Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

The Creative Work Fund

Grants to California Artists and
Nonprofits for Collaborative Art Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

The Creative Work Fund

Conf. Date:


LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

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


Request a Grant Writer

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:


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

Funding for Individual Artists: Meet the Grantmakers:
- Date: October 22
- Time: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
- Event Category: Webinar

Creative Work Fund: Your Questions Answered
- November 18
- Time: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
- Event Category: Webinar

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:

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:


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:
Creative Work Fund
c/o The Walter and Elise Haas Fund
One Lombard Street Suite 305
San Francisco, CA 94111
Tel: 415-402-2793

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, and Sonoma County

Suggested Grants:

Fundraising and Publicity Opportunity for USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits for Cult...

Deadline Ongoing

Fundraising opportunity for USA, Canada, and International nonprofit organizations to host a jazz concert held in honor of their organization or cause. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to applying. In addition to funds raised through concert ticket sales

GrantWatch ID#: 123735

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Address the Climate Crisis and Reduce Inequality

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to reduce social inequality and promote solutions to the climate crisis. Eligible programs will address the areas of racial and economic justice, corporate and political accountability; voice, creativity, and culture; and an inclusi

GrantWatch ID#: 123756

Grants to USA Nonprofits to Protect Natural Resources

Deadline Ongoing

Grants to USA nonprofit organizations to protect natural resources on land and water in locations around the world. Funding is intended to ensure that activities to acquire metals, gemstones, and corals for design use do not have an adverse impact on the area of origin.

GrantWatch ID#: 126162

Grants and In-Kind Support to California Groups, Individuals, and Nonprofits for Early Child...

Deadline 01/27/21

Grants of up to $500 and in-kind donations to California groups, individuals, and organizations for activities that promote the healthy development of young children in eligible regions. In addition to covering the event costs, applicants may request book donations. Eve

GrantWatch ID#: 127003

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Independent Filmmakers for Feature-Length Films

Deadline 02/08/21

Grants to USA, Canada, and International independent filmmakers for feature-length film projects. Funding is intended to support projects at any production phase from development through post-production. Priority will be given to applications from early career and emerg

GrantWatch ID#: 127055

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Locations for Programs that Benefit...

Deadline 02/16/21

Grants to California nonprofit organizations and local government agencies in eligible locations for projects that benefit local residents. Funding is intended for programs that provide services to community residents or for activities that specifically benefit underser

GrantWatch ID#: 127379

Grants to California Nonprofits, Organizations, and Individuals to Promote Recycling and Was...

Deadline 03/05/21

Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies, schools, and individuals for projects in eligible regions that promote recycling and waste prevention. Priority will be given to projects that address the culture of waste prevention and recycling in schools

GrantWatch ID#: 127688

Grants to USA National Nonprofits for Arts Education Services for Youth and Children

Deadline 03/16/21 Conference Date: 02/01/21 LOI Date: 02/16/21

Grants to USA national nonprofits to provide high-quality arts education services and projects for youth and children. Applicants are advised to create or verify the required registrations well in advance of the deadline date, and are requested to submit a letter of int

GrantWatch ID#: 129255

Grants to Canada and USA Eligible Medical Residents to Improve the Health and Well-Being of ...

Deadline 01/27/21

Grants of up to $2,000 to Canada, USA, and Territories eligible medical residents for projects to improve children's health and well-being. Funding is intended to meet the health needs of children with a broad-based community approach. Projects must be led by a pediatri

GrantWatch ID#: 129263

Grants to USA and Canada Nonprofits for Projects to Protect Wildlife and Natural Habitats

Deadline 05/01/21

Grants of up to $3,000 to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations for projects to protect wildlife and natural habitats. Funding is intended for campaigns to save specific species and ecosystems. Eligible activities include public policy work, litigation, advocacy, and d

GrantWatch ID#: 129644