The particular emphasis of the Small Arts Grants Program is to support the development and presentation of the work of living Bay Area artists. Innovative new work is the priority. Applications to mount historical works by artists no longer living will not be considered, unless there is a significant new artistic voice that is shaping the project (e.g. composer, choreographer, director, or playwright). Grants may be awarded for: artists’ fees for creative time; production costs for performances, post production costs for film projects; exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts projects; activities that contribute to overall artistic development; and efforts to strengthen an organization’s artistic impact within the community and/or an artistic discipline. The Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of arts groups during the course of each year. It strives to make grants that represent a diversity of arts disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. The Foundation priorities grant requests which best support working artists, and programs representing diverse populations. Only nonprofit arts organizations may apply for funding; individual artists are not eligible for grants through this program.
Deadline to apply
January 15, 2020
Award Amount Range
The awards range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are usually between $2,000 – $5,000. The grant period is one year from the date of Board of Directors approval.
Eligibility & Guidelines
Film (see special instructions for filmmakers)
Applicants must be:
Arts and cultural organizations incorporated as not-for-profit 501c3;
Organizations residing and offering programming in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties;
Able to demonstrate a consistent artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least 3 years;
Of annual budget size between $100,000 and $750,000;
Filmmakers residing in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties;
Film projects with budgets under $750,000, under fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit organization.
The Foundation is open to funding what others may not, or coming in at the early stages of a program or project when funding is harder to secure. Organizations may not apply more than once a year.
How to Apply
Create an account on the application portal. Apply here.