PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the Legacy Grant program are not currently being accepted. If you have questions, please contact Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer, at jmisslin@pfs-llc.net. 

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 will support Bay Area community arts organizations supporting artists 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, networking and career advancement opportunities.

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

  • Grants will be awarded between $10,000–$50,000

  • Funds may be directed to organizations through general support or restricted to specific programs as long as the funding is explicitly providing direct support to working artists

  • If an artist has received funding through the New Works program, they are still eligible to benefit from direct support of Legacy Grant recipients

  • Priority will be given to organizations that promote collaboration between multiple artists, groups, and/or organizations

  • If an applicant is interested in seeking support for an arts festival, please contact foundation staff before applying

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