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Alternative Exposure Grant Program - Round 15

Grants to California Artists and Artist Groups in Eligible
Counties for Community Arts Events and Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Southern Exposure (SoEx)

Conf. Date:

09/03/21

Deadline Date:

09/13/21 11:59 PM PST

Description:

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Grants of up to $5,000 to California individual artists and artist groups in eligible counties for visual arts projects. Funding is intended to promote the creation and presentation of artist-led projects and activities that are accessible and open to the public. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to exhibitions, public art projects, events, performances, publications, film series, interactive websites, archives, and publications. The lead organizer must live in one of the following counties: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Napa, Marin, or Sonoma. The resulting project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the San Francisco Bay Area.

Alternative Exposure grants fund a wide range of projects and activities led by self-organized artists and small groups in the San Francisco Bay Area. Previously funded projects have included a new exhibition or exhibition series, the ongoing work of an arts venue or collective, a public art project, a one-time event or performance, publications directly related to the visual arts, an online project, an artist residency, a series of film screenings, and more. In general, Alternative Exposure seeks to foster the development and presentation of artist-led projects that provide opportunities for San Francisco Bay Area artists and include programs that are accessible and open to the public.

Alternative Exposure grants may fund general operating costs associated with the launch of new arts spaces and projects as well as provide general operating support for ongoing programs and arts venues in the San Francisco Bay Area that are not 501c3’s or established commercial galleries. Examples of applicable support may include: rent, utilities, transportation costs, artist and designer fees, administrative fees, supplies, equipment, etc.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161200

Number of Grants:

For this round, the Fund anticipates awarding 12-15 projects.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Alternative Exposure will support projects at levels ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2023. For projects or programs that are a part of existing venues or larger projects, the work supported by Alternative Exposure should be completed by this date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Both individuals and groups are eligible to apply. If applying as a group, the artistic group or venue can be either long-standing or formed specifically for this opportunity.

Eligibility:
- The lead organizer must live in San Francisco, Contra Costa or Alameda counties. For collectives, some collaborators may live outside of these counties, but the majority of collaborators in must live in an eligible county.
- Resulting project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the San Francisco Bay Area.
- 501c3 non-profit organizations are not eligible to apply.
- Projects may not be a part of the primary programming of an established arts organization. Funded projects should otherwise fall outside of other funding opportunities
- Applicants that have received Alternative Exposure grants from Rounds 1-11 (2007-2017) are eligible to apply again as lead organizers if the first project was successfully completed, and the final report was submitted to Southern Exposure.
- Grantees from Rounds 12, or 13 (2018-2019) are NOT eligible to apply again as lead organizers in Round 15. However, former grantees (both lead organizers and additional collaborators) from all previous rounds (including Round 14 Emergency Grants in 2020) may participate in Round 15 applications for new, unrelated projects as collaborators.

Alternative Exposure does not support:
- Work that is not based in, or strongly related to, the visual arts.
- An individual artist seeking support to make their own work.
- Individual artists whose work includes groups of people in its creation, but whose finished work is solely considered that of the individual artist’s, not the collaborative group as a whole.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2021 Information Sessions:
Southern Exposure will host three free information sessions to provide more details on the application process, questions of eligibility, appropriate uses of grant funds and more. While attending an info session is encouraged, attendance is NOT required to apply for the Alternative Exposure grant.

Friday, August 13, 2021
- Virtual Info Session via Zoom
- 5:30 - 7:00 PM
- RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIpc-Gvqj0rHNJ8gLYKt3Jl7zx5w_xC2wpn

Saturday, August 28, 2021
- In-person with Spanish Interpretation
- 3:00 – 5:00 PM
- At Southern Exposure: 3030 20th Street @Alabama
- RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/alternative-exposure-info-session-2-tickets-166227852983

Friday, September 3, 2021
- Virtual Q&A Session via Zoom
- 5:30 - 7:00 PM
- RSVP at https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJMlcOGsqDgvH9b-J1vUjsRV9joZFEGNFP7-

More information:
https://www.soex.org/alternative-exposure/information-sessions

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Application Deadline: Monday, September 13, 2021, 11:59 PM PST
- Grantee Notification: Friday, October 29, 2021

Your application must be completed via electronic submission. Paper applications are not accepted.

To submit Print materials (e.g. brochures, publications, books, etc.): Scan and submit as PDFs when appropriate. For print materials that cannot be submitted digitally, please clearly label the package with the lead applicant’s name and the project title, and mail or deliver in person by 5:00 PM on Friday, September 3, 2021 (receipt deadline, not a postmark deadline).

Southern Exposure’s review process will take 6-8 weeks.

Additional information: https://www.soex.org/alternative-exposure

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:
https://soex.submittable.com/submit/2b3b9156-ab63-470f-bcba-593b7e3d66f7/alternative-exposure-round-15-2021

Mail printed materials included in the application to:
Attn: Alternative Exposure
Southern Exposure
3030 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

Direct questions to:
alternativeexposure@soex.org

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