Artist Grants

We are always looking to partner with refugee and immigrant artists! If you are interested in applying for grants with ARTogether for a particular project, or need fiscal sponsorship, please reach out to Here are some grants you can apply for on your own or with us: 

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. Funds must be used for programs that are nonsectarian.

Eligibility: Applicants must currently be in good standing with the IRS.
Amount: $1,000
Deadline: October 1, 2020 (also January 1, April 1, July 1) 

The Clorox Company Foundation: Regular 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. Funds must be used for programs that are nonsectarian.

Eligibility: Applicants must currently be in good standing with the IRS.
Deadline: October 1, 2020 (also January 1, April 1, July 1) 

Alliance for California Traditional Arts: Apprenticeship Program

The Apprenticeship Program encourages the continuity of the state’s thriving traditional arts and cultures by contracting mentor artists to offer intensive, one-on-one training to qualified apprentices.

Each $3,000 contract will support a period of concentrated learning, from 6 months to a year, for apprentices who demonstrate a committed engagement with, and a talent for, a specific traditional art form or cultural practice. The 2019 Apprenticeship Program cohort of 34 artists (17 pairs) represents California’s breadth of cultural diversity and intergenerational learning.

Eligibility: Master artist and apprentice must apply together and be California residents. (Guidelines are posted here.)
Amount: $3,000
Deadline: October 19, 2020 

Artadia Awards

Artadia is a national non-profit organization that identifies innovative visual artists and supports them with unrestricted financial awards and connections to a network of opportunities.The Artadia Awards provide exposure, financial support, and critical validation to visual artists.

Eligibility: The artist must have lived and worked in LA, NY, Chicago, SF, Atlanta or Houston for at least two years, and not be enrolled in an art-related degree program or long-term residency.
Amount: $10,000
Deadline (for SF): July 15, 2021

California Humanities: CDP NextGen Grants

CDP NextGen invites applications from California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies with track records in youth media programming to provide training and support to emerging media-makers in the creation of short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts that tell original stories about life in California today.

California Humanities is particularly interested in projects that actively support young Californians, 18 years and under, in thinking critically about media messages. Competitive proposals will also encourage reflection and deepened understanding of subjects and issues relevant to participants’ lives and communities.

Eligibility: California-based non-profit organizations with tax-exempt status or state/municipal public agencies.
Amount: Up to $15,000
Deadline: TBA

Center for Cultural Innovation: Investing in Artists

The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to support diverse working artists in the Bay Area in the performing arts and media arts, which includes the disciplines of dance, music, musical theatre, opera, theatre, video, film, and animation, to name a few. As such, applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing arts and media arts are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility: Bay Area artists above 18 years of age.
Amount: Up to $7,500
Deadline: TBA

Center for Cultural Innovation: CALI Accelerator 

The CALI Accelerator program will award grants of up to $1,000 to emerging arts professionals affiliated with a nonprofit arts organization. Priority will be given to those whose perspectives are not well represented by the conventional arts and culture field. Grants are awarded on a monthly basis throughout the year. 

Eligibility: Current California residents who have worked for fewer than 10 consecutive years in the arts field. Guidelines are here
Amount: Up to $1,000
Deadline: 15th of Every Month 

Creative Capital supports innovative and adventurous artists across the country through funding, counsel, and career development services. They help artists working in all creative disciplines to realize their visions and build sustainable practices. Creative Capital provides each funded project with up to $50,000 in direct funding and career development services valued at more than $50,000, for a total commitment of over $100,000 per project.

Eligibility: Applicants must be 25 or older, with at least 5 years of professional experience as a working artist. Must be US citizens, permanent legal residents, or an O-1 Visa holders.
Amount: Up to $100,000
Deadline: February 2021 (Likely Date)

Dancers’ Group: Fall CA$H Dance Grant

CA$H Dance is a granting program for individual dance artists and dance organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area. CA$H was designed in 1999 by artists, for artists. The program seeks to support artistic projects that represent the many diversities of the Bay Area dance community.

Eligibility: Bay Area residents over 18. Organizations must have a minimum 2 year history.
Amount: $3,500
Deadline: Fall 2020 (Likely Date)

East Bay Community Foundation: East Bay Fund for Artists

For organizations or individual applicants. EBCF’s East Bay Fund for Artists Initiative will be awarding grants for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Awardees must secure matching donations totaling at least 50% of the award amount by April the following year, and must hold a public presentation of their work within a year of securing the match funding.

Eligibility: Applicants must live in Alameda or Contra Costa County.
Amount: $1,000 – $16,000
Deadline: TBA

Foundation for Contemporary Arts: Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund

Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists anywhere in the US who have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding, or who incur unexpected or un-budgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates. 

Eligibility: Artists living in the US with a US Tax ID number.
Amount: $500 – $2,500
Deadline: Ongoing (Closes November 30, 2020)

Hero Initiative, Helping Comic Creators in Need

An applicant must have been a working comic book writer, penciler, inker, colorist, or letterer on a work-for-hire basis for no less than 10 years since January 1, 1934. An applicant must demonstrate to the Hero Disbursement Committee adequate evidence of financial need via verbal and written documentation.

Eligibility: Comic book writers, pencilers, inkers, colorists, or letterers working on a work-for-hire basis. Must have over 10 years of professional experience. 

Amount: varies

MAPFUND grants

MAP invests in artistic production as the critical foundation of imagining and ultimately co-creating a more equitable and vibrant society. The grant supports artists’ and organizations’ original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy across the United States.
Funded projects address these concerns through the processes of creating and distributing live performance to the public, and/or through the content and themes of the work itself.

Eligibility: The proposed project must include the creation, development, and/or the initial presentation of a new, live performance. Artists must work with a nonprofit organization to receive and distribute MAP funds to artists who do not have their own 501(c)(3). See full eligibility here.

Amount: around $10,000 – $45,000 (25% – 30% of proposed project costs)
December 2020

Musical Grant Program 

The MGP grant is open to performers, composers, and presenters with projects focused on early music, classical music, new music and/or jazz. Projects can include the commissioning of new works. Grants are awarded to support the creative musical activity of San Francisco Bay Area performers, composers and presenters whose projects focus specifically on music for the small ensemble. The MGP raises the profile of local artists and creates opportunities for audiences to experience the rich diversity of music in the Bay Area.

Eligibility: Bay area musicians. 

Amount: up to $3,000 – $4,000
March 15, 2020

The NALAC Fund for the Arts

The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States. There are three grants available for artists: the NFA Artist/Ensemble Grant, Adán Medrano Legacy Award in Film, San Antonio Artist Grant, Puerto Rico Artist Grant, NALAC Pod Grant and Catalyst for Change Award.

Eligibility: U.S. or Puerto Rico based Latinx artists in any artistic discipline working individually or as part of an ensemble, arts collective or community based arts and culture group.

Amounts: between $5,000 and $25,000
September, 2020

National Endowment Endowment of the Arts: ART WORKS: Folk and Traditional Arts

The Folk and Traditional Arts grant supports artists working on projects, arts education, or arts research. Folk and traditional arts include, but are not limited to music, dance, crafts and oral expression. 

Eligibility: Nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3), U.S. organizations; units of state or local government; or federally recognized tribal communities or tribes may apply. Full guidelines are here.

Amount: varies
Deadlines: rolling

National YoungArts Foundation, National Arts Competition

For young artists working in the disciplines of classical music, dance, design arts, film, jazz, photography, theatre, visual arts, voice and writing. Win a cash award of up to $10,000, take master classes from accomplished artists, become a U.S. presidential scholar in the arts, receive a lifetime of professional support.

Eligibility: US citizens or permanent resident/green card recipients. Be in grades 10 to 12 or between 15 to 18 years old.

Amount: up to $10,000
June 1 to October 8, 2020

Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Legacy Grants & New Works Grants

The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation will support both the fine arts and performing arts as well as organizations providing direct support to individual artists. The primary areas of focus are:

  • Visual Arts, including the exhibition of painting and sculpture

  • Performance, including opera and theater works

  • Music

  • Dance

  • Other, including film, arts festivals, and intermediary programs providing support for individual artists

The Foundation is most interested in supporting smaller, independent arts organizations that are presenting challenging and cutting-edge works. Grants are solely awarded in support of a specific project or program.

Eligibility: Organizations and artists that work in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco counties. Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization.

Amount: up to $50,000
Legacy Proposals accepted:
March 2 – March 20, 2020
New Works Letters of Inquiry accepted:
July 6 – August 7, 2020

Recharge Foundation Fellowship For New Surrealist Art

The $5,000 award was created for painters living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style.
The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) created the Recharge Foundation Fellowship for New Surrealist Art, a $5,000 award for painters living in the United States and U.S. Territories who are working in the New Surrealist style, in 2019.

Eligibility: Applicants must be working in the New Surrealist style. 

Amount: $5,000
applications open late April, 2020

San Francisco Arts Commision, Individual Artist Commission

Individual Artist Commission grants fund San Francisco based artists working in the genres of dance, music and theatre. Grant funds support artistic commissions throughout the city’s neighborhoods. The funded event is required to be open to the public. The purpose of the grant is for artists to make their own work.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been SF residents for at least 2 years, and must have held x2 publicly accessible events in SF during this time. Full-time students cannot apply.

Amount: up to $20,00
November 2020

Trevor Coopersmith Urban Arts Scholarship

The Urban Arts Scholarship provides young people with an interest in the arts and community driven goals with a small grant to help kickstart their artistic journey. 

Eligibility: Students who wish to have a career in the arts. 

Amount: $350

USArtists International

USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.
USAI provides grants of up to $15,000 towards support of artist fees, travel, accommodations, per diem, shipping and visa preparation.

Eligibility: Applicants must be dance, music or theater ensembles or individual professional artists. 

Amount: up to $15,000
rolling, next April 1, 2020