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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Application Deadline
December 15, 2020 / 12:00 PM
December 07, 2020 / 2:00 PM
Virtual Meeting
December 08, 2020 / 1:00 PM
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January 04, 2021 / 2:00 PM
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February 01, 2021 / 2:00 PM
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November 06, 2020
The San Francisco Arts Commission is very pleased to announce that Ralph Remington has been appointed as the new Director of Cultural Affairs. Remington will bring decades of leadership experience in the arts and a focus on equity, diversity and inclusion to the San Francisco Arts Commission. He...
October 16, 2020
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 November and December for the seven grant programs listed...
October 05, 2020
Upcoming Grantseeker Information Sessions Join a webinar to learn more about all of the SFAC’s FY 2021-23 grants and get tips for a strong application! RSVP below for our general and category-specific webinars! For SAN FRANCISCO Artists & arTs Organizations - All Grant Categories October 16,...

Grant Resources

Art Vendor Resources

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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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Organizations based anywhere outside of San Francisco are ineligible to apply for San Francisco Arts Commission grants.
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No. SFAC grant funding is for San Francisco-based artists and organizations only. You must have proof of a San Francisco corporate address if you are a 501(c)3, proof of continuous residency since 2013 if you are an individual artist, and/or you must have a fiscal sponsor that is based in San Francisco. Any organizations based outside of San Francisco, whether you have an SF-based fiscal sponsor or not, are ineligible to apply.
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For organizations, you can attach either your IRS Tax Determination Letter, utility or cable bill, lease or contract, mortgage statement, business license, or preprinted financial statement. For individual artists, you can attach any of the aforementioned items that would be applicable.
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Please review our Grantees page to find out everything you need to know about what is required after you've been awarded a grant.

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The Arts Commission only issues Art Vendor licenses for individuals selling their own handmade crafts.

For performances on the street, please contact the Entertainment Commission.

If you would like to be licensed for Fisherman's Wharf or another waterfront area, please contact the Port.

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Schedule a 15-minute one-on-one phone call with a program officer to discuss a question you have about the grant category or application process before you submit. Program officers will not read grants, but can help guide you through your decision making about how to make your application more effective.

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We found time limits to be very confusing for applicants so we have no time limits for work samples. You can submit a video of any length, but please direct panelists to where you want them to start and end. For instance, if you submit a 30-minute dance performance, please direct them to the most impactful part of the performance and/or the section that best demonstrates your ability to complete the proposed project.

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If you are uploading work samples, there is a size limit of 30 MB per response.

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Yes, IAC can support the first and/or any stage of a bigger project. That said, the grant only supports activities that take place during the grant window. Make sure the grant plan activities listed in your application take place between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

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Yes, artists who have been funded for a project in the past can apply for the next stage of development on the same project. Be sure to include specific information about the stage for which you are requesting funds. How is it different? What do you plan to accomplish during the grant window?

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Yes, you will have to wait to reapply until your medium is being offered again (every other year) in order to continue work on the same project. Additionally, any grantee with an open grant is ineligible to apply for a new grant in the same category. That said, multi-disciplinary projects with multiple collaborators could possibly apply for funding with a different lead artist and a different art form. If you think your project might be eligible, review the guidelines and contact staff for a one-on-one appointment.

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IAC grants fund an individual artist. Artists who do collaborative work or work in a group may apply, but the application should highlight the individual seeking the funding. It should include their work samples and describe the work they will be doing. The grant itself will be awarded to one individual, and not a group or collective. If the artist is using a fiscal sponsor, the fiscal sponsor will be the grantee, with one individual listed as the subgrantee.

Organization Project Grants (OPG) support small and mid-sized arts organizations in the production and presentation of artistic works, accessible to the general public in San Francisco. Funding requests may be up to $20,000 to support arts organizations in visual art, literary art, media, theater, music, and dance.

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Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners (Cancelled)

January 05
/
1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting