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Performing Arts Acquisition Fund: Program Guidelines
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Performing Arts Acquisition Fund

Program Guidelines
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Community Vision announces the availability of space acquisition grants for organizations that practice and perform artistic and cultural forms of creative activity, expression, preservation, and healing, reflective of the communities they serve.

Grants from the Performing Arts Acquisition Fund will fund up to 40% of the purchase price for properties located in one of the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano or Sonoma.

The Performing Arts Acquisition Fund is administered by Community Vision and funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program.

Grant funds are intended to support organizations that meet the missions of the Hewlett Foundation’s Performing Arts Program and Community Vision, and that meaningfully engage in the artistic and cultural vibrancy of communities throughout the Bay Area but operate on the fringes of existing arts infrastructure and face a high degree of constraints that limit the ability to generate capital.



Phase One

Organizations that have recently purchased or that plan to purchase a property soon are invited to submit a Letter of Interest (LOI) no more than two pages long by Friday, July 2, 2021. Community Vision, in partnership with Facilities, Arts and Communities Experts (FACE), will review LOIs and invite program-aligned projects to complete a full application in Phase Two of the application process. These invitations will be issued the week of August 9th, and full applications will be due Friday October 1, 2021 at 12pm PST. The FACE group along with Community Vision will use the below review criteria to guide final decisions about which organizations are invited to complete a full application.

About the Facilities, Arts, and Communities Experts Panel

The Facilities, Arts and Communities Experts (FACE) group is the panel of local experts who are experienced arts, culture, and community development leaders that will assist Community Vision with making funding recommendations. Panelists bring unique geographic and industry perspectives, and are deeply-rooted members of their communities. Read panelist bios here.

Review Criteria

How to Submit a Letter of Interest

Submit your LOI here. Letters of Interest must be received by 12 pm PST on Friday, July 2, 2021 to be considered. The online application system will close automatically after the deadline, and no late submissions will be accepted. See the LOI Guiding Prompts here.

Phase Two

Organizations invited to submit full applications will be asked to provide additional information. See our FAQs for more information about the required information.

The FACE group and Community Vision will use the above review criteria to guide final decisions about which organizations are awarded a grant from the Performing Arts Acquisition Fund. Awards will be announced in late November.

Phase Three

Grants must be disbursed by July 31, 2022 and will be wired directly into escrow, after due diligence on the property has been successfully completed. In order to ensure the space is owned and used entirely as a community arts space for up to 20 years, a deed of trust (DOT) will be recorded and held as a lien on the property. Community Vision will have approval rights for any leases executed with tenants during this period. Compliance will be determined by Community Vision, at its discretion, and will include an annual reporting requirement with basic information. Remedies for non-compliance will be determined by Community Vision with the understanding that recovery of the grant is a potential remedy. Performing Arts Acquisition Fund grantees are ineligible to simultaneously receive funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for the same project. Faith-based organizations may be eligible if they can demonstrate that they welcome and serve all members of the community regardless of religious belief.


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