Small Arts Grants :: Overview
The majority of the Foundation’s arts grantmaking takes place through this program. Organizations residing and offering programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000, are eligible. Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 are made to support a range of artistic efforts within the following disciplines: dance, film and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater, and visual arts. Grants are typically for: artists’ fees for creative time, production costs performances, exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts, post production costs for films, and projects which aid an arts organization’s overall artistic development. The Foundation is open to funding what others may not, or coming in at the early stages of a program or project when funding is harder to secure. Organizations may not apply more than once a year. Deadlines for grant proposals are January 15 for spring decisions, and July 15 for fall decisions. Detailed application guidelines and forms can be found on this website.
Arts Loan Fund
The Arts Loan Fund (ALF) is a collaborative program of the members of Northern California Grantmakers, a regional association of grantmakers. It provides quick-turnaround, low-cost financial assistance to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, San Mateo, Solano and Sonoma counties, and individual artists located in the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. For 35 years, the ALF has helped small and mid-sized arts organizations address their cash flow needs. It’s a useful tool, particularly for those that don’t have access to commercial loans or can’t afford their high interest rates. It offers a number of loans and has staff available to help applicants complete their materials. More information can be found at http://www.artsloanfund.org.
Hewlett Foundation New Arts Funding Initiative
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation recently announced a new five-year, $8 million addition to its grantmaking in support of the performing arts. In celebration of the foundation’s fiftieth anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions will enable San Francisco Bay Area nonprofits to work with exceptional artists from around the world to create and premiere new works of performing arts in local communities.
This year’s awards will support music composition, with future years focused on other disciplines: theater, dance, folk and traditional arts, and film and media. Organizations do not need to be arts producers or presenters, and nonprofits working on diverse issues are eligible to receive grants. Applications are due by April 14. Full details are online at www.hewlett.org/50Commissions.