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


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USA: California: San Francisco

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San Francisco Artist Grant (SFA)

San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #145426

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $20,000 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. Artist projects and the majority of activities must take place in San Francisco and benefit a San Francisco audience.

Artists may use the requested funds to cover an 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. The application should be written from the perspective of the specific artist applying and highlight their personal experience, work and role in the project.

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 Benefit: Projects funded in this category must have a demonstrated public benefit, something that is open and accessible to the general San Francisco-based public. This can be through a virtual or in person public event, or through other means as imagined and realized by the artist, which benefit the City of San Francisco, its neighborhoods and communities.

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:

- The applicant must be a continuous resident of San Francisco since November 2020. Documentation demonstrating San Francisco residency must be submitted with the application. For a complete list of acceptable forms of proof of residency, please see the San Francisco Artist Grant application instructions.
- The applicant must be at least 18 years old.
- The applicant must have a practice that provided a public benefit and was publicly accessible virtually or in person, to the City of San Francisco, its neighborhoods and communities within the last two years. Please see the instructions document for further information on the San Francisco Art Activities requirement.
- 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.
Projects working with vulnerable populations: The applicant must apply with a fiscal sponsor if the proposed project involves working with vulnerable populations who are defined as: minors under the age of 18, seniors over the age of 65 or developmentally disabled populations. If funded, the fiscal sponsor must provide sexual misconduct insurance.

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, and 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 individual 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 individual must become a registered, compliant supplier and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance requirements. For more information about supplier requirements, visit: Please note: You will only be required to register as a City Supplier and provide insurance if you are approved for funding.

For information about fiscal sponsors, see

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

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 – November 9, 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 – 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.

Panels will be multi-genre and curated by number of applications, not by content. Artists who identify as having five years’ experience or less will be reviewed by a separate panel.

City Permits and Permissions If the proposal includes components that require City permits or approval such as publicly installed art, murals, street closures or sound amplification in public space, the grantee will be solely responsible for securing the necessary permits, permissions and approvals. This planning should be reflected in the project timeline.

Please note that any art installed with these grant funds on property owned by the City and County of San Francisco or on private property, must be reviewed and approved by the San Francisco Arts Commission starting with the Visual Arts Committee. This applies to murals, public sculpture and similar projects. It will be the responsibility of the grantee to add this process into their grant plan.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place in San Francisco between July 1, 2023 through December 31, 2024.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

For any questions about San Francisco Artist Grants, please contact Program Officer Anne Trickey at or 415-806-5664.

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

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

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