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The Quick Grant program was launched in 2009 by a consortium of California arts funders to strengthen the work of artists and arts administrators by improving access to information and professional development resources. Since then, the program has continued to strengthen the support system for California arts and culture producers and administrators by providing professional development grants.

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.

Please note that ineligible activities are those focused on artistic development or art teaching methods/techniques. Examples of ineligible activities may include: craft technique classes; art theory/history courses; presenting projects, papers, or performances in a gallery or at a festival or conference; residencies; creating or completing an existing art project, etc. In addition, capacity building activities proposed by artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, or cultural producers to support the operations of a nonprofit organization or arts administrative role are ineligible. Likewise, organizational staff should not discuss how the proposed activity will support their individual art or cultural practice. Finally, we cannot fund activities that begin less than 30 days after the application deadline. See Quick Grant Guidelines and FAQs below for more information.


*Note: In the wake of COVID-19, we acknowledge that many activities are going virtual and likewise, artists and organization staff are going virtual as well. As a result, and until further notice, applicants outside of Los Angeles County may request to work with a technical consultant to support the acquisition of the skills necessary to bring their practice or programming online. In order for a proposed activity to be competitive, it must be made clear that the applicant will be actively engaged in enhanced learning or receiving portable skills. Examples include live webinar training, website development, SEO-optimization, and digital sale strategies. 

Activities wherein the applicant is proposing sub-contract work (e.g. hiring someone to moderate a webinar series, design a website on the applicant's behalf, or facilitate online sales) will not be competitive. In other words, proposed activities MUST have an educational benefit or result in skill acquisition.


Current Program Information:

Upcoming Application Deadline: April 15, 2021 - proposed activity eligible start date is after May 15, 2021

Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the following month's application cycle. 


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