Small Arts Grants Program

Grants to San Francisco Bay Area, California Nonprofits
to Present Performing Arts, Visual Arts, and Film

GrantWatch ID#: 174731
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Fleishhacker Foundation

07/15/17 11:59 PM PST

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Grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to San Francisco Bay Area, California small nonprofit arts organizations for innovative artistic presentations. Eligible artistic disciplines include dance, theater, music, visual arts, film, and interdisciplinary arts. Funding is intended to support the development and presentation of the work of living Bay Area artists.

For the purposes of these grants, the Bay Area includes San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara Counties.

Innovative new work is the priority. Applications to mount historical works by artists no longer living will not be considered, unless there is a significant new artistic voice that is shaping the project (e.g. composer, choreographer, director, or playwright).

Grants may be awarded for: artists’ fees for creative time; production costs for performances, post production costs for film projects; exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts projects; activities that contribute to overall artistic development; and efforts to strengthen an organization’s artistic impact within the community and/or an artistic discipline.

The Foundation seeks to fund a broad range of arts groups during the course of each year. It strives to make grants that represent a diversity of arts disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. The Foundation priorities grant requests which best support working artists.

The awards range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are usually between $2,000 and $5,000.

The grant period is one year from the date of Board of Directors approval.

Only nonprofit arts organizations may apply for funding; individual artists are not eligible for grants through this program.

Applicants must be:

-Arts and cultural organizations incorporated as not-for-profit 501c3;
-Organizations residing and offering programming in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties;
-Able to demonstrate a consistent artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least 3 years;
-Of annual budget size between $100,000 and $750,000;
-Filmmakers residing in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties;
-Film projects with budgets under $750,000, under fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit organization.

Additional guidelines for filmmakers:
- Applications are only accepted for the post production phase of the project (i.e. a full rough cut is complete and a sample of the current work is available).
- Filmmakers should have raised and spent at least 50% of their project budget before applying.
- Filmmakers are funded at any point in their careers, but grants are not awarded to film students.
- The annual budget requirement for Small Arts Grant organizational applicants (between $100,000 and $750,000) does not apply to filmmakers’ fiscal sponsors. However, film projects considered in this grant category must have budgets under $750,000. (Larger projects are occasionally reviewed in the Special Arts Grant program and applicants must receive advance approval to apply from the Foundation’s Executive Director).

Not eligible are:

-Programs/projects for youth training in the arts, youth ensembles and performances, exhibitions of youth artwork, and productions designed for youth;
-Artist residency programs;
-Programs/projects whose fundamental purpose or benefit falls within the social services, health, youth, or community development fields;
-Individuals (unless conducting a significant project under the sponsorship of an eligible nonprofit organization);
-Organizations and filmmakers based outside San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara counties;
-Deficit financing, fund-raising events, endowment campaigns, and capital campaigns.

There are two grant cycles each year. Online application deadlines are midnight PST on January 15 for spring decisions, and July 15 for fall decisions.

The next application deadline is July 15, 2017.

Instructions for Filmmakers:

Application Instructions:

Click on the link in the Supporting Documents section below to download the Grant Proposal Narrative.

Note: The Small Arts Grants program is designed to support a variety of organizations over time, rather than to provide annual funding for a specific group of organizations. After several years of applications, groups are encouraged to take a break for a year or two before applying again.

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

Register online to submit application materials:

Christine Elbel, Executive Director

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

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