Application information also available in video format.

  • March 1 – 23*, 2020 for a June 2, 2020 decision: *extended to March 30th.
  • June 1 – 22, 2020 for a September 8, 2020 decision.
  • September 1 – 21, 2020 for a December 1, 2020 decision.

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

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 6 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 per submission cycle.
  • Applicants may submit multiple times throughout the year but are only eligible to receive Project 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.
  • 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 or benefits

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

Project grant applications are accepted through a quarterly, open submission process. Applications must contain a complete online application form, required application documents, and a work sample.

Project Application Form:

  • Project overview
  • Project description
  • Description of applying organization or individual artistic statement
  • Description of community served
  • List of artists
  • Event information
  • Financial information

Required Application Documents:

  • Project budget
  • Fiscal sponsorship agreement/memorandum of understanding (if applicable)
  • Annual budget of applying organization (501c3 only)

Optional Application Documents:

  • One letter of recommendation
  • One press clipping

Work Samples:

  • Applicants may submit up to three minutes of material for review; work samples should be recent and relevant to the proposed project.
  • Up to two URL links are available for video and sound work samples; alternatively, JPG or PDF documents may be uploaded.
  • Use work sample notes to indicate any password, cueing instructions, or relevant context.

Log onto Fluxx, the online grant system, at 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 the type of application you’d like to submit – Project, Stability, Collaboration, or Training. You’ll complete a short eligibility quiz to determine whether your project or organization is eligible at this time. If successful, you will then be able to either initiate an application or complete a letter of inquiry.

  • You may save your application and return to it.
  • Be mindful of character counts.
  • Once you submit your application, you will no longer be able to edit.
  • Project grant applications, letters of inquiry, and full applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. on the application due date.
  • Late and/or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please note, 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 if that is more comfortable for you.

  • There is no limit to the number of applications or letters of inquiry accepted by the foundation each quarter.
  • Project grant applications are evaluated across disciplines.
  • Project grant applications are evaluated by a rotating panel of Bay Area artists.
  • Final approval for all Community Arts grants are determined by the Zellerbach Family Foundation Board of Directors.
  • Notifications are sent via email roughly 3 months after the application due date.

The Zellerbach Family Foundation values the richness that diversity brings to communities and the opportunities it provides to strengthen mutual appreciation and understanding across cultures. We purposefully encourage experiences that build inclusive communities.