Fleishhacker Foundation’s Small Arts Grants Program (California)

Fleishhacker Foundation has announced a Small Arts Grants Program to fund a broad range of arts groups that produce and present innovative new work by Bay Area artists.

Donor Name: Fleishhacker Foundation

State: California

Counties: Alameda County (CA), Contra Costa County (CA), Marin County (CA), San Francisco County/City (CA), San Mateo County (CA), Santa Clara County (CA), Sonoma County (CA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/15/2022

Size of the Grant: $2,500 and $5,000


It strives to make grants that support a diverse array of artistic disciplines, aesthetic sensibilities, and forms of cultural expression. They prioritize grant requests that best support working artists and place particular emphasis on funding groups that represent and engage marginalized artists and communities.

The majority of the Fleishhacker Foundation’s arts grantmaking takes place through this program. There are two review cycles each year: spring and fall. Application deadlines are January 15 for spring decisions and July 15 for fall decisions. Arts and culture organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000 that are located and primarily offer programming in the San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to apply.

In response to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local arts community, the Small Arts Grants program is accepting applications for general support for the spring 2022 review cycle from 501(c)(3) nonprofit and fiscally sponsored organizations. General support grants are flexible and may be used for operations, staffing, facilities, reopening costs after COVID closures, health and safety compliance, artists’ compensation, rehearsals, performances, presentations, exhibitions, and other administrative, program, or production costs at the grantee’s discretion.

Post-production support for film projects directed by Bay Area filmmakers with budgets under $750,000 will also be considered in this program, if applying with an eligible fiscal sponsor or nonprofit production company.

All other project-specific support, however, remains suspended for this cycle for this grant program.

Funding Information

Grants in this program range from $2,500 to $10,000 and are usually between $2,500 and $5,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An arts and culture organization incorporated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit (including fiscal sponsors applying on behalf of a sponsored arts group or filmmaker).
  • Engaged in the production and 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, and/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 applying with a fiscal sponsor with an annual budget greater than $100,000; there is no upper limit for fiscal sponsors’ annual budgets).
  • 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.

For more information, visit Small Arts Grant.