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Grant Opportunity: Professional Development Grants for Artists and Arts Organizations in San Francisco and Los Angeles

Deadline: 15th of each month


Creative Capacity Fund


The Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grant Program provides reimbursement funds to arts administrators and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and in Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences locally and nationally, and to work with consultants and coaches in order to build administrative capacity, hone their business skills, and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization or arts practice.


Eligibility criteria for the fund, a joint effort of multiple California arts funders, varies by funder and region. Eligible grantees include current recipients of the San Francisco Arts Commission‘ s Cultural Equity grants; current recipients of operational support from the Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, excepting grantees from the Annual Festivals and Parades, Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund, and Nonrecurring Event Fund programs; current grantees of the San Francisco Foundation’s Arts and Culture Program; individual artists and arts administrators living in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties; nonprofit, tax-exempt arts organizations located in the City of San Jose and individual artists living and/or working in the City of San Jose; recipients of grants from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs within the last two calendar years (must have budgets of $500,000 or less); and creative professionals who demonstrate living and/or working relationships within City of Los Angeles.


Arts organizations may receive up to $1,000 per calendar year in professional development reimbursements for staff, board members, and key volunteers. Individual artists may receive up to $500 per calendar year in professional development reimbursements.


Applications are accepted on a monthly deadline and must be received by the 15th of the month for notification on the 15th of the following month.


Visit the Creative Capacity Fund Web site for complete program guidelines.


Link to Complete RFP

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