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The East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts 2022 funding round is now closed.

Notifications will be shared on Wednesday, October 5, by 5 P.M.

Las solicitudes se aceptarán solo en inglés. La aplicación es breve y sencilla. Por favor, encuentre un amigo que pueda ayudarlo a traducir y enviar su solicitud antes de la fecha límite del 28 de septiembre a las 12 PM (mediodía) PT. Se ofrece asistencia limitada en español. Para más información y ayuda, contacte a grants@cciarts.org o 415.288.0530.

该基金只接受英文申请,申请快捷方便。找一位可以帮助您翻译的朋友,并在 9 月 28 日中午 12:00(中午)截止日期之前提交您的申请。

Đơn đăng ký sẽ chỉ được chấp nhận bằng tiếng Anh. Ứng dụng này rất ngắn gọn và đơn giản. Vui lòng tìm một người bạn có thể giúp bạn dịch và nộp đơn đăng ký của bạn trước hạn chót là ngày 28 tháng 9 lúc 12 giờ trưa (Trưa) theo giờ PT.

Applications will be accepted in English only. The application is brief and simple. Please find a friend who can help you translate and submit your application by the deadline of September 28, 12 p.m. (Noon) PT.


The East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts is a pooled fund led by Kenneth Rainin Foundation with support from the Hellman Foundation, Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation, Gerbode Foundation, East Bay Community Foundation, Walter & Elise Haas Fund, and San Francisco Foundation. The Fund makes available $499,896 to help the region’s artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who need financial help as a result of the COVID-19 federally recognized qualified disaster. Grants will be distributed to reflect the diversity of the East Bay—Alameda and Contra Costa Counties—including those who are of historically underserved communities and whose marginalized status have made the economic impacts of COVID-19 more difficult financially on them. 

Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 and we ask that you only apply if you have or are anticipating immediate needs. This is because we want to reserve as much of the Relief Fund as possible for those facing significant financial threats. The Fund will prioritize the financial needs of individuals who are of cultural communities that are historically underserved and are particularly financially vulnerable—Black, Indigenous, Latinx, foreign-born immigrants, trans, and people with disabilities—and distribute the funds throughout the two-county East Bay region.  


Please contact Laura Poppiti, CCI Program Director, at grants@cciarts.org if you would like to support artists with a tax-deductible contribution.


  • Must be a current, full-time resident of Alameda or Contra Costa Counties; 
  • Must be an artist, teaching artist, culture bearer, and/or nonprofit arts worker; and
  • Cannot have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationships) with the boards, staff, and directors of CCI and funders of the Relief Fund.

NOTE: Receiving funding through another CCI grant program–including past Relief Funds–does not impact your eligibility for the 2022 East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts. Therefore, as long as you meet the three criteria above, you are eligible to apply.


  • Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 9 a.m. PT: Application Opens 
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PT: Application Deadline 
  • Wednesday, October 5, 2022, by 5 p.m. PT: Notifications Made 
  • Thursday, October 6, 2022: Payment processing begins


Applications will be accepted beginning September 7 at 9 a.m. PT until September 28 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PT. Completed applications must be submitted by the deadline—no exceptions will be made. Additionally, applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s Submittable platform. All applicants MUST create an account in Submittable before they will be able to access the grant application.

NOTE: We consider financial needs to be sensitive and personal information, and therefore, we won’t release the names of grantees or applicants, but we will share data about how many applications we received and the number of applications that were funded.



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We’re here to help! If you have questions about the Fund or the application process, contact CCI at grants@cciarts.org or 415.288.0530. For Deaf applicants and those with hearing loss, contact CCI using the California Relay Service—our staff are trained in making and receiving these calls.

If you need technical assistance—such as troubleshooting a file upload or resetting your password—contact Submittable by filling out the help form at the bottom of this page. You may also reach out to CCI at grants@cciarts.org or call us at 415.288.0530.