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Special Arts Grants

Grants to San Francisco Bay Area, California Arts
Nonprofits for Programs and Facilities Upgrades

GrantWatch ID#: 174733
Agency Type:

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Fleishhacker Foundation


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Grants of up to $25,000 to San Francisco Bay Area, California nonprofit arts organizations for special projects related to facility upgrades or artistic programming. Applicants must submit an LOI well in advance of the deadline to apply. Eligible disciplines include dance theater, music, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, and film.

Funding is intended to support the timely needs of larger mid-sized arts organizations. Requests could include special artistic projects or initiatives, artistic collaborations or commissions involving local artists, and upgrading facilities to benefit artists and audiences (when not part of a large capital campaign).

Special Arts Grants are awarded based on their potential impact on the applicant organization, arts discipline, and local community. Arts organizations with annual budgets between $750,000 and $2,500,000 will be considered if their project is timely and, due to its scope, requires special grant funding.

Grants are generally about $10,000 and usually do not exceed $25,000.

These grants are not designed to be annual in nature, but rather to provide a timely infusion of funds for a specific need.

Eligible applicants are:
-Arts and cultural organizations incorporated as not-for-profit 501c3;
-Organizations residing and offering programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area;
-Able to demonstrate a consistent artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least 3 years;
-Of annual budget size between $750,000 and $2,500,000;
-Film projects with budgets between $750,000 and $2,500,000, under fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit organization.

Not eligible are:
-Programs/projects whose fundamental purpose or benefit falls within the social services, health, youth, or community development fields;
-Individuals (unless conducting a project under the sponsorship of an eligible nonprofit organization);
-Organizations based outside the greater San Francisco Bay Area;
-Deficit financing, fund-raising events, endowment campaigns, and capital campaigns.

Potential applicants must contact the Foundation’s Executive Director well in advance of the two annual application deadlines — January 15 and July 15 – to approve submission of a grant proposal. Please address inquiries to: with subject line “LOI Special Arts Grant.”

Application Instructions:

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

San Francisco Bay Area

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