COMMUNITY ARTS PROGRAM
The Community Arts Program supports local
artists who are creating new and innovative work that is representative of
the diverse cultures and communities of the Bay Area. Grants range from
$1,000 to $7,500. Grant applications are evaluated by a rotating
panel of local artists who are professionals in their fields.
Only nonprofit arts-serving organizations and fiscal sponsors doing their work in
San Francisco, Contra Costa, and Alameda counties (west of the Caldecott Tunnels)
are eligible to apply. Individual artists must work under a fiscal sponsor in order
to be funded.
The foundation funds primarily performance-oriented, contemporary projects.
Traditional work such as the performance of Mozart's music, a production of
a Broadway play/musical, or the performed reading of the works of a traditional
poet like Carl Sandburg would not be eligible.
The Foundation supports projects in the following areas:
The Foundation does not fund:
Films and videos
Youth-performed or youth-oriented programs
Deficit reduction or retroactive funding
Activities that take place outside of the funding area
Craft, painting, photography
Activities not available to the general public
Start-up money for projects that have not been established
We recommend that you review the Community Arts section of our annual reports,
available on our website, to see what types of projects we have funded in the past.
If you have any questions regarding eligibility or the application process,
please contact Linda Howe at 415-421-2629 ext. 11.
VALID TAX-EXEMPT STATUS
To qualify for funding, all applicants or their fiscal sponsors must
have current 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status through the Internal Revenue Service.
The organization name and address listed on the 501(c)(3) must match the name and
address you submit on your online grant application form. If the 501(c)(3) is not
current, call the IRS at (877) 829-5500 to request an updated copy.
Plan ahead, this process typically takes 14 business days. The updated
501(c)(3) letter must be submitted with your application. It cannot be
submitted at a later date.
APPLICATION AND REQUIREMENTS
Your online grant application form must
be submitted electronically (this includes those who are mailing application
support materials). Organizations may receive only one grant per calendar
year (this does not apply to organizations acting as fiscal sponsors).
All Community Arts Grant applications must contain the following three components:
1. Online grant application form
2. Grant application support materials (see a complete list below)
3. Work sample: either a web address (URL) for online viewing -OR-
physical media including 7 copies of the CD/DVD/literature as your sample
HOW TO APPLY
We currently accept the following three options for submitting a Community
Arts Grant application. All three options require that the application form
be completed and submitted online. Work samples and support materials may be
sent online or via U.S. Mail as instructed below.
Complete online submission (preferred)
Fill out and submit the online grant application form that includes a web address (URL) to your work
sample and all required support materials uploaded in PDF format.
Online submission with mailed work sample
If your work sample is not yet available online (no URL), you must fill out and submit the
online grant application form including all required support materials uploaded in PDF
format, then mail us your work sample via U.S. MAIL. Seven (7) identical copies of the
CD/DVD/literature work sample are required, and include a printed copy of the online
grant application form.
Online submission with mailed work sample and support materials
Support materials may also be sent via U.S. mail along with the work sample. Fill
out and submit the online grant application form then mail your work sample
and all required support materials. Seven (7) identical copies of your
CD/DVD/literature work samples are required along with all support materials.
A printed copy of the online grant application form must also be included.
With options 1 and 2, be sure to double check that all required support materials are uploaded as
we will not accept missing documents after the application is submitted.
With options 2 and 3, your mailed items must be postmarked by the deadline date corresponding
to your application date. Refer to the Application Deadlines section below.
The following items must be submitted as part of your grant application:
A copy of your current 501(c)(3) letter or that of your fiscal sponsor
A copy of the MOU between your group and your fiscal sponsor - required
if a fiscal sponsor is used
A detailed project description
A brief history and mission statement of your group or organization
A list and a brief description of the artists and people undertaking the project
Projected income and expense statement for the project for which you are requesting a grant
- Identify the most essential item in your budget
- Indicate funds already received, committed, pending, or in-kind
An income and expense statement for the last project performed by your group or company
An income and expense statement for your company for the previous year, or season of
The most recent balance sheet for your group or company
Additional support materials may include:
A list of your own Board of Directors, if applicable
One letter of support from a professional in the same field. This letter must be submitted
with your application
One press clipping about your previous work, if available. Please, no fliers or promotional
All support materials submitted via U.S. mail including press clippings,
must be single sided on 8 1/2 x 11 paper.
Do not use staples in any of your application materials.
The online grant application form provides space for you to submit the web address
(URL) to your online work sample. This is the preferred option. Work samples for
dance, theatre, and music grant submissions should provide the panel with a reasonable
representation of your work. As such, samples should consist of one continuous
three-minute excerpt. If you do not have a web-based work sample, you may mail your
CD/DVD/literature work sample.
Please make sure the online grant application form indicates audio CD or video DVD as
well as the three-minute segment we are to review.
Works samples submitted via U.S. mail should include seven (7) identical copies
of the sample as well as a copy of the completed online grant application form.
RETURN OF WORK SAMPLE
If you would like your work sample returned, please include a self-addressed,
postage-paid envelope in your submission.
Current grantees of the Community Arts Program are eligible for the Zellerbach Performing Arts
Assistance Program, facilitated by Theatre Bay Area. The program offers guidance on
performance as well as board development, fundraising and administration.
Applications must be submitted online by 11:59 p.m. on the deadline date. Any mailed
items must be postmarked by the deadline date corresponding to your application date.
Support from foundation staff is available until 4:00 p.m. on the deadline day to answer any technical questions.
must be sent by U. S. mail only. We do not accept requests sent via
UPS, Fed Ex, messenger, or hand deliveries.
Zellerbach Family Foundation
575 Market Street, Suite 2950
San Francisco, CA 94105
2014 application deadlines
Please choose a deadline with a decision date that
corresponds most closely to the date of your performance needs:
January 7, 2014
March 11, 2014
July 1, 2014
September 23, 2014
Decision notices sent by
March 18, 2014
June 10, 2014
September 16, 2014
December 9, 2014