• 2021
    • 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.

Response Grants are available to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties. Grants made support organizations suffering revenue loss, requiring operational support, producing and presenting, and/or engaging in recovery and reopening.  Response grants are general operating support awards in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.  Applications are evaluated by foundation staff in partnership with the ZFF Community Arts Panel.

All other Community Arts grants – including Project, Stability, Collaboration and Training grants – have been suspended.  Response grants will remain in place until circumstances allow a return to regular grantmaking.

  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations/organizations applying with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor
  • Individual artists are not eligible to receive Response Grants.
  • 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. Please provide a brief description of your organization’s mission, recent history, and activities. (1,000 characters)
  2. How has the COVID-19 pandemic affected your organization? (2,500 characters)
    • Include information on events, performances and presentations, classes and/or fundraising events that were postponed, modified or cancelled completely
    • Include information on if/how your organization pivoted away from regular operations (moving events online, shifting to community support, engaging in organizational restructuring, etc.)
    • Briefly include information on loss of facilities, layoff of staff, loss of collaborators, etc.
    • Briefly include any significant emergency funding such as philanthropic, corporate, individual or public support received
  3. What are your plans for recovery, returning to developing, producing  or presenting work, and reopening? (2,500 characters)
    • How will you use the funds?
    • Describe operational challenges to recovery, reopening or creative work development
    • Describe how this moment differs from how the organization worked prior to the pandemic
  4. How would you describe the community you serve? (2,500 characters)
    • Provide a brief description of staff, board, collaborating artists, and audience, how you engage with them, and what steps are taken to center underserved communities

Supporting Documents: 

  • Current annual organization budget (projected) 
  • Prior year annual organization budget (actual) 

Note: Please define your fiscal year in the budget notes section
(i.e. calendar, July 1-June 30, etc.)

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 are general operating support awards in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.  Applications are 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:

  • Applicants must articulate impact of the COVID pandemic on their organization
  • Applicants must articulate what/how they are planning for recovery and reopening
  • Applicants must articulate challenges they are facing for recovery and reopening
  • Applicants must articulate the impact of their organization on the community served

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
communityarts@zff.org