Grant Key: Dance/Project  Education Focused  Fellowships   Professional Development  Residencies

July 2019


Arts Loan Fund - Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the release of new loan opportunities for Bay Area arts nonprofits. The Arts Loan Fund (ALF) was created by art funders to alleviate short term cash-flow issues for arts organizations. The fund has provided quick-turnaround loans for over thirty years and aids organizations in sound financial habits that advance their mission.


National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): Art Works (Application Pt. 1) - The FY 2020 Art Works program supports projects taking place beginning in 2020. These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

Part 2 of the application is due by July 23, 2019.


The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation - The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation draws inspiration from the vision of Phyllis Wattis and her legacy of support for the arts in the Bay Area. The Foundation will support both the fine arts and performing arts as well as organizations providing direct support to individual artists. The Foundation is most interested in supporting smaller, independent arts organizations that are presenting challenging and cutting-edge works. Grants are solely awarded in support of a specific project or program. The Foundation will award grants up to $50,000.

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program - Encourages the continuity of the state’s traditional arts and cultures by contracting master artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices. Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning for apprentices demonstrating a committed engagement with and talent for a specific folk & traditional art form or practice.

Alliance for California Traditional Arts Living Cultures Grant - Seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.


Fleishhacker Foundation Special Arts Grants - Special Arts Grants are awarded for timely needs of larger mid-sized organizations. Grants support special artistic projects or initiatives, artistic collaborations or commissions involving local artists, and upgrading facilities to benefit artists and audiences. Applicants for Special Arts Grants are requested to contact the foundation at least 30 days prior to its twice-annual deadlines. Grants are generally about $10,000 and usually do not exceed $25,000.

Fleishhacker Foundation Small Arts Grants - The particular emphasis of the Small Arts Grants Program is to support the development and presentation of the work of living Bay Area artists.  Innovative new work is the priority. Grants may be awarded for: artists’ fees for creative time; production costs for performances, post production costs for film projects; exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts projects; activities that contribute to overall artistic development; and efforts to strengthen an organization’s artistic impact within the community and/or an artistic discipline. The awards range from $1,000 to $10,000, and are usually between $2,000 – $5,000.


Arts Loan Fund - Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the release of new loan opportunities for Bay Area arts nonprofits. The Arts Loan Fund (ALF) was created by art funders to alleviate short term cash-flow issues for arts organizations. The fund has provided quick-turnaround loans for over thirty years and aids organizations in sound financial habits that advance their mission.

Joseph & Vera Long Foundation (Request for an Invitation / RFI) - The Foundation's mission is to support organizations involved with healthcare, education and conservation in the communities of Northern California and Hawai’i. In addition, the Foundation has a special interest in programs which benefit women, families and seniors, or contribute to the conservation of the natural environment. Preference will be given for new, innovative projects which will be completed with their contribution. RFIs submitted during this cycle must be for grants ranging between $50,000 and $200,000 only.

ODC Theater Opportunity Fund - ODC Theater has partnered with the Fleishhacker Foundation to create an eponymous opportunity fund at ODC to support self-producing performing artists through its open access rental program. The Fleishhacker Foundation has made a commitment to support the administration of subsidies to self-producing artists at ODC Theater. Three artists will be awarded a scholarship this round to self-produce/rent ODC’s B. Way Theater from March 1, 2020 – April 30, 2020. Applications will be considered and scored by a panel, and the awarded artists will receive a subsidized rental week in the theater. Awarded artists receive a subsidy covering a minimum of 50% towards space and labor expenses. Three artists will be awarded this scholarship fund.


U.S. Bancorp Foundation | Community Grant Program (LOI) w/ a focus on Home, Neighborhood Stability & Revitalization - Supports organizations that improve the educational and economic opportunities of low- and moderate-income individuals and families, and enhance the cultural and artistic life of the communities in which we live and work.  In the arts, we fund organizations and programs that: build audiences for the arts, especially among underserved populations; bring select and limited civic amenities to underserved, rural communities; and promote the arts in education.

August 2019


  California Humanities for All Project Grant - Humanities for All Project Grants ($10,000 to $20,000) will be awarded twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. Eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations and non-federal public agencies. This deadline’s grant period is from Jan. 2020 – December 2021.  Note: Awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.


