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and Cultural Activities in Eligible Regions


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Alameda County Arts Commission

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02/08/22 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $2,500 to California nonprofit organizations for arts and cultural activities in eligible regions. Funding may be used for programs in a wide range of art forms, including dance, media arts, visual arts, traditional arts and crafts, music, literature, and theater, as well as multidisciplinary programs. Activities must take place 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 the offerings of high quality arts programs;
  • Advance arts organizations of all sizes with an emphasis on small and mid-budget sized organizations;
  • Promote arts organizations with unique and innovative programs;
  • Encourage arts organizations in communities that have relatively few established arts programs;
  • Promote participation in arts activities by Alameda County's diverse community;
  • Encourage Alameda County organizations that provide arts programming as the total focus of the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 150717

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

The grant period for the 2022 ARTSFUND grant funding cycle is the 24-month period from July 1, 2022 (first allowable event date) to June 30, 2024. Grant award funds are anticipated to be disbursed by June 30, 2022, and may be used over the course of the full 24-month grant period.

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 (main address can be a PO Box located in Alameda County).
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, 2021, 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, 2022 to June 30, 2024, 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. Attendance, participation and engagement may be through in-person, online and/or virtual formats.
8. Applicant did not receive a grant award in the most recent grant cycle which was the 2021 ARTSFUND grant program (disbursed in June 2021). See 2021 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 using a fiscal sponsor. It is required that the fiscal sponsor is a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) and that both the applicant organization and the fiscal sponsor are formal organizations with elected boards of directors that hold regular meetings. An organization with the sole function of being a fiscal sponsor is not required to be located in Alameda County.

For information about ineligible uses of funding, see the following link:

Pre-proposal Conference:

ARTSFUND Grant Program Application Workshops
Attend a free webinar to learn more about the Grant Program and how to submit an application.
No RSVP is required. All three workshops will have the same content.
Tues., Nov. 16 at 1:00 - 2:30 pm
Fri., Dec. 10 at 3:00 - 4:30pmpm
Thurs., Jan. 6 at 10:00 - 11:30am

Zoom Meeting Link for all ARTSFUND Workshops
Meeting ID: 884 2041 2553
Passcode: 869758
Phone: 1-669-900-6833 US (San Jose)

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must apply online by the deadline of Tuesday, February 8, 2022 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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