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The Creative Work Fund

Grants to California Artists and
Nonprofits for Collaborative Art Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Creative Work Fund

Conf. Date:

11/18/20

LOI Date:

01/22/21

Deadline Date:

05/14/21 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time - Receipt

Description:

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Grants to California individual artists and nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for joint art projects. Applicants are required to submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Applications are invited from artists in all art disciplines. Eligible artists must live in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma County and have lived there for at least two years prior to submitting a letter of inquiry. Collaborating organizations also must be based in one of the 11 counties.

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds, stretching boundaries and forging new partnerships.

The Fund Seeks:

  • Projects in which the creation of an artwork is central
  • Projects in which the artist functions primarily as an artist, not as a teacher, an art therapist, or in another capacity
  • Projects in which an active, authentic working partnership between the artist or artists and the organization is central to the work’s development
  • Projects that engage the organization’s constituents in the artist’s work
  • Projects that draw upon artists’ creativity and problem-solving abilities
  • Projects through which the making of art can strengthen a community, draw attention to an important issue, or engage audiences in new ways
  • Projects that challenge artistic imagination and organizational thinking
  • Projects that will be presented in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma County
  • Projects that designate at least two-thirds of the grant funds to the principal artists and their direct expenses for creating the work.

Artists from all artistic disciplines are welcome to apply in collaboration with a nonprofit organization. Lead artists will be asked to identify primary and secondary artistic disciplines in which they have strong track records of accomplishment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166173

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$620,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from $15,000 to $45,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects are expected to be completed within two or three years, but those of longer duration will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Creative Work Fund projects feature one or more artists collaborating with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Fiscal sponsors are allowed. The Fund encourages the artists and organizations to “come together” for the sake of this collaboration: An artist should not submit a request to collaborate with an organization while serving on the organization’s staff or board of directors.

Artists and organizations should plan projects and prepare and authorize their letters of inquiry together. If a project will use a fiscal sponsor, that sponsor also must review and sign off on the letter.

The Fund Will Not Consider:
- Commissions of new works by artists in which the applicant organization and artists are not collaboratively engaged in the making of those works
- Projects in which the lead artists and collaborating organization are not based in the eligible counties or those with multiple artists, most of whom are based outside of the 10 counties
- Projects that do not feature the artist(s) centrally as demonstrated by the project descriptions and budget allocations
- Projects from lead artists or organizations that were awarded Creative Work Fund grants in 2018, 2019, or 2020
- Projects from artists or organizations that have not completed projects and final reports for previously awarded Creative Work Fund projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Creative Work Fund offers webinars for potential applicants. Applicants are not required to attend a webinar, but are encouraged to do so—especially if they are unfamiliar with the Fund

Applicant Webinar: Overview of the Creative Work Fund
- Date: October 15
- Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
- Event Category: Webinar
- https://creativeworkfund.org/event/applicant-webinar-overview-of-the-creative-work-fund

Funding for Individual Artists: Meet the Grantmakers:
- Date: October 22
- Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
- Event Category: Webinar
- https://creativeworkfund.org/event/funding-for-individual-artists-meet-the-grantmakers

Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered
- November 18
- Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
- Event Category: Webinar
- https://creativeworkfund.org/event/creative-work-fund-your-questions-answered

Pre-Application Information:

The Letter of Inquiry window opens on October 1, 2020. Letters of inquiry must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on January 22, 2021.

From among the letters of inquiry received the Creative Work Fund will invite approximately 50 collaborating artists and organizations to submit more detailed proposals and provide a summary of reader comments. The deadline for full proposals is May 14, 2021.

View the full program calendar at: https://creativeworkfund.org/calendar

Artists and organizations may submit one proposal per category per deadline and may receive no more than one Creative Work Fund grant every three years. For 2021 consideration, artists and organizations that received Creative Work Fund grants in August 2018, October 2019, and September 2020 are ineligible.

Past Creative Work Fund grant recipients also must have finished their projects and had their final reports approved before submitting new letters of inquiry.

How to Apply: https://creativeworkfund.org/how-to-apply

FAQ: https://creativeworkfund.org/faq

Contact Information:

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

To apply, see: https://creativeworkfund.org/apply
Creative Work Fund
c/o The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
One Lombard Street Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: 415-402-2793
Email: info@creativeworkfund.org

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