Program Areas

Community Arts

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As part of the Promoting Culture program, Community Arts grants provide project based support to individual artists and small and mid-size arts organizations to make new and innovative work accessible to Bay Area cultures and communities.

ZFF’s arts grantmaking has a long, well-established history of meaningful impact on the arts in the Bay Area, providing support to a wide range of organizations. Community Arts, the largest piece of the Promoting Culture Program, carries a specific focus on project based support for emerging artists, and small and mid-size arts organizations. With the aid of the Community Arts Panel, for forty years CA has nourished artists, awarding over $15 million in grants in support of keeping the arts accessible to communities across the Bay Area. Building on that success, CA will be refined to enhance its responsiveness and strengthen its impact. The Foundation values the continued support of its Community Arts Program by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Community Arts grants are reviewed by a rotating panel composed of practicing Bay Area artists representing the rich diversity of the local arts community.

2017 Community Arts Panelists:

The Community Arts Program is the only program within the foundation with an open application process.

Learn about applying to the Community Arts Program.

To learn more about other ZFF grantees please visit our highlights page or to review the types of Community Arts grants please visit our Recent Grantmaking page.