The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund was made possible by the direction of Mayor London Breed, SFAC, and GFTA with the City and County of San Francisco allocating $1.5 million to this grantmaking relief effort. Given how long the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic will last, the Fund welcomes additional funds to help artists and arts organizations workers. Please contact CCI, SFAC, or GFTA if you would like to help with tax-deductible support.
San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts (GFTA) have launched an emergency relief fund—the San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund—to mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that artists and small to mid-size arts and culture organizations have suffered. San Francisco’s arts and culture ecosystem is fragile, vital, and at risk—it’s necessary we respond immediately. The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund will initially provide $1.5 million in financial support to the individuals and organizations that anchor our vulnerable and vitally important cultural communities.
The Fund will prioritize the financial needs of individuals and organizations who are of and serving cultural populations that have been and remain financially vulnerable—black, indigenous, immigrant, trans, and people with disabilities. It is imperative that we do not lose their participation in shaping the County’s unique and diverse cultural identity.
Individuals (artists, teaching artists, cultural producers, etc.) may apply for up to $2,000 and use the award however they see fit. Individual applicants will be invited to participate in an artist-to-artist listserv to exchange expertise, advice, and resources as a way to foster social connections during this time of financial crisis and social isolation. Awards to organizations (501c3 nonprofits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc.) will range up to $25,000 and will be scaled based on budget size, up to $2 million. These general operating grants may be used to pay rent and salaries, to retain employees, and to help keep artists and organizations in San Francisco.
Applicants may apply as either an Individual or as an Organization; to request funds as both is not eligible.
Individuals (artists, teaching artists, cultural producers, etc.):
Organizations (501c3 nonprofits, fiscally sponsored organizations, collectives and mutual aid societies of artists, artist cooperatives, cultural land trusts, etc.):
*Organizational applicants that are using a fiscal sponsor must be based in the San Francisco Bay Area and 75% of their programming must take place in the City and County of San Francisco. This requirement refers to the applicant and not the location or activities of the fiscal sponsor.
Please review the program guidelines prior to applying.
The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund online application can be accessed at: https://ccigrants.gosmart.org/
Applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s GO Smart™ system. All new applicants MUST register for an account with the GO Smart™ system before they will be able to access the grant application.
If you have questions about the Fund or the application process, contact CCI at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 288-0530.
The San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund is made possible by the San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts.