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Grants to California Nonprofit Arts Organizations in Eligible Locations for Capacity Building Initiatives

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) Grant

San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #130621

Grant Description

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Grants to California mid-sized and small nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations serving marginalized communities for capacity-building projects. Funding is intended to provide multi-year, core support. Funding may be used for general operating expenses, including but not limited to salaries and rent. Proposed initiatives must impact communities in San Francisco.

Cultural Equity Initiatives (CEI) is a cornerstone of the Arts Commission’s grants program. CEI honors and amplifies the legacy of the Cultural Equity Endowment by supporting San Francisco-based arts organizations​ that are deeply embedded in their communities through multi-year, core support grants. Core support grants provide organizations with the funds they need to sustain day-to-day operations and provide maximum flexibility.
Purpose and Funding Categories
  • The CEI grant program supports small and mid-sized arts organizations deeply rooted in San Francisco communities​ with core support grants.
  • Funds may be used for general operating expenses including but not limited to administrative/staff salaries, utilities, rent, office supplies, technology maintenance, as well as for project costs, professional development, artistic planning and programming and sabbaticals.
  • Prioritizes organizations deeply rooted and connected to BIPOC, LGBTQ, People with Disabilities, women and other communities​ that are identified in the Cultural Equity Endowment legislation (please see below).
  • Fosters artistic expression and arts leadership reflective of San Francisco’s rich cultural heritage and legacy.
  • Provides flexibility and addresses bandwidth challenges in critical sustainability areas including operations and staff development.
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. These communities include: African and African American; Latinx; Asian and Asian American; Arab; Native American; Pacific Islander; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer; Transgender and Gender Variant People; People with Disabilities; and Women.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility:
- The applicant organization or fiscal sponsor must be tax-exempt and in good standing under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
- NEW: All applicant organizations must be in good standing with the California Franchise Tax Board. To check or update your status visit: https://webapp.ftb.ca.gov/eletter/?Submit=Check+Status
- The applicant organization must be San Francisco-based.
- The organization (and its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must demonstrate a San Francisco corporate address. Documentation demonstrating a San Francisco corporate address must be submitted with the application. For a complete list of acceptable forms of proof of corporate address, please see the CEI application instructions.
- NEW: The applicant organization must articulate a consistent programmatic history and public benefit to the City of San Francisco, its neighborhoods and communities over the last two years (since November 2020). Please see the instructions document for further information on the San Francisco Art Activities requirement.
- The applicant organization’s mission statement must be clearly focused on the development, production, presentation and/or support of arts activities and/or youth arts activities in San Francisco.
- The applicant cannot be part of another City agency or department.
- The organization’s annual operating revenue must not exceed $1,500,000.
- Applicants must not be in default on any grants or loans from: (1) SFAC; (2) other City departments (including but not limited to the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Grants for the Arts); (3) Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund; (4) Community Vision Capital and Consulting; (5) Community Arts Stabilization Trust; and/or (6) the Center for Cultural Innovation. This default clause was expanded due to the fact that SFAC has fiduciary relationships with these particular organizations.
- The proposed project must take place in San Francisco between July 2023 – June 2025.
- The organization must be willing and able to meet the requirements associated with receiving funds from the City and County of San Francisco. In order to receive a grant payment from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the organization must become a registered, compliant supplier and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance and business tax requirements. For more information about supplier requirements, visit: https://sfcitypartner.sfgov.org/pages/become-a-supplier.aspx. Please note: you will only be required to register as a City Supplier if you are approved for funding.
- An organization awarded a grant pursuant to this application must agree to comply with the requirements of the 38th Supplement to Mayoral Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency (“Emergency Declaration”), dated February 25, 2020, and the Contractor Vaccination Policy for City Contractors issued by the City Administrator (“Contractor Vaccination Policy”), as those documents may be amended from time to time.

Fiscal sponsors and arts service organizations: Organizations that exceed the $1,500,000 budget cap due to re-granting and/or non-arts related emergency COVID response funds must verify their operational budget without pass-through funds at the time of application. Applicants must upload audited financials from the most recently completed fiscal year demonstrating the dollar amount of pass-through funds.

Grant funds may not pay for:
1. Activities outside of San Francisco;
2. Deficit reduction;
3. Start-up money for new organizations;
4. Planning and development of space (see Creative Space grants for funding opportunities).

For information about fiscal sponsors, see the guidelines:
https://www.sfartscommission.org/sites/default/files/FY23%20CEI%20Guidelines%20Final_0.pdf#page=7.

Restrictions:https://www.sfartscommission.org/sites/default/files/FY23%20CEI%20Guidelines%20Final_0.pdf#page=8.

Pre-proposal Conference:

San Francisco Arts Organizations Information Session: October 6, 2022 at 12 p.m.

Fiscally Sponsored Artists, Organizations & Fiscal Sponsors Information Session: October 7, 2022 at 12 p.m.

Application Work Sample Information Session: October 11, 2022 at 12 p.m.

One-on-One Consultations October 3 – November 9, 2022

Contact staff for more information.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Grant Information Session: September 30, 2022 at 1 p.m.
- San Francisco Arts Organizations Information Session: October 6, 2022 at 12 p.m.
- Fiscally Sponsored Artists, Organizations, & Fiscal Sponsors Information Session: October 7, 2022 at 12 p.m.
- Application Work Sample Information Session: October 11, 2022 at 12 p.m.
- One-on-One Consultations: October 3 – November 9, 2022
- Application Deadline: November 10, 2022 at 12 p.m.
- Grant Panel Review: February – March 2023
- Funding Recommendations: April 2023
- Commission Approval: May 2023
- Notification of Funding: May 2023
- Grant Period: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025

Applications must be submitted online. Emailed or faxed applications are not accepted.

Only one application may be submitted to this grant category.

In order to receive a grant payment from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the organization must become a registered, compliant supplier and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance and business tax requirements.

Please note: you will only be required to register as a City Supplier if you are approved for funding.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $100,000 over two years

The applicant organization’s average annual operating revenue from the two most recently completed fiscal years determines the eligible request amount. Please review the funding chart on the URL for Full Text, below to determine the maximum grant request amount.

Term of Contract:

For Projects Taking Place July 2023 — June 2025

Contact Information:

Apply online:
https://sfac.tfaforms.net/179

For any questions about CEI, contact Program OfficerDebbie Ng at debbie.h.ng@sfgov.org or 415-252-2216.

SFAC
401 Van Ness Ave., Suite 325
San Francisco, CA 94102

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