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Grants to California Artists and Nonprofits in Eligible Counties for Collaborative Art Projects

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

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

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The Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #166173

Grant Description

Grants to California individual artists and nonprofit organizations in eligible counties 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. Collaborating organizations must also 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.

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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.

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-Application Information:

Timeline:
- Grantseeker Registration (March - May 2022)
- Applicant Information Webinars (March - April 2022)
- Deadline for Letters of Inquiry: May 18, 2022
- Reader Review (June 2022)
- Invitations to Full Proposal: June 30, 2022
- Invitations to Apply for Application Mini-Grants: June 30, 2022
- Deadline for Application Mini-Grant Requests: July 7, 2022 - Each collaboration invited to full proposal is eligible to apply for a $1,000 mini-grant to support efforts to develop their full proposal.
- Deadline for Full Proposals: August 18, 2022
- Panel Review (September - October, 2022)
- Notification of Awardees: November 1, 2022
- Deadline for MOU & Grant Acceptance: November 30, 2022

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

FAQ: https://creativeworkfund.org/faq

Calendar: https://creativeworkfund.org/calendar

Webinars: https://creativeworkfund.org/applicant-seminars

Letter of Inquiry Instructions: https://creativeworkfund.org/letter-of-inquiry-instructions

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$650,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Grants will range from $15,000 to $45,000.
- Each collaboration invited to full proposal is eligible to apply for a $1,000 mini-grant to support efforts to develop their full proposal.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://haassr.fluxx.io/user_sessions/new

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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