, 2018 /
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Herbst Theater
August 06, 2018 / 2:00 PM
City Hall | Rm 416
October 01, 2018 / 2:00 PM
City Hall | Rm 416
November 05, 2018 / 2:00 PM
City Hall | Rm 416
December 03, 2018 / 2:00 PM
City Hall | Rm 416
July 10, 2018 / 1:00 PM
War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
January 09, 2018
If you missed an application review panel, you can see the preliminary panel scores below. Applicants with scores of 75 percent and above will be eligible for funding. Funding recommendations are based upon available funds and will be determined by April 24, 2018* at the Community Arts, Education,...
March 30, 2017
If you missed an application review panel, you can see the preliminary panel scores below. Applicants with scores of 75 percent and above will be eligible for funding. Funding recommendations are based upon available funds and will be determined by April 27, 2017 (note rescheduled date from April...
February 03, 2017
Americans for the Arts is pleased to offer a number of full-ride and general scholarships to members interested in attending the 2017 Annual Convention in San Francisco June 15-18, 2017. Thanks to the generous support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the California Arts Council, and the...

Grant Resources

Street Artists Resources

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The Mission Grafica program at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts offers workshops for printmaking and screen printing as well as studio equipment rentals, all at a low cost.

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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 since 2013 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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For organizations, you can attach either your IRS Tax Determination Letter, utility or cable bill, lease or contract, mortgage statement, business license, or preprinted financial statement. For individual artists, you can attach any of the aforementioned items that would be applicable.
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Please review our Grantees page to find out everything you need to know about what is required after you've been awarded a grant.

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The Arts Commission only issues Street Artist licenses for individuals selling their own handmade crafts.

For performances on the street, please contact the Entertainment Commission.

If you would like to be licensed for Fisherman's Wharf or another waterfront area, please contact the Port.

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What's Coming Up

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Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

June 25
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War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

June 25
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2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

June 25
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2:00 PM to 6:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

July 16 to May 20
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2:00 PM to 5:00 PM

War Memorial Bldg | Rm 125