Other Grants :: Board Discretionary & Emergency Relief

Periodically board members are authorized to make discretionary grants to programs of special interest. These grants are not open to application.

In 2020, as a response to the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Bay Area community, our board has approved grants to the following emergency-relief efforts for local artists, arts workers, arts groups, students, families, and others in need at this critical time.

For Artists and Arts Workers 

Bay Area Performing Arts Worker Emergency Relief Fund $47,500
Theatre Bay Area, Dancers’ Group, and InterMusic SF have partnered to form this relief fund to help performing arts workers facing a sudden loss of income due to coronavirus closures.  Grants of $500, $1,000, and $1,500 may be requested once per person per month through the duration of this crisis.  To apply to the Performing Arts Workers Relief Fund: https://www.theatrebayarea.org/page/COVID-19relief-fund

East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts $20,000
Administered by the Center for Cultural Innovation, the East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts made grants directly to East Bay artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers from historically underserved communities. Individuals were able to apply once for up to $2,000. Funds were unrestricted. The application deadline was June 5, 2020. For information about the East Bay-Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts visit: https://www.cciarts.org/EastBayOaklandRelief.htm

The Safety Net Fund$15,000
The Safety Net Fund is a fiscally sponsored project Intersection for the Arts that aims to help provide stability to performing artists, musicians, visual artists, event producers, and other creators who have recently lost their source of livelihood due to COVID-19. The maximum grant is up to $500 per person per month. To apply to the Safety Net Fund: https://www.safetynetfund.io

For Arts Organizations

Community Vision’s Rapid Response Technical Assistance: Connect with a Consultant – $20,000
Community Vision is offering assistance to non profit organizations regarding their financial or real estate challenges. By booking a free 45 minute phone call with one of Community Vision’s expert consultants, the organization will have space to share their concerns and will leave the call with actionable ways to address them. Community Vision shares strategic thought partnership, expertise, and resources to support the staff and community in navigating this challenging time. If  more than 45 minutes is needed, a mini consult to dig in deeper on the challenge the organization is facing is possible. Board members and staff leadership are encouraged to participate on these calls. To book a free 45 minute phone call with one of their expert consultants, click here: https://calendly.com/cvrrta/45min

Emergency Loan Program of Northern California Grantmakers’ Arts Loan Fund$30,000
The Emergency Loan Program of the Arts Loan Fund supports arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties. Organizations can apply for these low-interest loans to cover basic expenses such as staff salaries, artist payments, rent, and other operating costs during this challenging time. Preference is given to small and mid-sized arts and culture organizations (with budgets under $2 million). To apply for an arts loan: https://www.artsloanfund.org

For Students and Families

The Oakland Education Fund $15,000
In partnership with the Oakland Unified School District, the Oakland Education Fund has launched the COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund for Oakland Kids & Schools. This Fund is focused on feeding students and families, distance learning, and supporting vulnerable families through rapid cash assistance. For more information: https://www.oaklandedfund.org/give/covid-19/

Spark* SF Public Schools$10,000
Spark* SF Public Schools has established a COVID-Response Fund that supports technology and online infrastructure for students and teachers, and the distribution of meals to students and families in need. For more information: https://www.sparksfpublicschools.org/donate

For Others in Need

Alameda County Food Bank — $15,000
For general support to help the organization meet the increased need for food assistance in Alameda County due to the pandemic.
 
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano — $15,000
For general support to help the organization meet the increased need for food assistance in Contra Costa and Solano counties due to the pandemic.