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Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG)

Grant to a San Francisco, California Arts Nonprofit
for Artistic or Organizational Legacy Planning

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San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

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03/22/19 12:00 Noon PST


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Grant of $40,000 to a San Francisco, California nonprofit arts organization for artistic or organizational legacy planning. The grant will recognize the contribution of an artistic director with over 25 years' service. Funds may be used for strategic planning, implementing retirement plans, succession or transition planning, or publications or artistic documentation reflecting the history of the organization.

The Artistic Legacy Grant (ALG) is an annual grant to acknowledge the impact of an artistic director that has served the organization consistently for 25 years or more. Through the vision of the artistic director, the awarded organization is considered to be a vital member of the respective community or communities that they serve and has a history of working to educate the broader community on the importance of their culture or artistic genre.

Grant funds can be used for general operating expenses, to support the long-term sustainability of the organization or to design a legacy strategy for the artistic director.

The recipient of the annual Artistic Legacy Grant will be recognized at the annual San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) grants convening. The awardee is required to attend the grants convening and designate a representative to work with the SFAC on the final presentation.

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GrantWatch ID#: 184376

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The Artistic Legacy Grant may be up to $40,000.

Term of Contract:

The grant is for projects taking place from July 2019 to June 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The organization must be tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) or have a fiscal sponsor that is so qualified.
- The organization (and its fiscal sponsor, if applicable) must be currently based in San Francisco and has been for the majority of their history.
- The organization’s mission statement must be clearly focused on the development, production, and/or presentation of arts activities in San Francisco.
- The organization and its artistic director must have a history of partnership spanning 25 years or more.
- The organization must have a fundamental and substantial history of working with and/or presenting ongoing activities to members of the historically marginalized community or communities identified in its proposal.
- The organization must demonstrate a continuing and stable presence in the community and must have been in existence for at least 25 years with documentation of creating and presenting original works to the public in San Francisco.

- The applicant organization cannot be part of another City agency or department.
- An organization that recognizes multiple artistic leaders may only submit one application and the grantee will be recognized with multiple recipients’ names. For example, if an organization has two artistic directors that have served for at least 25 years, they may apply. However, you cannot combine the experience of multiple artistic directors to make 25 years total.
- An organization may only be awarded an Artistic Legacy Grant once, and cannot reapply in subsequent years. If an organization has more than one artistic director, the application can include co-artistic directors but the award amount will not be increased.
- Organizations cannot submit more than one application to the Artistic Legacy Grant category each year.
- The awarding of funds does not imply that the Arts Commission or any other City agency will produce, exhibit, or present the art created. It is the responsibility of the applicant to secure a venue and any required permits and insurance for public presentations or workshops.

Grant funds may not pay for:
- Deficit reduction.
- Start-up costs/seed money for new organizations or businesses.

Full eligibility information can be seen at:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due: March 22, 2019, 12 Noon PST
- Panel Review: April 2019
- Funding Recommendations: April 2019
- Commission Approval: May 2019
- Annual Grants Meeting Presentation:September 12, 2019

Applications must be emailed. Hard copy, postal mail and faxed applications will not be accepted. In fairness to others, late or incomplete applications cannot be accepted. An application may be deemed incomplete and ineligible if the individual does not provide the complete set of information in the appropriate format by the deadline. No deadline extensions will be granted.

A translation of this grant application is available upon request; however, only applications in English will be accepted.

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 from the San Francisco Arts Commission, you must become a registered, compliant supplier (formerly called a vendor) and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance and business tax requirements. For more information about supplier requirements, visit: Please note if you are not already a City supplier, you will only be required to register if you are awarded a grant.

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

Email complete application and additional attachments in a single PDF only to

If you have any questions about the application, please contact Program Officer Debbie Ng at or 415-252-2216.

401 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 325
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 252-2255

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USA: California: San Francisco