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Renowned for her love of the arts, Phyllis Wattis supported the great cultural institutions as well as individual working artists. Protecting and celebrating the Bay Area’s iconic arts community was integral to her vision. The foundation supports local organizations who offer infrastructures of support to help artists thrive in today’s Bay Area, seemingly defined by the constant of change.


Legacy Grants support Bay Area community arts organizations in San Francisco, Alameda, and Marin Counties in providing working artists with the necessary supports and services to fuel outstanding and diverse practice. This may include access to financial support, professional development, housing, and networking and career advancement opportunities.

Legacy Grants will be reviewed on an invite-only basis, focused on continued support for existing grantees. Organizations that have not received prior Legacy Grant support will not be considered. Eligible organizations will be contacted by foundation staff each year during the spring, with grant decisions issued in early summer. 

Note: Legacy grantees are not eligible to apply for New Works grants. 


​In addition to our general requirements:

  • Organizational budget not to exceed $2,500,000

  • Grants will be awarded between $10,000 - $30,000

  • If a legacy grantee is not renewed, they must wait one year before applying for a New Works grant 

  • Competitive applicants can demonstrate a history of:

    • Comprehensive support for working artists, including but not limited to residencies, direct financial support/re-granting, presenting/exhibiting opportunities, professional development and networking, and/or subsidized rehearsal or presenting space

    • Promotion of contemporary and innovative works

    • Collaboration and community-informed practices, promoting meaningful relationships between artists and their communities

    • Prioritizing support for Black, Indigenous, artists of color and those historically marginalized by persistent cultural, economic, and racial barriers

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