• December 1-13, 2019 –Letter of Inquiry submission open. If invited, Full Application due January 6, 2020 for a March 10, 2020 decision.
  • March 1-16, 2020 –Letter of Inquiry submission open. If invited, Full Application due April 6, 2020 for a June 2, 2020 decision.
  • June 1-15, 2020 –Letter of Inquiry submission open. If invited, Full Application due July 6, 2020 for a September 8, 2020 decision.
  • September 1-14, 2020 – Letter of Inquiry submission open. If invited, Full Application due October 5, 2020 for a December 1, 2020 decision.

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

Applicants interested in Community Arts grants outside of Project 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 5 years (not necessarily consecutive) with the foundation.
  • Applying organizations must have received funding at least once within the past 3 years.
  • Stability grant requests are determined by the size of organization; typical range is between $7,500 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.

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

Stability, Collaboration, and Training applications are accepted through a quarterly, open letter of inquiry process, followed by an invited full application.

Letters of inquiry consist of a statement that includes the name of your organization, the amount of money requested, and a description of the project or purpose of the grant. Please highlight how the proposed request fits with the Community Arts program guidelines and priorities. Please include a brief statement about what your organization currently does and why the requested funding is right for your needs at this time.

Full Applications must contain a complete online application form, required application documents and, if applicable, a work sample.

  • Description of applying organization
  • Organization activities
  • State of the organization
  • Description of community served
  • Staff, Board, and Partners
  • Financial information
  • Required Application Documents
    • Annual budget of applying organization
    • Revenue worksheet
    • Fiscal sponsorship agreement/memorandum of understanding (if applicable)
  • Project overview
  • Collaboration description
  • Description of applying organization(s) or artistic statement(s)
  • Organization activities
  • Description of community served
  • List of participants
  • Event information (if applicable)
  • Financial information
  • Required Application Documents
    • Collaboration project budget
    • Lead applying organization annual budget
    • Secondary applying organization annual budget
    • Fiscal sponsorship agreement/memorandum of understanding (if applicable)
    • Work samples (if applicable)
  • Project overview
  • Description of applying organization
  • Organization activities
  • Description of community served
  • Staff, Board, and Partners
  • List of participants
  • Financial information
  • Required Application Documents
    • Project budget
    • Annual budget of applying organization
    • Fiscal sponsorship agreement/memorandum of understanding (if applicable)

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 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.
  • 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.
  • Stability, Collaboration, and Training applications are evaluated by foundation staff.
  • 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.