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Farah Yasmeen Shaikh | EnActe Arts | Photo: Brooke Duthie

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Overview of Application Process

In 2024, the Creative Work Fund is using a one-stage, streamlined application process.

Application window opens (February 5, 2024)
Bay Area artists and organizations of all kinds are invited to submit an application to support collaborations that create new work.
Grantseeker Registration (February - April 2024)
Once you know who your collaborating partners will be, avoid the rush and complete a brief applicant eligibility quiz and request a grantseeker account at the Creative Work Fund application portal. These steps are easy to complete, but it takes the Fund a day or two to confirm your eligibility and assign your user name and password. Don’t wait until the last minute.
Applicant Information Webinars (February - March 2024)
Optional application webinars for potential Creative Work Fund applicants are offered in advance of a call for Letters of Inquiry. Applicants are not required to attend a webinar, but are encouraged to do so—especially if they are unfamiliar with the Fund.
Deadline for Applications: April 2, 2024
Organizations and artists should jointly prepare and submit an application (including a budget). The lead artist should submit a professional resume and a work sample.

Applications must be received no later than Noon on Tuesday, April 2, 2024.

Reader Review (April - May 2024)
Applications are read by community readers. They comment on and score applications using this shared tool. After discussion of all the reader reviews, 40-50 collaborations are selected for panel review.
Applicants are notified via email whether their application is advancing to panel review or being declined.
Panel Review (May - June 2024)
A community panel convenes to read and discuss the proposals forwarded by readers and use a shared ranking system to arrive at 12-15 grant recommendations for the collaborating funders to consider.
Notification of Awards: June 28, 2024
The Creative Work Fund will notify applicants via email. Grants will be awarded to collaborating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, not directly to collaborating artists.
Deadline for MOU & Grant Acceptance: August 28, 2024
Key participants in each awarded project must prepare and sign a memorandum of understanding. Lead artists and their collaborating organizations also must sign and return their award letters. Grants are paid to the collaborating 501(c)(3) organizations soon after signed paperwork is received.
Final Report
Final reports are due three months after the project ending date. Grantees must submit two final reports (one prepared by the artist and one by the organization), describing the project and how they used the grant funds. Final reports should document the finished projects through online media, fixed media, publications, or other appropriate medium.