Carl Gellert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation - The Carl Gelbert and Celia Berta Gellert Foundation Grants exist to promote exclusively religious, charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes restricted to local giving in the nine counties of the Greater San Francisco Bay Area (Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma).  The Foundation does NOT fund fiscally-sponsored projects.


Arts Loan Fund - Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the release of new loan opportunities for Bay Area arts nonprofits. The Arts Loan Fund (ALF) was created by art funders to alleviate short term cash-flow issues for arts organizations. The fund has provided quick-turnaround loans for over thirty years and aids organizations in sound financial habits that advance their mission.

September 2019


The Harden Foundation - Supports 501(C)(3) organizations that provide services or programs in Monterey County. The Harden Foundation does not make grants to organizations headquartered outside of Monterey County unless they demonstrate service to the area. Focus areas: Children, Youth, & Families, Senior Citizens, General, Health, Agricultural Education, Animal Welfare and Environment, and Arts & Culture. Typically, grants range from $5,000 to $100,000, and higher for major or capital projects. The Foundation will consider one grant request per organization in a calendar year. Multi-year grants will be considered only in exceptional cases.


Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Art  - Offers up to sixty juried residencies per year to working visual artists, writers, composers, and interdisciplinary artists from across the country and around the world. Residencies are available for 2 to 8 week stays. Each resident receives a $100 stipend per week, free housing, and a separate studio. The Center can house up to five artists of various disciplines at any given time.


 USArtists International - USArtists International (USAI) is a grant program that supports performances by U.S. dance, music, and theater ensembles and solo artists invited to perform at important cultural festivals and performing arts marketplaces anywhere in the world outside the United States and its territories. For projects taking place between December 15, 2019 and December 14, 2020. 


 The American Scandinavian Foundation Public Project Grants - The American-Scandinavian Foundation promotes the cultures of the Nordic countries in the United States and American culture in the Nordic countries by encouraging programs that will enhance public appreciation of culture, art, and thought. In establishing priorities, the Foundation considers the lasting benefits that may be achieved by any grant, and favors projects where its contribution will complement support from other sources. The maximum award amount is $5,000; however, average grants range between $1,000 to $2,000.


John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships - Often characterized as "mid-career" awards, the fellowships are intended for individuals who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts. The foundation understands the performing arts to be those in which an individual interprets work created by others. Accordingly, the foundation will provide fellowships to composers but not conductors, singers, or instrumentalists; choreographers but not dancers; filmmakers, playwrights, and performance artists who create their own work but not actors or theater directors.


Zellerbach Family Foundation (Community Arts Program) – The Community Arts Program provides project based support to small and mid-sized arts organizations and individual artists for the creation and presentation of new and innovative work that is representative of the diverse cultures and communities of the Bay Area.  (Also 12/20.)

Ongoing Deadlines

Arcus Foundation - supports organizations around the world working to advance social justice inclusive of sexual orientation, gender identity and race. 

Arts Loan Fund Northern California Grantmakers is pleased to announce the release of new loan opportunities for Bay Area arts nonprofits. The Arts Loan Fund (ALF) was created by art funders to alleviate short term cash-flow issues for arts organizations. ALF loans are primarily targeted towards small to mid-sized organizations but there is no budget ceiling for applicants.

Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant Program - Provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences locally and nationally, and to work with consultants and coaches to build administrative and business skills and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization or arts practice. Individual artists may receive up to $600 and arts organizations up to $1,200 ($600 per individual staff member. Up to two staff members) in professional development reimbursement funds for activities that will build administrative and business skills.  Applications due by the 15th of each month; if received after that date, it will be considered the following month. 

California Art Leaders Investments (CALI) California's emerging arts leaders have a strong commitment to both their arts career and to California. That's reassuring because the nonprofit arts field is undergoing significant leadership transition. As the leadership of the arts community transforms, we recognize that the health of the arts sector relies on having a robust pipeline of interested and skilled arts professionals ready to lead. Provides grants targeted to emerging California arts leaders with scholarships to pursue activities that will develop and enhance their professional skills. Apply online by the 15th of any month to support activities taking place 60 days or more from the application deadline. 

