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San Francisco Film Commission Film Space Grant (SFFCFS)

Grants to California Nonprofits to Promote
Film Production in Eligible Areas

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San Francisco Film Commission

Deadline Date:

06/21/21 5:00 PM Receipt or Postmarked


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Grants of up to $48,000 to California nonprofit organizations to promote film development and production activities in eligible areas. Funding is intended to provide low-cost locations for office and production needs to support the work of local filmmakers. Applicants must be based in San Francisco.

The grant program supports filmmakers who are engaged in a video, film, television, or other moving image project in any genre and in any stage of production.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181435

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Amount: Not to exceed $48,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicant's mission focuses on the development and production of film in San Francisco through support and education of individual filmmakers.
- Tax-exempt organization. All applicants must be tax exempt charitable organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the internal revenue code.
- Applicant’s headquarters and primary operations must be in San Francisco.
- The filmmakers supported by the organization must be actively engaged in a film, video, television or other moving image project in any genre and in any stage of production -- from screenwriting to strategizing the project’s exhibition, distribution and outreach plan.
- At least one of the filmmakers supported by the organization must be working on a film which will shoot 55% of its shoot days in San Francisco.
- Continuing and stable presence in the community. The organization has a continuing existence and ongoing operations.
- Applicants must demonstrate that they own or are leasing a facility suitable for ongoing use by two or more filmmakers (the "subgrantee filmmakers") for film office and film production activities (“Qualified Film Space”) and that such ownership or lease will continue for at least two years.
- While physical space is required for the grant, working remotely is acceptable, if need be, in order to comply with local or state health orders.

Operating budget eligibility: The three-year average annual operating budget (income or expense) must be at least $500,000.

Funding Restrictions:
- City-owned Cultural Centers are ineligible for Creative Space funding.
- Nonprofit organizations already leasing space from the City are not eligible to apply.
- Programs of another City agency or department are not eligible to apply.
- Applicants cannot submit more than one application per grant term.
- Applicants who receive a grant award (“Successful Applicant(s)”) must enter into a written grant agreement with the City that, in addition to the terms and conditions of such grant, requires all subgrantee filmmakers to expressly credit the San Francisco Film Commission on all film productions that used space funded in whole or in part by the grant. In addition, as a further condition of such grant, Successful Applicant(s) shall maintain their occupancy in the same Qualified Film Space facility on a continuous basis during the grant term, unless otherwise approved in writing in advance by the Executive Director of the Film Commission. The Film Commission reserves the right to immediately withdraw grant funding or terminate the grant if a Successful Applicant fails to maintain continuous occupancy in a Qualified Film Space during the term of the grant.

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: Monday, June 21, 2021 5pm (PDT)
- Award Announcement: June 28, 2021
- Grant Period: July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2023

All applications must be received by the San Francisco Film office by 5pm the day of the deadline or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by the deadline date. We do not accept postmarks from office postage meters or applications sent via e-mail or fax. Proposals sent via mail carriers other than USPS (i.e., UPS, FedEx) are subject to the in-office deadline.

Applicants cannot submit more than one application per grant term.

Contact Information:

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

Mail application packets to:

San Francisco Film Commission
City Hall, Room 473
San Francisco, CA 94102

For questions and assistance, call the San Francisco Film Commission staff at 415-554-6241 or email

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