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Performing Arts Grant

Grants to San Francisco Area, California Nonprofits for Community
Engagement and K-12 Education Related to the Performing Arts

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William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

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Grants to San Francisco area, California nonprofit organizations for programs that encourage engagement and safeguard continuity in the performing arts. Funding is intended for K-12 arts education and for performing arts programming throughout the Bay Area. Eligible counties are: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

To help support the diverse region, the Foundation is particularly interested in receiving letters of inquiry from:
- Organizations serving historically underserved communities such as rural communities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ communities, low-income people, or communities of color.
- Community-based organizations that are deeply rooted in, reflective of, and governed by a specific and self-determining community. These communities may be defined by a shared identity, culture, and/or geography. Community-based organizations create and support artistic programs that emerge from their communities and contribute to larger social and civic goals.
- Community-based organizations with a mission that includes the arts or a professionally managed multidisciplinary arts programs with a budget over $100,000 are eligible to apply.
- Organizations or programs that are located in and serving central and eastern Alameda and Contra Costa counties, inland Monterey and Santa Cruz counties, and San Mateo and Solano counties.

Foundation Strategies
Arts Education:
The Hewlett Foundation seeks to provide equal access for California students to engage in the arts at every level, from introductory programs to professional training.
- Program delivery
Increase the number of California students learning about the arts. The Foundation aims to fund the most effective arts education programs in school, after school, and out of school.
- Policy and advocacy
Encourage public investment at the state and local levels to promote arts education. The Foundation makes grants to organizations that raise awareness among parents and educators, develops research to inform policymakers, and helps set priorities and standards for arts education in schools.
- Pre-professional training
Provide exceptionally talented young people opportunities to receive world-class training and flourish. The foundation supports pre-professional training organizations that prepare future artists in a variety of disciplines and nurture the next generation to contribute to the Bay Area’s vibrant artistic community.

Continuity and Engagement:
The Foundation's continuity and engagement grantmaking embraces a wide range of disciplines, aesthetics, and traditions in the areas of dance, media, music and theater that engage people across different communities to participate in the arts.
- Traditional works
Support organizations that seek to produce, present and preserve exceptional works from a variety of artistic traditions, and ensure opportunities for participation that reflect the demographic diversity of the Bay Area.
- Innovative works
Encourage innovation in the performing arts by promoting the development of new cultural expressions, creation of new works, and integration of technology and media to expand and redefine the experiences of artists and audiences.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182415

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation accepts letters of inquiry from organizations or programs that meet all of the following criteria:
- Nonprofit arts organizations with a mission dedicated to the performing arts or other types of nonprofit organizations with a professionally managed performing arts program. (Note: For organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, the Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry from groups that have an established relationship with a fiscal sponsor.)
- Organizations or programs with three years of producing or programming history.
- Organizations or programs with annual budget income and expenses of $100,000 or more (average over the past three years).

Organizations or programs that are currently receiving a grant through the Performing Arts Program should not submit a letter of inquiry.

The Foundation does not accept letters of inquiry for the following:
- Arts education projects from schools, districts, county departments of education, education foundations, and parent-teacher associations.
- Building construction, capital campaigns, or endowments.
- Expenses or debt that has already been incurred.
- Government agencies or departments.
- Individuals, including individual artists.
- Humanities, literary/poetry, or history programs.
- One-time or intermittent events such as conferences, festivals, field-trips, parades, or school assemblies.
- Scholarships or staff training.
- Technology projects.
- Touring or travel expenses.

Pre-Application Information:

Submission deadlines for letters of inquiry for 2018 are March 1, June 1, September 1, and December 1.

An automated email acknowledging receipt of the letter of inquiry will be sent within 48 hours.

Applicants typically receive notification of the foundation's decision by email within six weeks of their submission deadline. Competitive applicants are asked to submit additional information. Applicants that are not recommended for further review may be eligible to submit a letter of inquiry again in twelve months.


Contact Information:

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

Submit Letter of Inquiry:

If an email acknowledging receipt of the letter of inquiry is not received, please email:
Aleina Hammonds

For general inquiries:
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
2121 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 234-4500

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: San Francisco Bay Area: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma Counties