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 Senior Program Officer Jaren Bonillo at jaren.bonillo@sfgov.org or 415-252-2227.

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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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July 11, 2022 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
August 01, 2022 / 2:00 PM
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August 16, 2022 / 1:00 PM
Virtual Meeting
September 12, 2022 / 2:00 PM
Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
October 03, 2022 / 2:00 PM
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June 01, 2022
Upcoming Grant Information Sessions Join an information session to learn more about all of the SFAC’s 2023-24 grants and get tips for a strong application! All sessions are virtual, not held in person. See below for the unique link to each session. Can't make it to an info session? Recordings and...
March 01, 2022
The San Francisco Arts Commission is delighted to announce that Coma Te has joined the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) as the new Director of Communications and will lead the agency’s external affairs and media relations. He brings with him over ten years of communications, public relations...
November 04, 2021
Grant review panel scores are posted ten business days after the panel date. All applicants are notified of their panel review dates via email. The general public can find panel review dates by searching the SFAC calendar here: https://www.sfartscommission.org/calendar Funding recommendations are...

Grant Resources

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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What's Coming Up

Public Meeting

Visual Arts Committee Meeting

July 20
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3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

July 18
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2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting
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Full Arts Commission Meeting

July 11
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2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Hybrid: City Hall | Rm 416 and Online
Public Meeting

Civic Design Review Committee Meeting

July 18
/
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Virtual Meeting