SFAC's Cultural Equity Grants: Native American Arts and Cultural Traditions Grants

ACTA - Posted on 17 May 2011

San Francisco Arts Commission

Event Date(s)


San Francisco Arts Commission’s Cultural Equity Grants is pleased to announce the continuation of its grants initiative to support projects guided by strong and capable Native American artistic leadership, and for which there is resonance within communities.  Grants can support the wide spectrum of rich cultural traditions and contemporary artistic expressions that exist within today's Native communities.  Grants are for applicants based in San Francisco.

The grant categories are slightly expanded versions of existing Cultural Equity Grants categories.  It is hoped that over the longer-term Native American artists and organizations in San Francisco will increasingly access the existing funding and technical assistance resources available, and participate in broader policy discussions.  Grants will be available in four categories:

INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS Grants: $5,000 – $7,500.Purpose: To support Native American individual artists in their creative processes and practice of cultural traditions and contemporary artistic expressions. Examples of Eligible Projects: research, creation, and/or presentation of a new work and/or the invigoration of cultural traditions; training between master artists and identified apprentices; the development and/or implementation of an artist’s business plan.

Presenting the Art Grants: $5,000 – $7,500.Purpose: To encourage culturally knowledgeable presenting, exhibiting and/or educational programming of Native American artistic work and cultural traditions that engages specific communities and/or the broader public. Examples of Eligible Projects: presentations or exhibitions of single or multiple artistic disciplines; arts festivals; creative development laboratories; documentation and archiving; educational activities and programs.

Building Sustainable Arts Grants: $7,500 – $15,000.Purpose: To seed or strengthen services and support structures for artists, and to build the long-term arts and cultural programming capacity of organizations within Native American communities.Examples of Eligible Initiatives: seeding new, or strengthening existing, networks or service organizations whose mission is focused primarily on the arts; developing a strategic or business plan; salaries for new arts program staff position(s); establishing an arts and/or cultural program in a service organization.   Please note:  This category is not intended to support general operating, but can support expansion efforts.

MINI-GRANTS Grants:  up to $1,000.Purpose: To support arts and cultural traditions based activities, cultural events and educational programs within Native American communities.Examples of Eligible Projects:  one-time, a series or on-going activities, such as pow-wows, cultural activities, gatherings, educational programs, classes and workshops.Grant PeriodJuly 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013

Application Workshops: 25 Van Ness Ave, San FranciscoNovember 16, 2011 from 5:00-7:00pm; Suite 140December 1, 2011 from 3:00-5:00pm; Suite 70January 6, 2012 from 12:00-2:00pm; Suite 70

If you have further NAACT guideline and application questions, contact Jaime Cortez, naact411@gmail.com.

Please email your workshop rsvp to naact411@gmail.com.

For more information, visit the San Francisco Arts Commission's website at http://www.sfcommission.org.