• 2020
    • December 7 – 21, 2020 for a March 9, 2021 decision
  • 2021
    • March 8 – 22, 2021 for a June 1,  2021 decision
    • June 7 – 21, 2021 for a September 14, 2021 decision
    • September 6 – 20, 2021 for a December 7, 2021 decision
    • December 6 – 20, 2021 for a March 8, 2022 decision

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on the specified due date.

Community Arts COVID Response Grants (Response Grant) will provide general operating support to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties suffering revenue loss due to the closure of venues and cancellation of events. Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000. Applications will be evaluated by foundation staff in partnership with the ZFF Community Arts Panel

Response Grants will replace all other Community Arts grants including Project, Stability, Collaboration and Training grants.   Response Grants will be available through the remainder of the 2020 calendar year; foundation staff will continue to monitor and evaluate the changing circumstances to determine the duration of this change.

Please note that existing 501(c)(3) non-profit and fiscally sponsored organizations are eligible to receive Response Grants. ZFF is exploring how best to support individuals and new or emerging organizations during this time and will keep you posted on any changes.

  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations/organizations applying with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor 
  • Individual artists are not eligible to receive Response Grants.
    (For more
    information about resources available to individual artists please visit CCI: SF Artists Relief Fund, East Bay/Oakland Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts and Bay Area Arts Worker Relief Funds
  • Organizations must primarily operate in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties 
  • Organizations must primarily work in dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts, festivals 
  • Organizations must have a history of at least two years of presenting or producing work 
  • Organizations (excluding fiscal sponsors representing multiple organizations) may apply for one grant per submission cycle 
  • Organizations with no established funding history with ZFF may still apply 
  • Current Community Arts grantees are eligible to apply; organizations may have multiple active grants at this time 


Application Questions: 

  1. What is the current state of your organization?  How has COVID-19 affected your organization? (4,000 characters)
    • Include information on events, performances, and presentations, and what has been/will be postponed, modified, or cancelled completely
    • Include how current budget projections differ from proposed 2020 budget
    • Briefly describe your organization’s plans for the rest of the year
  2. How will you use the funds? (1,000 characters)
    • Please identify organization priorities (staff, facilities, events, operations, tech, etc.)
  3. How would you describe the community you serve? (2,500 characters)
    • Please provide a brief description of staff, board, collaborating artists, and audience, and how you plan to engage them through the rest of the year, including whether you’ll return to presenting or performing and how your programs have changed and adapted 

Supporting Documents: 

  • Current annual organization budget (projected and/or modified to reflect changes to date) 
  • Prior year annual organization budget (actual) 

ZFF uses an online application for all Community Arts grants; we do not accept applications or inquiries via USPS or email. 

If you do not already have login information, please log onto Fluxx, the online grant system, at zellerbach.fluxx.io to register for a user ID and password; credentials will be sent via email within 2-3 business days.  Please note your login information, as you will need it every time you access the grantee portal. 

Once you receive credentials, log into Fluxx and select Community Arts COVID application. 

  • You may save your application and return to it at any time 
  • Be mindful of character counts 
  • Applications may not be edited once submitted 
  • Applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the application due date 
  • Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered 
  • There is no limit to the number of applications accepted by the foundation each quarter 
  • Final approval for all Community Arts grants are determined by the ZFF Board of Directors 
  • Notifications are sent via email roughly 3 months after the application due date 

If the written word or the English language are not accessible forms of communication for you, please contact the Foundation staff about an alternative application format.  In some cases, it may be possible to present a video version of the application.  

Response grants will be for organizational stability/general operating support, and will be awarded for $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000. Applications will be evaluated by foundation staff in partnership with the ZFF Community Arts Panel. Final approval for all Community Arts grants are determined by the ZFF Board of Directors.

Evaluation Criteria: 

  • Organizations must articulate need and impact of COVID on organization
  • Organizations must show how they are responding and adapting to the COVID situation 
  • Organizations must articulate the need of the community served by their organization and how they advance equity through their work

Notifications are sent via email roughly 3 months after the application due date

Reports will be due six months from grant notification date, or as determined in conversation with grantee and foundation staff

Please contact foundation staff if you have any questions:
Margot Melcon, Program Executive
Community Arts Program