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Small Arts Grants Program

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for General Operating Support

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Fleishhacker Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California small nonprofit arts organizations in eligible areas for operating support to offset financial difficulties experienced due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended for a wide range of arts groups and work. Applicants must be located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the local arts community, the Small Arts Grants program is accepting applications for general operating support during the spring 2021 review cycle. In addition, post-production support for film projects directed by Bay Area filmmakers with budgets under $750,000 will be considered in this program, if applying with an eligible fiscal sponsor or nonprofit production company. All other project-specific support, however, is suspended for this cycle.

The Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of arts groups that produce and/or present innovative new work by Bay Area artists. It strives to make grants that support a diverse array of artistic disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. The Foundation prioritizes grant requests that best support working artists and place particular emphasis on funding groups that represent and engage marginalized artists and communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174731

Estimated Size of Grant:

Small Arts Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are usually between $2,000 and $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be:
- An arts and culture organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or an arts group or filmmaker applying under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
- Engaged in the production and/or presentation of new work by Bay Area artists in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, or film.
- Located and primarily offering programming in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, or Santa Clara counties.
- Able to demonstrate an artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least three years.
- Of an annual budget size between $100,000 and $750,000 (or under the fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit organization with an annual budget greater than $100,000).
- An organization that evidences strong support from the community and its Board of Directors.

Individual artists are not eligible for grants through this program.

Not eligible are:
- Organizations and groups whose primary mission is youth training in the arts, youth ensembles and performances, exhibitions of youth artwork, and productions designed for youth.
- Organizations and groups whose fundamental purpose or benefit is primarily social services, health, youth, or community development fields.

Pre-Application Information:

There are two review cycles each year: spring and fall. Application deadlines are January 15 for spring decisions and July 15 for fall decisions.

The deadline for proposals for the spring 2021 review cycle is January 15, 2021 for a decision in early May 2021.

Application guidelines for the fall 2021 review cycle will be available in spring 2021.

Organizations may not apply more than once a year, except fiscal sponsors representing multiple groups.

How to Apply:

Instructions for Fiscally Sponsored Organizations:

Instructions for Filmmakers:

Contact Information:

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

Register and apply online:

David Blazevich, Executive Director

Fleishhacker Foundation
1016 Lincoln Blvd. #12
San Francisco, CA 94129

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco Bay Area


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