Community Arts Program

Application Guidelines

ZFF accepts applications only for its Community Arts Project grants and Letters of Inquiry for Community Arts Stability, Collaboration and Training grants. All other grants are made by invitation. For more information on ZFF’s other program areas, please click here.

Program Description

The Community Arts Project grants provide project-based support to individual artists and small to mid-sized arts organizations in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, working in the fields of dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts and festivals.

Applicants interested in Community Arts grants outside of Project-based funding may apply for Stability, Collaboration and Training grants. Stability grants are made to support organizational stability (not to provide support for a specific project). Collaboration grants are made to support artistic or administrative collaboration projects between two or more organizations/artists. Training grants are made to support training opportunities for artists and organizations in the arts and culture field in the Bay Area.

Project Grant Eligibility

The Community Arts Project grants provide project-based support to individual artists and small to mid-sized arts organizations in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, working in the fields of dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts and festivals.

  • Project grants are made to nonprofit organizations or to artists and organizations applying with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor
  • Applicants must be individual artists or arts organizations primarily operating in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • Projects must be in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts and festivals
  • Projects must have a live, artistic public event or presentation of the work created for the proposed project
  • Project events must take place within six months of the award notification date
  • Applicants may request up to $10,000
  • Artists and organizations (excluding fiscal sponsors representing multiple organizations) may apply for one Project grant with one project per submission cycle
  • Applicants may submit multiple times throughout the year but are only eligible to receive Project-based funding once per calendar year
  • Applicants must get permission to submit a project for consideration that has been previously declined
  • Returning grantees must be in good standing with all required reporting submitted before new applications will be accepted

Project grants do not support:

  • Commissions, development or workshops independent of a public presentation or event
  • Funding for the creation of fine art, craft, film or video independent of a public presentation or event
  • Projects that are primarily educational, youth-performed or youth-oriented programming
  • Activities not available to the general public or that take place outside of the funding area
  • Industry Publications or Awards
  • General Operations
  • Capital Campaigns
  • Deficit Reduction or Retroactive Funding
  • Fundraisers/Benefits

Stability, Collaboration and Training Eligibility

Applicants interested in Community Arts grants outside of Project-based funding may apply for Stability, Collaboration and Training grants. Stability grants are made to support organizational stability (not to provide support for a specific project). Collaboration grants are made to support artistic or administrative collaboration projects between two or more organizations/artists. Training grants are made to support training opportunities for artists and organizations in the arts and culture field in the Bay Area. These grants provide support to individual artists and small to mid-sized arts organizations in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties, working in the fields of dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts and festivals.

  • Stability, Collaboration and Training grants are made to nonprofit organizations or to artists and organizations applying with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor
  • Applicants must be individual artists or arts organizations primarily operating in San Francisco, Alameda and Contra Costa counties
  • Organizations must be working in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts and festivals
  • Applying organizations must have a funding history of at least five years (not necessarily consecutive) with the foundation
  • Applying organizations must have received funding at least once within the past three years
  • Stability grant requests are determined by the size of organization; typical range is between $7500 and $15,000 per year
  • Collaboration and Training grant requests are determined by the scale and scope of project; typical range is between $10,000 and $25,000
  • Collaboration Projects must have a live, artistic public event or presentation of the work created for the proposed project
  • Training grants must support opportunities for Bay Area artists and arts organizations
  • Applicants may submit for multiple types of funding throughout the year; it is possible to receive both a Project grant and a Stability grant in the same calendar year
  • Returning grantees must be in good standing with all required reporting submitted before new applications will be accepted