**This calendar is not exhaustive and details can change - please confirm details on the funders’ websites
◯ The Clorox Company Foundation Arts Mini Grants - The Clorox Company Foundation (TCCF) provides grants primarily in its headquarters community of Oakland, California. TCCF supports cultural initiatives, programs and projects that increase awareness of, participation in and appreciation of arts and culture. TCCF Arts Mini Grants Initiative, as part of the cultural programming focus, provides small grants to support Oakland’s nonprofit visual and performing arts community events.
⬚ California Arts Council: Individual Artists Fellowship - The Individual Artist Fellowships program intends to recognize, uplift, and celebrate California artists. Fellowships will support artists from a broad spectrum of artistic practices, backgrounds, geographies and communities, whose work addresses themes including but not limited to race, diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
This program will support artists, 18 years of age and older, at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. The grant program identifies three career tiers at which artists may benefit from this support:
◯ Native Cultures Fund Grants - Grants can be made to individuals, non-profits, Tribes, or community partnerships that reflect California Indian culture, art, values, and traditional practices. Grants support artists, culture bearers, and educators from the Tolowa/Dee-ni’ Nation peoples near the Oregon border, inland to the Paiute and Shoshone Nations along the Nevada border, and south to the Chumash peoples of the Santa Barbara area.
✧ Creative Sonoma COVID-19 Arts Relief Grants for Organizations - The COVID-19 Arts Relief Grants for Organizations (CARGO) Program has been established as a partnership between the Community Foundation Sonoma County and Creative Sonoma, to provide relief to Sonoma County creative organizations that have sustained economic losses due to COVID-19 and the resulting business and community health restrictions. The purpose of these grants is to help sustain Sonoma County’s creative organizations through this challenge in order to continue serving as a source of community cohesion and inspiration as we navigate our new, shared future. These grants will go to Sonoma County-based nonprofit arts organizations for general operating support.
◯◊✧ CA$H Dance - CA$H Dance is a granting program for artists and organizations creating work in the San Francisco Bay Area. The program seeks to support a range of artists and dance organizations that represent the many diversities of Bay Area dance (race, ethnicity, genre, age, gender, orientation, ability, experience, location). CA$H Grants for Artists and Organizations are $3,500.
NEW — The CA$H Dance grant can be used for a project, to support your artistic process generally, or to support you as an artist/organization. This is often referred to as general operating support.
⌂ DSDT Studio 210 Summer Residency - The 210 Residency is intended as a vehicle for Bay Area artists in all performance disciplines to hone their skills, experiment and dive into making performance. They offer free rehearsal space, mentorship, an artist fee and two virtual performances. Rehearsal space will be available as COVID-19 regulations allow. Due to these unusual circumstances, Residents will need to create a project that can be presented virtually. Residency: June 1st - July 31st, 2021; Performances: July 30th & 31st, 2021
⬚ Bogliasco Foundation Fellowships - Bogliasco Fellowships are awarded to gifted artists and scholars without regard to nationality, age, race, gender, or religion, working on projects of any subject area in the following disciplines: Archaeology, Architecture, Classics, Dance, Film/Video, History, Landscape Architecture, Literature, Music, Philosophy, Theater, and Visual Arts. This deadline is for Spring 2022 residency sessions.
◊ Arts Council of Monterey County: Local Emerging Artists Program (LEAP) Grants - LEAP provides a financial stipend up to $2,500 to selected artists in the early stages of their career who demonstrate that this support will make a big impact on their work and on our community. The Arts Council invites Emerging Artists to apply for this grant to develop their skills in artistic expression.
◯ National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America - Challenge America offers support primarily to small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Grants require a cost share/match of $10,000 consisting of cash and/or in-kind contributions. Total project costs must be at least $20,000 or greater. Possible projects include, but are not limited to: arts programming, including commissioning or presentation of artists or artwork; marketing and promotional activities; and organizational planning. This category is an entry point for organizations seeking Arts Endowment funding.
The due date for Part 1 (Submit to Grants.gov) is April 22, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Part 2 (Submit to Applicant Portal) is due April 27 – May 4, 2021 at 11:59 pm ET.
