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Funding Resources – Bay Area

Bay Area Wide

Performing Arts Worker Relief Fund (Theatre Bay Area, Dancers’ Group, and InterMusicSF partnership) – Ongoing
Any resident of the San Francisco Bay Area who has worked professionally or vocationally in local performing arts, who has been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the performing arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the performing arts) and has experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19.

San Francisco COVID-19 Emergency Loan for Arts & Culture Nonprofits – Ongoing, as long as resources are available
This Emergency Loan will support arts and culture nonprofits and fiscally sponsored organizations in the eleven Bay Area counties.

Bopsidy Artist Support Page
Directly support SF Bay Area dance instructors and studio operators financially during the COVID-19 crisis.

California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship – Deadline extended to Aug 14, 2020
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (SOAC), in partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC) and SVCreates, is administering a pilot program with the goal of uplifting an inclusive workforce and supporting the vibrancy of organizations that create and preserve the cultural identities of all California communities.

Artists Now Relief Fund
For artists who live in the Bay Area, who have been financially impacted by COVID-19, who are POC, Women, or identify as LGBTQIA+. The first round of applications is now closed. Artists Now is continuing its fundraising efforts for future funding rounds.

California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners – Open July 22 – Aug 18, 2020
To help artists and cultural practitioners (including fine and performing artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and maker-based sole or collective creative entrepreneurs) who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of the state of California.

Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco County-specific

The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation Relief Grants for the Arts – Open Aug 20 – Sep 3, 2020
The foundation will prioritize unrestricted support for arts organizations that: Amplify the perspective of marginalized artists and communities; Present challenging, contemporary works of art, including dance, music, performance, and the visual arts; Work in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco counties; Operate with an annual budget of $2.5 million or less; Have not already received funding from the foundation in 2020. Relief funds will be issued as one-time grants ranging from $2,500 – $10,000, with consideration given to organizational budget size.


Akonadi Foundation So Love Can Win
Supporting Oakland-based efforts led by Black, Indigenous and people of color using organizing, healing, arts and culture, and journalism and narrative strategies to fortify the resilience and vitality of communities hit hardest by the impacts of Covid-19. In difficult times, Oakland’s organizers, culture bearers, and healers not only provide solace and support, but also, continue to build a collective vision of safety and justice beyond crisis. Rapid-response grants up to $10,000. This fund is now closed, and all awards have been committed. The complete list of grant awards will be posted by August 10, 2020. Grant seekers can review Akonadi’s external resources page to explore funding opportunities.

Napa County-specific

Napa County Emergency Financial Assistance (EFA) – Ongoing
In response to a declared emergency in Napa County, we’ve launched a COVID-19 Fund to address the public health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in our community.

Funding Resources – National and Statewide

Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund
Donate directly to in support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.

Creative Capital joins with other grantmakers to form Artist Relief – Cycle V closes Aug 26 at 11:59pm ET
Artist Relief will distribute $5,000 grants to artists facing dire financial emergencies due to COVID-19; serve as an ongoing informational resource.

Creative Ecosystems and Funds that Support Black People
This list prioritizes Creative Ecosystem and Funds that support Black queer, trans, and nonbinary folks, and Black women.

National Arts & Disability Center California 2020 Grant Cycle – Cycle Three is open Aug – Oct 2020
The purpose of the Arts and Accessibility Program is to support the inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into the arts community.

COVID-19 Freelance Artist Emergency Funding Resources
Some of the relief efforts included in this category are managed by nonprofits, foundations, and other organizations with a history of distributing grants to artists. Others are new funds set up specifically to relieve artists in financial crisis as a result of COVID-19.

Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund – Closes Dec 1, 2020
In light of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artist community, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts is creating a temporary fund to meet the needs of experimental artists who have been impacted by the economic fallout from postponed or canceled performances and exhibitions.