San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts

What is San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts?

The San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts, established in 1961, is an internationally admired model of municipal funding and support of the arts and culture. Its chief goal is to promote and support the widest possible variety of arts and culture activities in the City of San Francisco to both visitors and residents.

GTFA has two types of grant applications:

  1. Performing, Visual, Media, & Literary Arts, and
  2. Annual Celebration & Parades

Who are eligible for the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts?

  1. Performing, Visual, Literary and Media Arts Organizations
    In order to qualify for funding, an applicant in this category must:

    • have as a primary purpose the public performance or display of art works. The applicant’s mission must be clearly focused on developing, producing, and/or presenting arts activities in San Francisco.
    • have a 501(c)(3) non-profit status. (In some cases, it may be acceptable to apply using a valid fiscal sponsor.)
    • not be the primary responsibility of a government agency.
    • be governed by a legally constituted, fiscally responsible board of directors.
    • be based in and be identified with the City and County of San Francisco for at least three full years at the time of application. The organization must be housed in San Francisco with its corporate address in the City.
    • produce an annual dependable San Francisco season of activities, for the general public, including visitors. This annual season should include at least one self- or co-produced San Francisco activity.
    • plan and publicize public programming to attract visitors to San Francisco.
    • reach an audience appropriate to the activity, and produce accurate records of patronage (by budget, discipline, activities or programs).
    • produce consistently professional quality work.
    • Be in good standing on previous and/or current GFTA grants and with other City departments.
    • demonstrate financial health, evidenced by:
      • receiving outside sources of funding.
      • managing a budget size and percentage of earned revenue appropriate to the activity.
      • having a minimum budget of at least $35,000.
      • not carrying an unreasonable accumulated debt.
      • not being overly dependent on any one source of contributed income.
    • demonstrate sound administration and fiscal management by:
      • creating an organizational structure (staff, volunteers, artists, board) appropriate to the size and nature of the organization.
      • having an active board of directors/advisory board.
      • preparing and submitting yearly financial statements.
      • having a reasonable plan to retire debt—if applicable.
  2. Annual Celebrations and Parades
    In order to qualify for funding, an applicant in this category must:

    • have a valid 501(c)(3) non-profit status or use a fiscal sponsor.
    • not be the primary responsibility of a government agency.
    • be governed by a legally constituted, fiscally responsible board of directors and have an active advisory board or working committee which takes programmatic responsibility for the event.
    • broadly celebrate and preserve the cultural identity and/or traditional activities of the City’s various populations, not a specific independence day, national commemoration day, specific neighborhood or City district.
    • have a significant performance or art component.
    • reside in and be identified with the City and County of San Francisco.
    • be supported by and have active participation from a substantial segment of the community.
    • professionally produce a high-quality San Francisco event for at least three years.
    • plan and publicize public event(s) to attract visitors to San Francisco.
    • reach an audience appropriate to the activity and produce accurate records of patronage.
    • demonstrate financial health, evidenced by:
      • receiving outside sources of funding.
      • managing a budget size and percentage of earned revenue appropriate to the activity.
      • having a minimum annual budget of at least $35,000.
      • not carrying an unreasonable accumulated debt.
      • not being overly dependent on any one source of contributed income.
    • demonstrate sound administration and fiscal management by:
      • having an active advisory board or working committee that takes programmatic responsibility for event.
      • maintaining a budget and staff appropriate to the activity.
      • preparing and submitting yearly financial statements.
      • having a reasonable plan to retire debt—if applicable.

How to apply for the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts?

The 2011/12 application consists of two elements: (1) a Funder’s Report generated by the California Cultural Data Project and (2) an application supplement. More information on the California CDP is available at www.caculturaldata.org.

We have provided an outline to help guide you to which application is most appropriate for your organization. Please read and follow all instructions carefully. We will not accept applications returned to us via email, fax or on disc. Only a hard copy will be accepted in our office by the deadline.

How much funding is available for the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts?

The San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts provide funding depending on the grantee’s proposed project or activity and based also on what the Fund decides to give.

Where to send applications for the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts?

The deadline for 2011/2012 grant applications is:
Friday, February 11, 2011 at 5:00pm.
City Hall, Room 347
San Francisco, CA 94102

For more information on the San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts, contact:

Grants for the Arts
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
City Hall, Room 347
San Francisco, CA 94102

Telephone
415.554.6710

Fax
415.554.6711

Email
gfta@sfgov.org

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