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Special Project Grants (SPX)

Grants to California Nonprofits for Arts
Activities and Events in Eligible Regions

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC)

Deadline Date:

02/14/20 12:00 PM Noon PST

Description:

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Grants of up to $30,000 to California nonprofit organizations for arts activities in eligible regions. Funding is intended to address needs in the local arts community. Eligible projects include a range of activities related to arts access and community engagement. The proposed project must take place in San Francisco.

The Special Project Grants (SPX) program consists of one-time grants to address emerging needs within the arts ecosystem of San Francisco. Projects cover a wide range of arts activities related to neighborhood and/or community-based engagement and arts access. SFAC has allocated resources to make grants in multiple program areas based on supervisorial districts and/or specific communities.

Applicants may only apply for funding specific to those geographic areas or communities outlined within the guidelines.

Categories and Project Description:

Native American Film Festival: Support for an arts nonprofit with at least 40 years’ experience producing a Native American Film Festival in San Francisco.

Applicants should address the following within their proposed project:

  • Demonstrated history of successfully executing Native American film festivals for at least forty years.
  • Demonstrated history of successfully and authentically working with the local Native American community.
  • Proposed leadership conveys confidence that the activities supported through this grant will be successfully executed.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184592

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $30,000. Grant amounts may differ from the request amount due to the level of funding available to the program, demand for that funding, and/or the rank an application receives from the peer review panel.

Term of Contract:

The proposed project must take place between January 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- The applicant organization or fiscal sponsor must be tax-exempt 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 two years of programmatic activity with at least four programmatic San Francisco-based activities since November 2017.
- The applicant organization’s mission statement must be clearly focused on the development, production, and/or presentation of arts activities in San Francisco or clearly aligns with the intent and purpose of the applicable grant category.
- The applicant organization cannot be part of another City agency or department.
- Applicants must not be in default on any grants or loans from: (1) SFAC, (2) other City departments (including, without limitation, the Department of Children, Youth, and their Families; Office of Economic and Workforce Development; Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development; and 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, through either shared City resources or other pooled philanthropic funds.
- 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, you must become a registered, compliant supplier and meet the City of San Francisco's insurance and business tax requirements. For more information about supplier requirements, visit: https://sfcitypartner.sfgov.org/pages/become-a-supplier.aspx. Please note: you will only be required to register as a City Supplier if you are awarded a grant. Insurance and business tax requirements will be explained and made available upon approval of grant awards.

Restrictions:
- A proposed project cannot receive simultaneous funds from multiple SFAC funding sources; this includes collaborators applying to work on different components of the same project and applying separately.
- Applicants cannot submit more than one application for each SPX category.
- 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 for public presentations or workshops.

​Ineligible Expenses:
Grant funds may not pay for:
- Activities outside of San Francisco;
- Deficit reduction;
- Start-up money for new organizations;

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline to apply: 12 p.m. noon PST on Friday, February 14, 2020

Important Dates:
- Applications Due: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 12 p.m. Noon PST
- Panel Review: February 2020
- Funding Recommendations: April 2020
- Commission Approval: May 2020
- Grant Period Begins: July 2020

Applications must be submitted online.

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

Contact Information:

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

Apply at: https://sfac.tfaforms.net/37

For any questions about Special Project Grants, please contact Senior Program Officer, Jaren Bonillo at jaren.bonillo@sfgov.org or 415-252-2227.

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