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Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible
Counties for Arts Programming

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Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

Deadline Date:

07/16/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for high-quality fine arts and performing arts projects and events that benefit local residents. Funding is intended to support programming in a range of artistic disciplines. Priority will be given to projects featuring a majority representation of Bay Area-based artists and contributors. The Foundation recognizes that many organizational staff and artists have been forced to relocate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists supported through the grant are not required to currently reside within the geographic focus areas, but they should have a demonstrated history of living and working in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco Counties.

The Foundation is most interested in supporting smaller, independent arts organizations that are presenting challenging and cutting-edge works. Grants are solely awarded in support of a specific project or program.

Grants are made in support of the following practices:

  • Visual Arts, including the exhibition of painting and sculpture
  • Performance, including opera and theater works
  • Music
  • Dance
  • Other, including festivals 

Organizational support is provided for arts organizations and intermediary programs providing support for individual artists, this can include access to financial support, professional development, networking and career advancement opportunities.​

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149392

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will be awarded between $5,000–$20,000. Project budgets must be $150,000 or below.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within one year of receiving funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

The foundation will not fund: organizations whose overall budget is greater than $2.5 million dollars, capital expansion, endowment funds, seed grants, scholarships, direct individual awards, or research and planning.

Once a grant has been awarded, recipients must complete a 12-month rest period after the completion of the project, before requesting subsequent support

Pre-Application Information:

The LOI is only accessible during the open application period, July 1- 16, 2021. Applications should be submitted by 12 p.m. PST on July 16, 2021.

November 2021: Grant decisions will be issued.

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

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If you have questions about application content such as project scope or type of request, please contact Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer, at

For technical questions related to the grants portal, please contact Hollyann Vickers, Grants Manager, at

Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94110

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