IMPORTANT: Registration in SAM.gov and Grants.gov can take several weeks. Finalize your Grants.gov/SAM registrations and submit early to Grants.gov to allow time to resolve any issues you might encounter during the submission process.
- SAM.gov: No later than March 30, 2021
- Grants.gov: No later than April 13, 2021
◁ Kimball Foundation - The foundation supports organizations serving the residents of San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Sonoma counties, and limited to Palo Alto in Santa Clara County. The foundation prioritizes support of organizations that encompass community service for low-income youth within the program areas of college access and persistence, workplace success, cultural enrichment, and environmental education. Check the website often as due dates can fluctuate.
✧ Artist Relief Cycle XI - Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource.
◯◊ Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win Fund (Round 1) - So Love Can Win provides grants of $10,000 to organizations, initiatives and projects in Oakland that employ the following strategies: local racial justice organizing, art and culture, healing and wellness, and journalism or narrative change. Grants may be used for organizational sustainability. Organizations must be led by Black, Indigenous, or people of color working towards freedom and justice.
Akonadi Foundation will prioritize grant support to the following:
◯ Trust for Mutual Understanding: Initial Inquiry - The Trust for Mutual Understanding awards grants to American nonprofit organizations to support professional exchanges in the arts and environmental sciences and the intersection between these two fields. Priority consideration is given to projects that involve direct, in-depth professional interaction with the potential for sustained collaboration, and/or show evidence or professional accomplishment and innovation, and/or respond to social contexts and engage local communities. The eligible granting region includes the US and TMU’s geographic region: the Baltic States; Central Asia; Central, East, Southeast Europe; Mongolia; and Russia.
✧ Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants (Cycle 7) - New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is administering a new emergency grant program. This program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in financial need. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and who have limited resources. Application opens Apr 6, 2021 for emergencies occurring Sep 1, 2020 or later.
◯ Arts Council of Monterey County: Arts & Cultural Impact Grants - Arts and Cultural Impact Grants are available to Monterey County-based nonprofit organizations and fiscally sponsored organizations seeking support for public arts and culture projects/programs. Planned project/program must be completed in Monterey County within one year of grant award. There are two cycles for this grant program – Spring and Fall – and grants are for up to $5,000.
✧ NALAC Actos de Confianza Relief Grants - In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute partners, the 2021 Actos de Confianza relief effort will expand to support Latinx artists and arts organizations who have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. NALAC will distribute $2,500 grants to Latinx artists and cultural workers and $5,000 grants to Latinx arts organizations facing critical financial emergencies. Opens April 28, 2021.
◯ Gerbode Foundation 2021 Choreography Awards - The 2021 Choreography Awards is the first round of the Special Awards in the Arts program with a $300,000 fund for the creation and production of new dance and movement-based projects by California choreographers and dance-artists. The new works will be commissioned by Bay Area nonprofit arts presenting organizations with productions between July 2022 and December 2024. Proposed commissions in all dance forms will be considered for this round. Applicants can apply for grants of $50,000 and must be nonprofit organizations based in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma counties. Before applying, all applicants are required to speak to Program Staff.
This is the first round of a three-year $900,000 initiative. This year, up to six $50,000 grants will be awarded for new dance and movement based projects. In 2022, grants will be awarded for theater projects, and in 2023, grants will be awarded for music and sound design projects.
◯◊ Center for Cultural Innovation: SCI Artist-Innovator Grant - The SCI Artist-Innovator Grant will offer 10 grants of up to $7,500, for a total of $75,000 in grants, to individual artist-entrepreneurs with spinal cord injuries who are inspired to innovate by opportunity-based entrepreneurship – in other words, by the possibilities and benefits that are offered through the experience of a creative practice and living with spinal cord injury. CCI recognizes that having an underserved perspective, living with challenging circumstances, and applying creative practice can yield important solutions for not only the innovator but for the benefit of society. This opportunity to recognize the powerful combination of SCI populations, craftsmanship and creative practice, and positive social impact is made possible by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation whose founder lived with SCI and whose legacy is as an entrepreneur.
◯ California Humanities Quick Grant - ($1,000 - $5,000) Awarded three times a year to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include virtual and in-person community dialogues, reading and film discussion groups, oral history workshops, non-fiction workshops, speaker series, and many more activities based in humanities disciplines. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Note: A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required.
