A CCA Libraries guide to finding artist grants and residencies.
Last modified: July 30, 2012
- Alameda County Art
The "ARTSFUND Grants Program provides support [$1000 grants] to Alameda County arts organizations that have demonstrated artistic merit and excellence both in achievement and in community involvement."
Awards from $15,000 to $1,500, which "can be used however the artist sees fit," for visual artists who live and work in San Francisco. Available once every three years.
- Arts Council Silicon Valley
Offers six $4,000 grants per year to professional working artists (including writers) "to enable them to continue to pursue their creative work."
- Bay Area Video Coalition
OfferOffer a variety of awards, training, short-term residencies, and grants for artists working in video and media.
- Black Rock Arts (SF)
Grants from $1,000 to $6,000 for "community-based interactive art" projects.
- California Arts Council
A listing of current CAC funding opportunities including "Artists in Schools" and "Creating Public Value through the Arts" grants.
- City of Oakland Cultural Arts and
Includes listings of artist opportunities for city of Oakland projects, and grants from the Cultural Funding Program in performing, visual, and literary arts (ranging from $1,000 to $5,000). These grants seek "to provide access to financial support... to a wide range of Oakland-based artists and nonprofit organizations providing arts and cultural services in Oakland."
- Djerassi Resident Artists Program - Santa Cruz Mountains
One month residencies available for emerging and established artists in the visual arts, literature, music composition, and choreography.
- East Bay Fund for Artists
Financial support for composers, playwrights, choreographers, visual and media artists based in Alameda or Contra Costa Counties, for projects supported by a 501c3 partner or a fiscal sponsor organization.
- Exploratorium - San Francisco
A variety of opportunities for "artists to create artworks, installations, films, and performances that can augment large-scale thematically-based exhibitions" at the Exploratorium. Exploratory (one-week) and Full residencies available.
Grants for Bay Area emerging and mid-career film and video artists up to $7,500. Some grant awards include free classes, access to production and post production equipment, project mentoring by an established director, and Film Arts Foundation membership, in addition or in lieu of cash.
- Headlands Center for the Arts - Sausalito
A variety of live-in and non-live-in residencies for international visual, literary, film/video, dance, and performance artists.
- Intersection for the Arts
Assistance in finding and applying for fiscal sponsorship in the arts as well as residencies for Bay Area artists in all stages of their career.
- Kala Art Institute - Berkeley
Residency and fellowship opportunities for artists working in printmaking, book arts, and digital media.
- LEF Foundation: California
Offering grants from $2000 to $5000 for art, architecture, and environmental projects.
Offers a range of grants for community arts projects (arranged through non-profits) and to mid-career and established artists in Marin County.
- Millay Colony for the Arts
Offers one-month residencies to visual artists, composers and writers between the months of April and November. Resident artists get private rooms, studios and all meals during their stay at the pastoral campus in upstate NY. The property is the former residence of the poet Edna St. Vincent Millay.
- Northern California
Does not offer grants, but rather an "Arts Loan Fund" which seeks "to provide quick-turnaround, low-cost financial assistance to San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations." Loans must be repaid within one year.
- Pacific Pioneer Fund
Offers emerging film and video documentarians in California, Oregon, and Washington grants from $1,000 to $10,000.
- San Francisco
SFAC offers "grants of up to $10,000 to individual artists living and working in San Francisco," Special Project grants "up to $1,000, for very small, volunteer-based arts groups throughout San Francisco’s neighborhoods in order to stimulate the production and dissemination of works of art," and more.
- San Francisco Community Challenge
The CCG provides grants for "projects that directly engage residents and businesses in working together to create green spaces, gathering places, public art, and other neighborhood amenities."
- San Francisco
Six awards per year for California-born artists of all ages working in film, video, photography, or printmaking. Range from $2,500 to $7,500 each.
- Service Works Space Program
Josh Greene, a 36 year old artist and waiter dedicates one night’s worth of tips each month to fund an art project.
- SF Recycling
Four-month residencies include studio space, monthly stipend ($1800 for full-time, $900 for part-time), and 24/7 access to the dump for career-level Bay Area artists who are currently working professionally.
- Southern Exposure
An annual $15,000 award to commission a public art project in the Bay Area
- Stanford University Stegner Fellowships
Five poetry and five fiction fellowships with a $57,000 two-year stipend are awarded each year.
- Sustainable Arts Foundation
Offers financial awards to artists and writers with families. Special consideration for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area.
- Yosemite Renaissance Artists-in-Residence [on hiatus] - Yosemite Natl Park
One-month residencies for ten to fifteen established visual artists each year.
- Alliance of Artists Communities
A searchable directory of North American residency opportunities.
- American Art Directory
Annual directory of art organizations, museums, libraries, and schools. Includes extensive listings of art scholarships and fellowships, art magazine contacts, open exhibitions, and more.
- Art Opportunities
This monthly newsletter compiles current opportunities for artist "competitions, grants, shows, public art commissions, residencies, and more."
A service listing current artist grants, residencies, employment, juried exhibitions, fellowships and more.
- Artists Communities:
A directory of residencies....
A detailed guide to residencies for visual artists, media artists, writers, and more, published in 2005.
- Art Spaces Directory
An international directory of alternative art spaces, art centers and galleries, published by the New Museum and ArtAsiaPacific as part of the New Museum Triennial.
Academy of Art Online Grant Directory
Links to grants and other funding sources for individual artists.
A HUGE list of grants available to documentarians.
- Foundation Center San Francisco
"The Center maintains the most comprehensive database on U.S. grantmakers and their grants," operating a library in San Francisco with free classes for individuals in the arts, and lots of online and print resources.
- Mira's List
A frequently updated blog listing grants, fellowship, and residencies for artists.
Alliance for the Media Arts & Culture
Links to over 70 organizations with grant/funding opportunities in the media arts.
- National Directory
of Arts Internships
State by state listings for arts organizations with internship programs, and a brief guide to the application process, published in 2005.
- NYFA Source
An extensive searchable national directory of awards, services, and publications for artists.
- Res Artis
Searchable directory of worldwide artist residency opportunities.
Frequently updated list of art opportunities for artistic practices that engage technology.
- The artist's guide to grant writing : how to find funds and write foolproof proposals for the visual, literary, and performing artist
- The artist's guide to public art : how to find and win commissions
- Guide to getting arts grants
- The Fine Artist's
Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion
Chapter 8 introduces the world of individual and special project grants for artists.
- The Practical Handbook
for the Emerging Artist
Chapter 13 details the grant application process and other funding opportunities.