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FOR GRANTSEEKERS

Drawing inspiration from the vision of Phyllis Wattis and her legacy of support for the arts in the Bay Area, the Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation remains committed to funding the creation of both the fine and performing arts through its New Works grants program, as well as organizations providing direct support to individual artists through its Legacy Grants program. The foundation prioritizes support for smaller, independent arts organizations presenting challenging and cutting-edge works. 

The general requirements for eligibility are:

  • Organizations and artists that work in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco counties

  • Public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization

Grants are made in support of the following practices:

  • Visual Arts, including the exhibition of painting and sculpture

  • Performance, including opera and theater works

  • Music

  • Dance

  • Other, including festivals 

 

Organizational support is provided for arts organizations and intermediary programs providing support for individual artists, this can include access to financial support, professional development, networking and career advancement opportunities.​

The foundation will not fund: organizations whose overall budget is greater than $2.5 million dollars, capital expansion, endowment funds, seed grants, scholarships, direct individual awards, or research and planning.  

GRANTMAKING CALENDAR

The foundation awards grants twice per year. Beginning in 2020, each grant cycle will focus on a dedicated program area – New Works  and Legacy Grants. The following outlines the grantmaking calendar:
 

LEGACY GRANTS >

March 2 – April 1, 2020

Proposals will be accepted between March 2 – April 1, 2020. The deadline to submit will be 5:00 PM PST on April 1, 2020.

Please review the How to Apply page for detailed submission instructions and information about accessing our online application system.

 

June 2020
Grant decisions will be issued. 

NEW WORKS >

July 6 – August 7, 2020
Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) will be accepted between July 6 - August 7, 2020. The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm PST on August 7, 2020.

Please review the How to Apply page for detailed submission instructions and information about accessing our online application system.


Invitations to submit full proposals will be issued by September 3, 2020 and applicants will have until the deadline of 5:00 pm PST on October 2, 2020 to submit proposals.
 

December 2020
Grant decisions will be issued.

 

Grant Period
Projects awarded New Works grants must be produced within one calendar year from the date of grant receipt.