Google for Nonprofits - offers a suite of exclusive Google products to qualifying nonprofits. 

Eva Leah Gunther Foundation Fellowship Program – distributes awards, through appropriate, qualifying non-profit agencies to deserving girls age 11 – 18 (or eligible to attend grades six through twelve) to enable them to engage in extracurricular activities such as athletics, creative arts, and self-development.  The maximum award in this category is $2,000. 

Walter & Elise Haas Fund - the purpose of the Arts grantmaking area is to enable Bay Area residents to realize the full potential of the arts to build cross-cultural understanding and enrich individual lives.  The program's goals focus on Arts Education, Preservation of Cultural Heritage, and Cultural Commons. 

Crescent Porter Hale Foundation - supports the Bay Area through grants in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco and San Mateo communities.  Among the Foundation’s areas of concern are organizations devoted to education in the fields of art and music.  Agencies serving at-risk and minority youth, families, or the elderly are of particular interest. 

Miranda Lux Foundation - supports promising proposals for pre-school through junior college programs in the fields of pre-vocational and vocational education.  The Foundation also supports innovative academic enrichment, technology training, and performing and visual arts programs to help participants develop core job skills.  The Foundation limits its grantmaking to nonprofit organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area that serve young people ages 18 and under.

Joseph and Mercedes McMicking Foundation - funding goals are to support curriculum in K-12 schools and at the university level in the San Francisco Bay Area, and to assist major museums and cultural organizations with their educational programs for children and families in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Henry Mayo Newhall Foundation – funds nonprofit organizations in San Francisco; grants are awarded for academic and cultural enrichment programs for children and youth (e.g., math and science; fine and visual arts; performing arts; computer literacy; tutoring and mentoring). 

W.L.S. Spencer Foundation - (Invitation only) Provides grants to organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and in the United States.  Grants are made in two program areas.  Arts: We fund the educational activities, publications, and outreach associated with innovative art and/or contemporary art exhibitions, especially those focusing on contemporary Asian Art.  Education: We fund programs that are innovative and that motivate children to stay in school, do well academically, and continue their education beyond high school (to college or other higher education opportunities).

The Surdna Foundation / Thriving Cultures program – The Foundation believes that communities with robust arts and culture are more cohesive, prosperous and benefit from the rich cultural diversity of their residents. We support efforts to encourage teens to explore the arts, involve artists in community development projects and foster the growth and success of local artists as economic engines and agents for social change.

Wells Fargo - supports organizations working to strengthen our communities.  We direct our giving to areas that we believe are important to the future of our nation's vitality and success: community development, education, and human services.  We encourage non-profit organizations and educational programs to review Wells Fargo's grant guidelines for the areas we serve.

Thea Anderson Scholarship Award - The Thea Anderson Scholarship Fund was created to honor the life of Thea Anderson, daughter of Rhythm & Motion Founder Consuelo Faust and Thor Anderson. Thea was a dancer, a creative social activist, and a teacher. Each year the award will be given to a young person between the ages of 18-25 who is committed to dance and social justice. The award will subsidize technical training at the ODC School and offer mentorship with ODC Founder and Artistic Director Brenda Way and ODC School Director Kimi Okada. Dancers will submit written applications to be considered. To apply, submit a written application through the Google Form.

National Dance Project Travel Fund - National Dance Project Travel Fund provides monetary assistance for U.S. based presenters, curatorial staff, and residency directors or for current NDP artist grantees to connect in person to explore feasibility of presenting NDP-funded works. Travel supported through the NDP Travel Fund should aid tour planning for NDP funded works and build relationships between NDP artist grantees and presenters, curators, and other field professionals who can support the touring of their work in the United States.

Japanese Foundation New York (JFNY) Grant for Arts & Culture – This program provides support to non-profit organizations in the U.S. that organize projects that will further the understanding of Japanese arts and culture within the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains, plus DC. Successful projects generally take the form of performances, exhibitions, film screenings, and workshops. Grants are $5,000 max and proposals must be submitted at least 3 months prior to project start date.

*Grant Calendar Reviewed and Updated on (6/10/2019)

**This calendar is not exhaustive and details can change - please confirm details on the funders’ websites