Community Investments
We support cultural equity by investing in a vibrant arts ecosystem.

Learn more about how we support small to mid-sized arts nonprofits and individual artists through our grant programs.

Detour Dance. Photo: Kegan Marling

The San Francisco Arts Commission stewards annual grant investments through the Cultural Equity Endowment Fund, the neighborhood Cultural Centers funds and other City resources to foster the values and increase the impact of cultural equity and neighborhood arts. The Community Investments program supports San Francisco artists, arts organizations, and historically underserved communities through grants, technical assistance and capacity building, economic development, arts education initiatives and the community-based Cultural Centers.

The Arts Commission recognizes that these funding opportunities were created through decades of community activism, arts advocacy and neighborhood cultural engagement. We continue to strive toward providing equitable access to cultural resources and create more sustainable impact across the arts ecosystem.

Are you a current grantee, seeking information about how to submit documentation? Check out our information For Grantees.

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The San Francisco Arts Commission is also committed to providing access to high-quality arts experiences for San Francisco youth. Creative Youth (ACIP-CY) and Writers Corps Teaching Artist in Residence (WCTAIR) grants will not be offered in FY20-21. For questions, contact Program Officer Tina Wiley at tina.wiley@sfgov.org or 415-252-2218.

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The Cultural Centers serve the community by housing nonprofit organizations and providing low-cost arts programs, performance and exhibition space. Centers include: African American Art & Culture Complex, also home to the Queer Cultural Center; Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater; Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts; and SOMArts Cultural Center, also home to the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center.

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November 01, 2021 / 2:00 PM
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November 03, 2021 / 10:00 AM
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September 29, 2021
Grant Applications for Organizations and Individuals Now Live! The San Francisco Arts Commission grant guidelines and applications are now available along with downloadable instructions on the SFAC website. Applications deadlines are in October and November for the four grant programs listed below...
September 29, 2021
The San Francisco Arts Commission is delighted to announce that Denise Pate will be joining the San Francisco Arts Commission as the new Director of Community Investments, the agency’s grantmaking program. In this role, she will steward approximately $16 million annually in municipal funding to...
March 25, 2021
San Francisco, CA - Mayor London N. Breed today announced the launch of a new guaranteed income pilot program for San Francisco artists. As part of San Francisco's economic recovery and efforts to support the arts, the cash relief program will support artists living and working in the City of San...

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Art Vendor Resources

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SFMADE is a nonprofit focused on developing the local manufacturing sector and engaging the community with local manufacturers. They offer a “brand platform” to enable local manufacturers to better promote their wares and help consumers identify locally made products; certify that your products are made in San Francisco; provide opportunities to connect with customers through a directory and events.

The Mission Grafica program at Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts offers workshops for printmaking and screen printing as well as studio equipment rentals, all at a low cost.

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Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
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Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
/
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

November 15
/
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting