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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Areas to Improve or Develop Cultural and Arts Facilities

Creative Space Grant (CRSP)

San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #139056

Grant Description

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Grants to California nonprofit arts organizations in eligible areas to improve or develop cultural and arts facilities. Preference is given to organizations whose work is reflective of historically marginalized communities. Funding may be used for pre-planning and planning for the acquisition or development of facilities, or for capital improvements to arts facilities to address emergency and safety situations including compliance with COVID-19 related health orders, and/or improve or enhance the creative space. Applicant organizations must be based in San Francisco.

About the Creative Space (CRSP)

  • The Creative Space (CRSP) grant program supports the enhancement of San Francisco cultural facilities through Planning and Facility Improvement Grants. The funding category aims to improve existing arts facilities and develop new ones that will support the work of San Francisco’s arts organizations and artists.
  • CRSP Planning and Facilities grants support the planning or pre-planning for the development or acquisition of arts facilities; or facilities-related capital improvements to address emergency and safety situations including compliance with COVID-19 related health orders, and/or improve or enhance the creative space.

Creative Space Funding Categories:

Planning Grants: Grants to arts organizations for the planning or pre-planning of the development and/or acquisition of arts facilities. Funds may be used for overall plan development or specific components, such as: feasibility studies, design and engineering consultations, financial and management analysis, market analysis, site analysis, needs assessment or capital campaign preparation. The applicant organization may use a San Francisco-based tax-exempt fiscal sponsor to apply for a CRSP planning grant.

Facility Improvement Grants: Grants to tax-exempt arts organizations with programming space needing capital improvements. The affected spaces must be integral to the organization’s arts activities. Multiple projects may be included in the request and must meet at least one of the following priorities:

  1. Emergency situations that render the artistic activities at a creative space inoperable, such as: correct cited fire, ADA and/or safety code violations, address issues prior to receiving a citation; or comply with COVID-19 related health orders.
  2. Improve or enhance the creative space by significantly upgrading an organization’s artistic presentation, such as: improved stage floor, lighting systems or new sound equipment.
  3. Positive effects on audience accessibility, comfort, and enjoyment of the creative space, such as: soundproofing, seating areas or heating/cooling equipment.

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.

Facilities Project Requirements can be found at https://www.sfartscommission.org/sites/default/files/FY23%20CRSP%20Guidelines_FINAL_1.pdf#page=4.

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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).
- Fiscal Sponsors may only be used in the Planning Grant category.
- 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 CRSP 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 October 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, and/or presentation of arts activities and/or youth arts activities in San Francisco.
- Level 2 Applicant Organizations must either hold title or be in possession of a qualifying lease or have a letter of intent from the property owner to enter into a qualifying lease or sale.
- The applicant cannot be part of another City agency or department.
- The organization’s annual operating revenue must not exceed $3,000,000.
- Fiscal sponsors: Organizations that exceed the $3,000,000 income cap due to regranting 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.
- 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 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024 for Planning and Level 1 grants.
- The proposed project must take place in San Francisco between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2025 for Planning and Level 2 grants.
- 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 awarded a grant. Insurance and business tax requirements will be explained and made available upon approval of grant awards.
- 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.

Ineligible Expenses
Grant funds may not pay for:
1. Activities outside of San Francisco;
2. Deficit reduction;
3. Start-up money for new organizations;
4. Routine and ongoing maintenance;
5. Down payments or lease deposits;
6. Projects that do not result in reasonable access for individuals with disabilities under the ADA.

For information about fiscal sponsors, see the guidelines:
https://www.sfartscommission.org/sites/default/files/FY23%20CRSP%20Guidelines_FINAL_1.pdf#page=7

Restrictions can be found at https://www.sfartscommission.org/sites/default/files/FY23%20CRSP%20Guidelines_FINAL_1.pdf#page=8.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Sessions:
- 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 - October 25, 2022

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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 - October 25, 2022
- Application Deadline: October 26, 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, 2023 or 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.

Partners and collaborators cannot apply separately for the same project.

In order to receive a grant payment from the San Francisco Arts Commission, you must become a registered, compliant supplier and meet the City and County of San Francisco's insurance, business tax, and equal benefits 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 your application is approved for funding.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Planning Grants: Grants for up to $50,000

Facilities Improvement Grants Level 1: 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 have a year-to-year lease and have leased the space for a minimum of ten years prior to the start of
the grant term.

Facilities Improvement Grants Level 2: Up to $100,000 for arts organizations that hold title to their space or have a lease with at least five years remaining on their lease at the start of the grant term.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place between July 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024 (for Planning and Level 1) or June 30, 2025 (Level 2).

A grant funded pursuant to these guidelines will have a grant term of one or two years. The City at its sole, absolute discretion shall have the option to extend the term for additional years as determined by the Arts Commission.

Contact Information:

Apply online:
https://sfac.tfaforms.net/180

For any questions about CRSP, contact For questions, contact Program Officer Anne Trickey at anne.trickey@sfgov.org or (415) 806-5884.

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

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