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Grants to California Nonprofits for Arts Projects in Eligible Regions

Special Arts Grants


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Funding Source
Fleishhacker Foundation
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 06/01/23
Deadline: 07/15/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations for arts projects in eligible regions. Applicants must submit a Letter of Inquiry prior to applying. Funding is intended for projects that benefit the local arts community in the disciplines of music, theater, dance, visual arts, media arts, and interdisciplinary arts. Applicants must serve the San Francisco Bay Area, including San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and Santa Clara are considered.

The Foundation strives to make grants that advance a diverse array of artistic disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. The Foundation prioritizes grant requests that best support working artists and place particular emphasis on funding organizations that represent and engage marginalized artists and communities.

Applicants that meet the eligibility criteria may request funding for either general support or for special projects that strategically advance their organization, artists, or art form.

General support grants are flexible and may be used for operations, staffing, facilities, reopening costs after COVID closures, health and safety compliance, artists’ compensation, rehearsals, performances, presentations, exhibitions, and other administrative, program, or production costs at the grantee’s discretion. Alternatively, project support may be requested for special artistic initiatives, artistic collaborations, or commissions involving Bay Area artists working in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, or media arts. Project support may also be requested for upgrading facilities to benefit artists and audiences, when not part of a larger capital campaign.

Finally, post-production support for film projects directed by Bay Area filmmakers with budgets between $750,000 and $2,500,000 will also be considered in this program, if applying with an eligible fiscal sponsor or nonprofit production company. 


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must be:

- Arts and culture organizations incorporated as 501(c)(3) nonprofits.

- Located and primarily offering programming in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, and/or Santa Clara counties.

- Engaged in the production and presentation of new work by Bay Area artists in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, or film.

- Providers of additional benefits to the local arts community, such as rehearsal, performance, or exhibition space; technical assistance, fiscal sponsorship, or other support; or special expertise working with a particular art form, cultural practice, or under-represented community.

- Able to demonstrate a consistent artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least three years.

- An organization that evidences strong support from the community and its Board of Directors.

- Applicants may also be film projects directed by Bay Area filmmakers, with budgets between $750,000 and $2,500,000, if applying with an eligible fiscal sponsor or nonprofit production company.

Not eligible are:

- Organizations or projects whose primary purpose is youth training in the arts, youth ensembles and performances, exhibitions of youth artwork, and productions designed for youth.

- Organizations or projects whose primary purpose is to present historical works by artists no longer living.

- Organizations or projects whose fundamental purpose or benefit falls within the social services, health, youth, or community development fields.

- Fiscally sponsored projects and individual artists, except eligible filmmakers.

Filmmakers are funded at any point in their careers, but grants are not awarded to film students.

Applicants for Special Arts Grants must receive advance approval from the Foundation’s Executive Director to apply.

Filmmakers may only apply once for any given film project, and only if they have already secured a fiscal sponsor or are applying with a nonprofit production company.

If applying with a fiscal sponsor, the mission of sponsoring organization must correlate with that of the film project. A letter from the fiscal sponsor detailing the terms of the organization’s support and their agreement with the artist must be included with the grant application. The sponsoring organization’s annual budget must be greater than $100,000, but there is no upper limit on its size.

Other fiscally sponsored projects and individual artists are not eligible for this grant program.

Pre-Application Information
There are two review cycles each year: spring and fall. Application deadlines are January 15 for spring decisions and July 15 for fall decisions.

The deadline for Letters of Inquiry to the Special Arts Grants program for the spring 2023 review cycle is December 1. Proposals are due by January 15, 2023.

Potential applicants must, however, contact the Foundation’s Executive Director at least six weeks in advance of the two annual application deadlines to approve the submission of a full grant proposal. (Generally, December 1 for the spring review cycle and June 1 for the fall review cycle).

All applicants will receive written confirmation of receipt of their proposal. Funding decisions for the spring cycle will be communicated in May, and decisions for the fall cycle will be communicated in November.

Filmmakers should have raised and spent at least 50% of their project budget before applying.

Estimated Size of Grant
Special Arts Grants are generally about $10,000 and usually do not exceed $20,000.

Term of Contract
Grants are awarded for a one-year grant period, with spring grants awarded in May and fall grants awarded in November. Projects proposed for the spring 2023 cycle must therefore be completed by April 15, 2024.

Contact Information
For the online application, see:

To submit a Letter of Inquiry, please send an email to: with subject line “Special Arts Grant: LOI.”

Fleishhacker Foundation
1016 Lincoln Blvd. #12
San Francisco, CA 94129


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