Community Arts COVID Response Grant Program (California)

Zellerbach Family Foundation’s Response Grants are available to arts and culture organizations in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties.

Donor Name: Zellerbach Family Foundation

State: California

Counties: Alameda County (CA), Contra Costa County (CA), San Francisco County/city (CA)

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 01/14/2022

Size of the Grant: $15,000


Grants made support organizations suffering revenue loss, requiring operational support, producing and presenting, and/or engaging in recovery and reopening. Applications are evaluated by foundation staff in partnership with the ZFF Community Arts Panel.

All other Community Arts grants – including Project, Stability, Collaboration and Training grants – have been suspended.  Response grants will remain in place until circumstances allow a return to regular grantmaking.

Grant Amount

Response grants are general operating support awards in the amount of $5,000, $10,000 or $15,000.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Grants are made to nonprofit organizations/organizations applying with a 501c3 fiscal sponsor
  • Individual artists are not eligible to receive Response Grants.
  • Organizations must primarily operate in San Francisco, Alameda, and Contra Costa counties
  • Organizations must primarily work in dance, music, theater, visual arts, literary arts, festivals
  • Organizations must have a history of at least two years of presenting or producing work
  • Organizations (excluding fiscal sponsors representing multiple organizations) may apply for one grant per submission cycle
  • Organizations with no established funding history with ZFF may still apply
  • Current Community Arts grantees are eligible to apply; organizations may have multiple active grants at this time

Evaluation Criteria

  • Applicants must articulate impact of the COVID pandemic on their organization
  • Applicants must articulate what/how they are planning for recovery and reopening
  • Applicants must articulate challenges they are facing for recovery and reopening
  • Applicants must articulate the impact of their organization on the community served

For more information, visit Arts COVID Response Grant.