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Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG)

Grant to a California Nonprofit to Recognize
the Accomplishments of Artistic Directors

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San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

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Deadline Date:

10/19/21 12:00 PM PST


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Grant of up to $40,000 to a California nonprofit arts organization in eligible locations to recognize the accomplishments of an outgoing artistic director. Eligible uses of funds include smoothing the transition of organizational leadership, strategic planning, implementing retirement plans, and creating artistic documentation or publications reflecting the history of the organization. Projects must take place in San Francisco.

The Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG) acknowledges the impact of an artistic leader who has served a San Francisco-based organization consistently for 25 years or more. An artistic leader may be an individual that conceives, develops and implements the artistic vision of an organization. This may include artistic directors, chief artistic officers, program directors, executive directors or curators.

Through the vision of the artistic leader, the applicant organization is a vital member of their respective community(ies) and has a history of working to educate the broader community on the importance of their culture and/or artistic genre.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184376

Estimated Size of Grant:

The anticipated grant request amount for an Artist Legacy Grant is $40,000 based on current budget availability.

Term of Contract:

A grant funded pursuant to these guidelines will have a grant term of one year, from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant organization or fiscal sponsor must be tax-exempt and in good standing under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3).
- The applicant organization (and its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must be San Francisco-based, and must demonstrate a history of consistent programmatic history and public benefit to the City of San Francisco, its neighborhoods and communities over the last two years.
- The applicant organization’s mission statement must be clearly focused on the development, production, and/or presentation of arts activities and/or youth arts activities in San Francisco.
- The applicant cannot be part of another City agency or department.
- The organization’s annual operating revenue must not exceed $1,500,000.
- Fiscal sponsors: Organizations that exceed the $1,500,000 income cap due to regranting and/or non-arts related emergency COVID response funding must verify their operational budget without pass-through funds at the time of application. Applicants must upload audited financials from the most recently completed fiscal year demonstrating the dollar amount of pass-through funds.
- Applicants must not be in default on any grants or loans from: (1) SFAC; (2) other City departments (including but not limited to the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development, Grants for the Arts); (3) Northern California Grantmakers Arts Loan Fund; (4) Community Vision Capital and Consulting; (5) Community Arts Stabilization Trust; and/or (6) the Center for Cultural Innovation. This default clause was expanded due to the fact that SFAC has fiduciary relationships with these particular organizations.
- The organization must be willing and able to meet the requirements associated with receiving funds from the City and County of San Francisco. In order to receive a grant payment from the San Francisco Arts Commission, the organization must become a registered, compliant supplier and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance and business tax requirements.

Priority funding goes to artists that are deeply rooted in and reflective of communities listed in the Arts Commission’s 1993 Cultural Equity Endowment Legislation and informed by current best practices in racial equity. These communities include: African and African American; Latinx; Asian and Asian American; Arab; Native American; Pacific Islander; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer; Transgender and Gender Variant People; People with Disabilities; and Women.

For further information on fiscal sponsors, see

Grant funds may not pay for:
1. Activities outside of San Francisco;
2. Deficit reduction;
3. Start-up money for new organizations;
4. Planning and development of space

Pre-proposal Conference:

Several optional information sessions will be held online.

- Grantseeker Information Session: October 1, 2021 at 1 p.m.
Password: FY22Grant

- San Francisco Arts Organizations Information Session: October 6, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Password: FY22SFOrgs

- Fiscally Sponsored Artists, Organizations & Fiscal Sponsors Information Session: October 8, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Password: FY22Sponsors

- Application Work Sample Information Session: October 13, 2021 at 4 p.m.
Password: FY22Samples

Pre-Application Information:

Important Dates:
- Grantseeker Information Session: October 1, 2021 at 1 p.m.
- San Francisco Arts Organizations Information Session: October 6, 2021 at 12 p.m.
- Fiscally Sponsored Artists, Organizations & Fiscal Sponsors Information Session: October 8, 2021 at 12 p.m.
- Application Work Sample Information Session: October 13, 2021 at 4 p.m.
- One-on-One Consultations: October 4 – October 18, 2021
- Application Deadline: October 19, 2021 at 12 p.m.
- Grant Panel Review: February – March 2022
- Funding Recommendations: April 2022
- Commission Approval: May 2022
- Notification of Funding: May 2022
- Grant Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023

The recipient of the Artistic Legacy Grant is recognized by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The awardee is required to attend any public presentation and designate a representative to work with the SFAC on the announcement and/or presentation.

Applicants approved for funding will be required to register as a City Supplier.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For any questions about the Artistic Legacy Grant, contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at or 415-252-2216.

401 Van Ness Ave., Suite 325
San Francisco, CA 94102

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