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Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation Grant

Grants to Bay Area, California Organizations
for Fine Arts and Performing Arts Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/16/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Bay Area, California organizations that provide high-quality fine arts and performing arts projects and events in the Cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, as well as in Marin County. For the purposes of these grants, fine arts projects may include the exhibition of painting and sculpture, and performing arts may include opera, symphony, and dance.

The Foundation is most interested in supporting smaller, independent arts organizations that are presenting challenging and cutting-edge works. Only proposals for support for a specific project or program will be considered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149392

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Foundation will award grants up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will not fund multi-year requests.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will not fund organizations whose overall budget is greater than $5 million dollars. The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation will only consider proposals for support for a specific project or program. The Foundation will not consider applications for general support, operating expenses, capital expansion, endowment funds, seed grants, scholarships, awards, or research and planning.

Pre-Application Information:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the application overview.

The directors of the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation meet twice per year – once in the spring and once in the fall – to make decisions on grant proposals. The first communication should be with a letter of inquiry. The Foundation accepts LOIs during two open LOI submission periods each year. The next LOI deadline is Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Prior to each meeting, the submitted LOIs are reviewed by the directors and a select number of organizations are invited to submit a full proposal.

Funds will be disbursed within 30 days of the meeting at which a grant is approved.

If an organization receives a grant from the Foundation, it must wait three years before applying to the Foundation for another grant.

All proposals should submitted via the online application form no later than 5pm on the day of the deadline. No exceptions.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Applicants are invited to direct technical questions and feedback about the application process to Hollyann Vickers at

General Contact Information:

Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation
720 York Street, #103
San Francisco, CA 94110

Office: (415) 986-1571
Fax: (415) 986-1547

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: The Cities of San Francisco, Berkeley, and Oakland, and Marin County