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Grants to San Francisco, California Arts Organizations to
Support and Encourage Arts Performances and Celebrations

GrantWatch ID#: 182347
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Grants for the Arts (GFTA)

11/13/17

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Grants to San Francisco, California arts organizations to support the creation of new works of art and performances, and annual festivals that celebrate the community's diverse cultural history. New applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

The Arts category includes the following disciplines: Dance, Literary Arts, Media, Multi-Arts, Music, Theater and Visual Arts. The Parades category includes annual festivals that celebrate the City’s diverse cultural history.

GFTA strives to be a stable, dependable resource for organizations who successfully meet its funding criteria, and is committed to supporting the full spectrum of arts organizations in San Francisco.

Applicants are not restricted in the amounts they request. Most organizations request a reasonable increase from the previous year’s award.

Arts organizations must:

- Have as a primary purpose the public performance or display of art works. The applicant’s mission must be clearly focused on developing, producing, and/or presenting arts activities in San Francisco. In rare cases, GFTA may fund significant programs or activities within a larger institution when that program or activity meets the same primary purpose guidelines as grantee organizations.
- Have a 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. (In some cases, it may be acceptable to apply using a valid fiscal sponsor.)
- Not be the primary responsibility of a government agency.
- Be governed by a legally constituted, fiscally responsible board of directors.
- Be based in and be identified with the City and County of San Francisco for at least three full years at the time of application. The organization must be housed in San Francisco with its corporate address in the City.
- Produce an annual dependable San Francisco season of activities, for the general public, including visitors. This annual season should include at least one self- or co-produced San Francisco activity.
- Plan and publicize public programming to attract visitors to San Francisco.
- Reach an audience appropriate to the activity, and produce accurate records of patronage.
- Produce consistently professional quality work.
- Be in good standing on previous and/or current GFTA grants and with other City departments.

Applicants must also demonstrate financial health, evidenced by:

- Receiving outside sources of funding.
- Managing a budget size and percentage of earned revenue appropriate to the activity.
- Maintaining a minimum 3 year budget average of at least $35,000.
- Not carrying an unreasonable accumulated debt.
- Not being overly dependent on any one source of contributed income.

Applicants must demonstrate sound administration and fiscal management by:

- Creating an organizational structure (staff, volunteers, artists, board) appropriate to the size and nature of the organization.
- Having an active board of directors/advisory board.
- Having a reasonable plan to retire debt—if applicable.

Annual celebrations and parades must:

- Have a valid 501(c)(3) nonprofit status or use a fiscal sponsor. (In rare cases, it may be acceptable to apply using a valid San Francisco fiscal sponsor.)
- Not be the primary responsibility of a government agency.
- Be governed by a legally constituted, fiscally responsible board of directors and have an active advisory board or working committee which takes programmatic responsibility for the event.
- Broadly celebrate and preserve the cultural identity and/or traditional activities of the City’s various populations, not a specific independence day, national commemoration day, specific neighborhood or City district.
- Have a significant performance or art component.
- Reside in and be identified with the City and County of San Francisco. The organization must be housed in San Francisco with its corporate address in the City.
- Be supported by and have active participation from a substantial segment of the community.
- Professionally produce a high-quality San Francisco event for at least three years at the time of the application deadline.
- Plan and publicize public programming to attract visitors to San Francisco.
- Reach an audience appropriate to the activity and produce accurate records of patronage.
- Produce consistently professional quality work.
- Be in good standing on previous and/or current GFTA grants and with other City departments.

Applicants must also demonstrate financial health, evidenced by:

- Receiving outside sources of funding.
- Managing a budget size and percentage of earned revenue appropriate to the activity.
- Maintaining a minimum 3 year budget average of at least $35,000.
- Not carrying an unreasonable accumulated debt.
- Not being overly dependent on any one source of contributed income.

Applicants must demonstrate sound administration and fiscal management by:

- Creating an organizational structure (staff, volunteers, artists, board) appropriate to the size and nature of the organization.
- Having an active board of directors/advisory board.
- Having a reasonable plan to retire debt—if applicable.

In general, GFTA does not fund:

- Education and training activities, or performing activities for/by students.
- Organizations whose primary purpose is to provide space, technical assistance or support services to the arts.
- Start-up money for a program not yet established.
- Deficit reduction.
- One-time only projects or special events.
- Individual artists.
- Activities not available to the general public.
- Activities taking place outside the City and County of San Francisco.
- Meals, lodging or transportation.
- Benefits, fundraisers, or national day celebrations.
- Film/video production.

New applicants are strongly encouraged to inform Grants for the Arts staff of upcoming performances and exhibitions. No new applicant will be considered for funding unless it has received a site visit from staff or a designated representative.

Program FAQs: http://sfgfta.org/program-information/faqs/

Application FAQs: http://sfgfta.org/applications/faqs/

Guidelines: http://sfgfta.org/program-information/funding-guidelines/

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

Apply online: https://sf.culturegrants.org/

Grants for the Arts
401 Van Ness Avenue
Suite 321
San Francisco, CA 94102

415.554.6710
gfta@sfgov.org

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