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Donor Circle for the Arts Grant

Grants to California Artists and Nonprofits to Provide Arts
for the Underserved in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF)

Deadline Date:

09/11/18 - Visual Arts


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Grants to California emerging artists and nonprofit arts organizations for projects and activities that provide increased access to arts opportunities for the diverse cultural communities and underserved populations of Santa Clara and/or San Mateo counties.

Eligible arts disciplines include:

- Theater
- Music
- Dance
- Visual Arts
- Media (e.g. film, digital media, etc.)
- Literary Arts (e.g. spoken word, poetry, etc.)

All or portions of the organization’s mission must be to serve an underserved population (must be more substantive than simply donating tickets to underserved groups). If the organization’s main mission does not serve an underserved population, then the grant for which they apply must be designated to a specific project that does.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173162

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility criteria for arts groups requesting funding:

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists with nonprofit fiscal sponsors are eligible to apply.

Applicants must be based in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties only.

Applicants must have annual budget of $1,000,000 or less.

Applicants must fit into one of the six categories listed below. (Arts Education programs within each discipline will be considered.)

- Theater
- Music
- Dance
- Visual Arts
- Media (e.g. film, digital media, etc.)
- Literary Arts (e.g. spoken word, poetry, etc.)

Applicants must be seeking project and/or general support grants.

Organization representatives must be able to meet in person with the Donor Circle for the Arts on designated meeting date.

Pre-Application Information:

The Donor Circle is now accepting grant applications for 2017 and 2018. Applications are due six weeks prior to the meeting date for each art form (see schedule below).

Proposed Meeting Date Schedule for 2017 and 2018, subject to change:
9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

April 25, 2017 – Theater (Application due March 14, 2017)
July 25, 2017 – Music (Application due June 13, 2017)
October 24, 2017 – Dance (Application due September 12, 2017)
March 27, 2018 – Visual Arts (Application due February 13, 2018)
July 24, 2018 – Media Arts (Application due June 12, 2018)
October 23, 2018 – Literary Arts (Application due September 11, 2018)

To apply, please download the RFP and follow the application instructions.

Contact Information:

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

To apply for a grant for any of the six arts disciplines, please answer the questions in the RFP and email your application answers in the form of a Word document to

For questions, email Tobi Becerra at or call 650.450.5496.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties