Arts and Artist Grants

Updated October 11, 2020

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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.

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

Oakland CARES Fund for Artists and Arts Nonprofits

The City of Oakland’s CARES Arts Fund is distributing $1,425,000 in the form of grants up to $3,000 for individual artists, and grants up to $20,000 for small arts nonprofits based on budget size. This is a reimbursement-based fund to mitigate COVID-19 related financial impacts suffered by individual artist and small nonprofit arts and culture organizations who are the backbone of the City’s diversity and vibrancy of cultural identity and expression.

Eligibility: Oakland-based artists who make at least 50% of their income through their art.
Location: Oakland, CA
Amount: Up to $3,000
Deadline: October 23, 2020

San Francisco Arts Commision: Special Project Grants

The Special Project Grants (SPX) program consists of one-time grants to address emerging needs within the arts ecosystem of San Francisco. Projects cover a wide range of arts activities related to neighborhood and/or community-based engagement and arts access. The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) has allocated resources to make grants in multiple program areas based on supervisorial districts and/or specific communities.

Eligibility: Applicants must have been SF residents for at least 2 years, and must have held 2 publicly accessible events in SF during this time. Full-time students cannot apply.
Location: San Francisco, CA
Amount: $5,000 – $85,000
Deadline: October 30, 2020

East Bay Fund for Artists

The East Bay Community Foundation’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: East Bay Artist Projects
Location: East Bay (Alameda & Contra Costa Counties)
Amount: $1,000 – $16,000
Deadline: November 9, 2020

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.

Eligibility: Oakland-Based Artist Projects
Location: Oakland, CA
Deadline: January 1, 2021 (also April 1, July 1, and October 1)

Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds, stretching boundaries and forging new partnerships.

Eligibility: Artists must apply with a collaborating non-profit organization.
Location: Bay Area, Santa Cruz & Monterey Counties
Amount: $15,000 – $45,000
Deadline: January 22, 2021

National Endowment for the Arts: Grants for Arts Projects

Through project-based funding, the NEA supports public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Eligibility: Artists must apply with a collaborating non-profit organization.
Location: United States
 $10,000 – $100,000
Deadline: February 2021 (TBA)

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.
Location: United States
Up to $15,000
March 31, 2021

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. Award is offered in San Francisco, as well as in LA, NY, Chicago, Atlanta and Houston.

Eligibility: Artists who have lived and worked in SF for at least 2 years, and are not enrolled in an art-related degree program or long-term residency.
Location: San Francisco, CA (and other US cities)
Amount: $10,000
Deadline: July 15, 2021 (for SF)

Center for Cultural Innovation: Quick Grant

The Quick Grant program awards reimbursement funds to San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations and artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers in the state of California to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and work with consultants, coaches, and mentors in order to build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial sustainability of an organization, arts practice, or area of cultural production.

Eligibility: Artists & Cultural Practitioners
Location: California
Amount: $600
Deadline: 15th of Every Month