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Individual Artist Commission (IAC) Grant

Grants to San Francisco, California Artists
for Dance, Music, and Theater Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

11/13/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to San Francisco, California individual artists to develop and present high-quality, publicly accessible works of art throughout the city. Funding is intended for new works in the dance, music, and theater disciplines, and events must be open to the public. Artists working in folk and traditional arts are encouraged to apply.

Applicants may use the funds to cover the entire project or for part of a larger project. While documentation, archiving, or journalism can be part of a project, the purpose of the grant is for artists to make their own work. Projects may include working with partners but the individual who applies for the grant and 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 window. Only activities scheduled during the grant period are eligible for funding. 
  • Public Event: An event open to the public that takes place in San Francisco during the grant window is required.
  • Venue Confirmation Form: Applicants must include a signed venue confirmation form from a publicly accessible San Francisco venue for the project.
  • Fiscal Sponsor: If the applicant is using a fiscal sponsor, a signed letter of agreement is required at the time of application submission. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 145426

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant period is July 2020 - June 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant must be a continuous resident of San Francisco since November 2017 (2 years).
- The applicant must be 18 years old
- The applicant must have held two publicly accessible activity or events in San Francisco that span from November 2017 to the grant deadline
- The applicant may be in any phase of their artistic career, including emerging, midcareer, and established artists.
- The applicant cannot be enrolled as a full-time student at the time of the application or during the grant period
- If the applicant is an employee of the City and County of San Francisco or plans to be employed any time during the grant window, they cannot receive funds directly and must have a SF-based fiscal sponsor who is supplier-compliant.
- The applicant must not be in default on any grants or loans from: (1) San Francisco arts Commission, (2) other City departments (including, without limitation, 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.

- The applicant cannot apply and receive funding for the same project in two different categories
- The applicant can submit one application in this category
- The applicant may not receive consecutive grants in this category. All grantees are required to sit out for one year after each cycle.

Ineligible activities:
- Projects outside of San Francisco
- Projects for which the main intent is curation, archiving, or journalism.

Pre-proposal Conference:

IAC Information Session
October 5, 2019, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
San Francisco Arts Commission
401 Van Ness, Suite 125
San Francisco, CA

Other Information Sessions:

Bayview Library
September 17, 2019, 6:00 PM

Grants Webinar
September 18, 2019, 4:00 PM

Mission Cultural Center for Latina Arts
September 23, 2019, 7:00 PM

Bindlestiff Studio
September 24, 2019, 6:00 PM

African American Art & Culture Complex
September 25, 2019, 12:30 PM

Contemporary Jewish Museum
September 26, 2019, 6:00 PM

Additional information:

Pre-Application Information:

The applications deadline is November 13, 2019, by 12:00 PM noon PST. The submission link is forthcoming.

- Community Grants Investment Webinar: September 18, 2019, 4:00 PM
- IAC Technical Assistance Workshop: October 5, 2019, 11:00 AM
- Applications due: November 13, 2019, 12 PM
- Panel Review: February 2020
- Funding Recommendations: April 2020
- Commission Approval: May 2020
- Grant Period: July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Contact Information:

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

Anne Trickey, Program Officer

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345
San Francisco, CA 94102

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