Niloufar Talebi, photo by Devlin Shand 

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

  • Theater, including opera

  • Music

  • Dance

 

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.​ Support for arts festivals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact foundation staff to discuss your request for festival support.

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, research and planning, or literary arts programs.  

GRANTMAKING CALENDAR

The foundation awards grants twice per year. The application timeline is below:

LEGACY GRANTS >

The 2022 Legacy application period has completed.

Please find an overview of the application for your review and planning purposes.

Interested in applying?

February 14 - March 11, 2022 - If you have not received previous Legacy Grant support and would like to learn more about the foundation's funding priorities, please email Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer.

Open Application Period

March 14 - March 25, 2022

Applications will be accepted via the grants portal during this time.

Proposals Due

Friday, March 25, 2022 - Applications are due by 5 p.m. PT.

Grant Decisions

The board will meet in late May 2022 and grants will be awarded shortly after.

NEW WORKS >

The 2022 New Works application period has completed.

Please find an overview of the application for your review and planning purposes.

Interested in applying?

If you have not received previous New Works support and would like to learn more about the foundation's funding priorities, please email Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer.

Open Application Period

July 13 - 27, 2022

Applications will be accepted via the grants portal during this time.

Proposals Due

Wednesday, July 27, 2022 

Applications are due by 5 p.m. PT.

Grant Decisions

The board will meet in late fall and grants will be awarded before year-end.