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San Francisco Artist Grant (SFA)

Grants to California Artists in Eligible Locations to
Develop and Present New Projects and Events

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San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

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12/15/20 12:00 PM


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Grants to California artists in eligible locations to develop and present high-quality, publicly accessible works of art throughout the local area. Funding is intended for new works in any discipline, and events must be open to the public. Artists working in folk and traditional arts are encouraged to apply. Artist projects and the majority of activities must take place in San Francisco and benefit a San Francisco audience.

Creation of work and a related public event to present work may be in-person or virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions. Applicants may use the approved funds to cover the entire project or part of a larger project. Projects may include collaborations, but the individual who applies for the grant and is approved for funding will receive the grant award.

Project Requirements:

  • New Work: The project proposal must include work made by the artist during the grant cycle. Only activities scheduled during the grant cycle are eligible for funding. 
  • Public Event: An in-person event or a virtual event open to the public and benefiting a San Francisco audience during the grant cycle is required. The artist must identify the publicly accessible in-person or virtual space in their application.

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145426

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 1, 2021 – December 31, 2022.

It is anticipated that successful proposals will be for a term of 18 months beginning in fiscal year 2021-2022 with a possible extension for up to one additional year based on extenuating circumstances as determined by the Arts Commission in consultation with the grantee.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant must be a continuous resident of San Francisco since December 2018 (two years).
- The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
- The applicant must have held two publicly accessible activities or events in San Francisco between December 2018 and December 2020. One public event can have been presented online or in a virtual platform if it took place after March 16, 2020, and the primary intended audience was San Francisco residents.
- The applicant may be in any phase of their artistic career.
- The applicant cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of the application or during the grant period
- The applicant must be willing and able to meet the requirements associated with receiving funds from the City and County of San Francisco.

For information about fiscal sponsors, see the guidelines:

Projects may include collaborations, but the individual who applies for the grant and is approved for funding will receive the grant award.

- The applicant can submit one application in this category.
- Partners and collaborators cannot apply separately for the same project.
- The applicant may not receive consecutive grants in this category. All grantees are required to sit out for one year after each cycle. Grantees must close out a grant before reapplying.

This grant is not intended to support organizations, artistic companies, or collectives.

Ineligible activities: Activities outside of San Francisco.

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Informational Workshop: October 23, 2020 at 12 p.m.
- One-on-One consultations: October 15, 2020 – December 14, 2020
- Individual Artists Work Sample Information Session: October 30, 2020 at 12 p.m.
- Application Due: December 15, 2020 at 12 p.m.
- Panel Review: February – March 2021
- Funding Recommendations: April 2021
- Commission Approval: May 2021

In an effort to lower barriers to entry and encourage a wider variety of art forms, artists will self-identify their artistic practice in the application. The Arts Commission hopes this will encourage cross-genre, traditional practice, folk art, and community-based artists to apply.

A distinct panel will review artists with five years’ experience or less as identified by the artist in an effort to enable emerging artists to be more competitive.

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

Please note: You will only be required to register as a City Supplier if you receive a grant.

Art Installation, City Permits, and Permissions:
If the project includes components that require City permits or approval such as publicly installed art, street closures, sound amplification in public space, or murals, the artist will be solely responsible for securing the necessary permits, permissions, insurance, and approvals. This planning should be reflected in the project timeline. Any art installed with these grant funds on property owned by the City and County of San Francisco or on private property such as murals, public sculpture, and similar projects, must be reviewed and approved by the San Francisco Arts Commission. This process starts with the Visual Arts Committee of the Commission. Please contact Craig Corpora for questions about murals, sculpture, or any other type of public art.

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Recording of 2020 Grantseeker Info Session for SF Artists and Arts Organizations (recorded on October 16, 2020):
(Password: 2020Grants)

Recording of 2020 Grantseeker Info Session For San Francisco Artists -Work Sample Information Session (recorded October 30, 2020)

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

If you do not have access to the internet, you may mail your application, postmarked Tuesday, December 15, 2020 and you must notify Program Officer Anne Trickey at or 415-806-5884. Mail to: 401 Van Ness Ave., Suite 325, San Francisco, CA 94102.

For any questions about San Francisco Artist grants, please contact Program Officer Anne Trickey at or 415-252-2213.

Grant Related Inquiries:

Please contact Craig Corpora at for questions about murals, sculpture, or any other type of public art.

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