✧ Zellerbach Family Foundation Community Arts COVID Response Grant - Community Arts COVID Response Grants will provide general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.
Upcoming workshop: June 3, 2021
✧ Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants (Cycle 8) - New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) in partnership with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is administering a new emergency grant program. This program is designed to serve artists in financial need who otherwise may delay critical treatment or incur substantial and perhaps overwhelming debt. The Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants program will provide one-time grants of up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies experienced by artists in financial need. The grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers currently residing in the United States, District of Columbia, or U.S. Territories and who have limited resources. Application opens June 8, 2021 for emergencies occurring Nov 1, 2020 or later.
✧ Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund - Theater Bay Area, Dancers' Group, and Intermusic SF created this fund to make sure our Bay Area arts workers have the immediate relief they need to survive this crisis. Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 because of: Cancelled performance/s, Loss of performing arts work, and/or Loss of supplemental income/job are eligible to apply.
✧ Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund - Supports BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists & arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants.
✧ Arts Loan Fund / COVID-19 Emergency Loan for Arts & Culture Nonprofits - As arts organizations face unprecedented challenges- this Emergency Loan will support 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).
✧ The Actors Fund - The Actors Fund has partnered with other entertainment industry organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to those in immediate financial need. Funds are available to union and non-union workers in entertainment and the performing arts.
◊ Center for Cultural Innovation: Quick Grant Program - Awards reimbursement funds to San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations and artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers in the state of California to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and work with consultants, coaches, and mentors in order to build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial sustainability of an organization, arts practice, or area of cultural production. Artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers may receive one annual award of up to $600 and nonprofit arts organization staff members may receive one annual award of up to $600 each (up to two individual staff members per year) in reimbursement funding to participate in approved professional development activities. Applications are due by the 15th of each month; if received after that date, it will be considered the following month.
◯ Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant - Emergency Grants further FCA's mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding and/or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. We recommend applying 6-8 weeks before your presentation date. You may not apply for a project that is more than eight weeks away, for a project that has already happened, or to request reimbursement for expenses you have already incurred.
◊ Google for Nonprofits - Offers a suite of exclusive Google products to qualifying nonprofits. https://www.google.com/nonprofits/products/apps-for-nonprofits.html
⬚ 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. http://www.evafoundation.org/fellowship-grant/
◯ Walter & Elise Haas Fund - The Fund’s arts grantmaking helps Bay Area residents to appreciate and benefit from art’s full potential to build cross-cultural understanding, explore ideas, and enrich their lives. The Fund focuses on arts education and efforts that use the arts to build resilient communities.
◁ 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 - The Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life, primarily to benefit San Francisco Bay Area residents through contributions, grants and scholarships for the education and welfare of children and their families. The Foundation has an established interest in providing grants and scholarship for the education of children of all ages and all ethnic backgrounds in the areas of:
◁ 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).
◯ 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 and take place within the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains, plus DC, regardless of the location of the applicant organizations. 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.
This grant also supports online projects related to Arts & Cultural Exchange that incorporate issues pertaining to the COVID-19 global pandemic such as virtual exhibitions, virtual performances, film streaming, online conference as well as webinar. For online projects, applications are accepted on a rolling basis and must be received by JFNY at least 1 month prior to the project start date.
◁ U.S. Bank Foundation Play Grants - Supports nonprofit organizations that provide access to artistic and cultural programming and arts education in low-income areas.
Community Affairs Managers will review Letter of Interest submissions periodically to learn about new and innovative programs and organizations in their regions and markets. After reviewing a Letter of Interest, a Community Affairs Manager may reach out with a request for a full application.
The Haven Foundation - The mission of The Haven Foundation is to offer interim financial assistance to freelance professionals in the arts who face crises because of illness, injury or mishap and need a helping hand to get back on their feet again. The Foundation defines the group as persons connected with the artistic or entertainment industries including, but not limited to authors, actors, singers, dancers, directors, producers, choreographers, musicians, artists and screenwriters selling work or services by the hour, day, job, etc. rather than working on a regular salary basis for one employer. The Foundation considers the following media categories as part of the entertainment industry: books (including audio books), movies, music, theatre, dance and television.
Note: The Haven Foundation does not give emergency grants or COVID-19 grants.