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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations for Arts Activities and Programs

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Alameda County Arts Commission

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03/31/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations to support and promote arts programming and activities. Funding may be used for programmatic, operating, and administrative expenses. The grant program supports art forms in many disciplines, including dance, literature, media arts, music, theater, visual arts, traditional arts and crafts, and multidisciplinary arts. Eligible applicants are located in Alameda County.

The ARTSFUND Grants Program supports arts activities in Alameda County provided by Alameda County nonprofit organizations. With a focus on Alameda County organizations, the goals of the Program are to:

  • Promote the development of Alameda County as a center for all art forms and creative expression;
  • Increase high-quality arts programs;
  • Advance arts organizations of all sizes with an emphasis on small and mid-sized organizations;
  • Promote arts organizations with unique and innovative programs;
  • Encourage arts organizations in communities that have relatively few established arts programs;
  • Encourage the range of diverse community members of Alameda County to participate in all aspects of arts activities;
  • Promote Alameda County organizations that provide arts programming as a primary focus of the organization and/or organizations that provide arts programming as an essential and indispensable aspect of the organization. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 150717

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards between $1,000 - $2,500 or more

Term of Contract:

Applicants must plan to provide consistent in-person, online, and/or virtual arts programs during the ARTSFUND grant period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply and receive an ARTSFUND grant:
1. Be governed by a board of directors; board must include at least three persons who conduct meetings on a regular schedule such as monthly or quarterly.
2. Be headquartered in Alameda County with a physical location (Headquarters cannot be a PO Box).
3. Offer arts programming as a regular, on-going part of organization’s activities. Arts programming must be the primary focus of the organization or the arts programs must be an essential and indispensable aspect of the organization’s programs.
4. If programs, performances, or services are exclusively within a single facility, that facility must be in Alameda County. Information on the physical location of the facility must be included in application.
5. Have provided consistent in-person, online and/or virtual arts programs during the most recent calendar year, January 1 to December 31, 2020, with the intended majority of participants being Alameda County community members.
6. Plan to provide consistent in-person, online and/or virtual arts programs during the ARTSFUND grant period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023, with the intended majority of participants being Alameda County community members.
7. All programs or projects funded with ARTSFUND grant funds must be available and open to the public
through attendance or participation through in-person, online information and/or virtual programs.
8. Applicant did not receive a 2020 ARTSFUND grant (dispersed in June 2020). See 2020 Grant Recipients list within Guidelines.

Applicants must meet one of the following criteria:
1. 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) with the applicant organization’s location within Alameda County and with information regarding Federal incorporated status with effective date of exemption established for at least one year prior to due date of the ARTSFUND application; community colleges with 501(c)(3) status are not eligible; or
2. If not a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4), an organization may be eligible to apply with a fiscal sponsor, using the Fiscal Sponsor Form (download from online application), providing that the applicant organization meets all of the criteria in Eligibility Requirements (above) AND the Fiscal Sponsor is a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) and, providing that both the applicant organization and the sponsor organization are formal organizations with elected boards of directors that hold regular meetings.

For ineligible applicants, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

For more information about the ARTSFUND Grant Program and how to submit an application, applicants may attend a free webinar on Thursday, February 11 at 6:30 pm or Friday, March 5 at 10:00 am.

Thursday, February 11, 2021:
Click on this link to join the virtual webinar:
Meeting ID: 942 4444 5271 Passcode: 930773
Dial-In Phone Number: 1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose)

Friday, March 5:
Click on this link to join the virtual webinar:
Meeting ID: 965 3133 2227 Passcode: 616427
Dial-In Phone Number: 1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose)

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must apply online by the deadline of Wednesday, March 31 at 5:00 pm.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Applicants who have questions or need assistance with the application can contact the Arts Commission Director, Rachel Osajima via email or (510) 271-5162, (510) 208-9646.

Alameda County Arts Commission
1106 Madison Street, Suite 336
Oakland, CA 94607

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