funding opportunities

The Career Resources Center maintains a list of many local funding sources. Though not comprehensive, this can be a good starting point in researching funding opportunities. Explore the links to the left for additional school-supported grants and proposal writing tips.

The Foundation Center

The Foundation Center is an organization that facilitates the connection between funders and people seeking funds. They host a variety of free seminars both online and in their downtown office, including Grantseeking Basics for Individuals in the Arts.

The Center also maintains Foundation Grants to Individuals Online, a subscription database with over 6,200 private funding sources for individuals. You can pay for an individual subscription or access the resource for free at the Foundation Center’s library (in downtown San Francisco at 312 Sutter St., #606).  The Career Resources Center maintains a subscription to this service, and students are able to access it by visiting the Center for a scheduled appointment.

NYFA Source

National source of grants for artists in all disciplines.

Two Excellent Databases Maintained by Other Schools

Michigan State University Libraries

University of North Carolina Office of Distinguished Scholarships

A Selection of Local Grant Opportunities

Alliance for California Traditional Arts
Grants of $2,500 are awarded to teams of master artists and apprentices.

Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue
Offers unrestricted grants to visual artists up to the amount of $15,000 for artists who live and work in the Bay Area, among other locations.


Arts Council Silicon Valley
Gives awards to recognized professional working artists who reside in California’s Silicon Valley. Up to six fellowships of $4,000 each will be given annually.

Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
Offers in-kind support primarily for post-production work as well as a biennial award to honor a California-born artist working in the medium.

Black Rock Arts Foundation
Grants given to support community-based, interactive art.

California Arts Council
Offers programs for artists, as well as hosting a list of current funding opportunities.

Center for Cultural Innovation
Provides grants up to $15,000 to individual artists in California for acquisition of arts equipment or towards presentation and marketing of their creative work.

Creative Work Fund
Funds collaborations between artists and nonprofits in the Bay Area. Grants range from $10,000 to $35,000.

Creative Capital
Funds artists in visual and film/video arts as well as performing and emerging arts.

Frameline
Provides funding to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender media artists in final stage of film/video production.


Marin Arts Council
Awards individual artist grants to Marin artists. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000.

National Endowment for the Arts
Grants available in a variety of different disciplines.

The San Francisco Foundation
Offers numerous programs for artists including a teacher fellowship program and individual grants.


Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Programs include residencies, an Emerging Arts Fund, and the Peninsula Artists Fund Grant Program.


Women in Film
Support given to independent and nonprofit women filmmakers to complete films or videos that support equal opportunities for women, enhance media images of women, and influence prevailing attitudes and practices regarding women.