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San Francisco Artists Relief Fund

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Application Cycle For Individual Artists Available May 1, 2020 9:00 a.m. PST Through May 15, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PST


From March 23 to April 15, 2020, under the leadership of Mayor London N. Breed, the San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) and Grants for the Arts (GFTA) supported artists and arts organizations that anchor our already vulnerable and vitally important cultural communities with the San Francisco Arts & Artists Relief Fund. This $1.5 million Relief Fund helped mitigate COVID-19 related financial losses that these anchors of arts communities have been facing.

The City has made available an additional $250,000 to re-open this Fund for individual artists, with additional support from the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation. Renamed the San Francisco Artists Relief Fund, the Fund directly supports the financial needs of artists of historically vulnerable communities who have been impacted by the COVID-19 related economic shutdown.

The Fund prioritizes the financial needs of artists who are of and serving cultural populations that have been and remain financially vulnerable — black, indigenous, immigrant, trans, and people with disabilities. It is imperative that we do not lose their participation in shaping the County’s unique and diverse cultural identity. Individuals may apply for as much as $2,000 and use the award however they see fit. The application cycle for individual artists re-opens on May 1, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. PST; applications are accepted until May 15, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. PST.