Fleishhacker Foundation encourages for Small Arts Grants Program

Fleishhacker Foundation
Last date: 
Friday, January 15, 2021
United States

Detailed Description

The Fleishhacker Foundation is encouraging for its Small Arts Grants program to fund a broad range of arts groups that produce and/or present innovative new work by Bay Area artists. It strives to make grants that support a diverse array of artistic disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression.

The foundation prioritize grant requests that best support working artists and place particular emphasis on funding groups that represent and engage marginalized artists and communities. In response to the impact of COVID-19 on the local arts community, the Small Arts Grants program is accepting applications for general operating support during the spring 2021 review cycle from 501(c)(3) nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations.

Funding Information

  • Cash Grants for NGOs to improve access to justice around the world
  • Foundation Grants of up to € 100,000 to increase people’s resilience to disasters
  • Cash Grants for NGOs to improve access to justice around the world
  • Foundation Grants of up to € 100,000 to increase people’s resilience to disasters
  • Grants in this program range from $1,000 to $10,000 and are usually between $2,000 and $5,000.
  • Organizations may not apply more than once a year, except fiscal sponsors representing multiple groups.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be:

  • An arts and culture organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, or an arts group or filmmaker applying under the fiscal sponsorship of a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
  • Engaged in the production and/or presentation of new work by Bay Area artists in the disciplines of dance, music, theater, visual arts, interdisciplinary arts, or film.
  • Located and primarily offering programming in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Sonoma, San Mateo, or Santa Clara counties.
  • Able to demonstrate an artistic presence in the Bay Area for at least three years.
  • Of an annual budget size between $100,000 and $750,000 (or under the fiscal sponsorship of a nonprofit organization with an annual budget greater than $100,000).
  • An organization that evidences strong support from the community and its Board of Directors.

Not eligible are:

  • Organizations and groups whose primary mission is youth training in the arts, youth ensembles and performances, exhibitions of youth artwork, and productions designed for youth.
  • Organizations and groups whose fundamental purpose or benefit is primarily social services, health, youth, or community development fields.

Review Criteria

The most important considerations in assessing Small Arts Grants requests are:

  • Does the organization have a history of successfully producing or presenting innovative new work by Bay Area artists?
  • What are the organization’s contributions to the local arts community and the Bay Area at large?
  • Does the organization represent and engage marginalized artists and communities (people of color, LGBTQ+, people with disabilities, immigrants, and/or under-resourced populations) in a meaningful way?
  • How well has the organization responded to the impact of COVID-19, and how viable are its plans for the future?
  • Are artists reasonably compensated?
  • What are the financial needs of the organization?
  • Is there strong evidence of board and community support; specifically, what percentage of board members made financial contributions and what other income has been raised or generated within the last year?
  • Does the organization use its resources efficiently, seeking to collaborate and share resources when appropriate?


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