The foundation believes in the critical role artists play in our communities—challenging boundaries, creating new narratives, and reflecting on the changing tides that impact our collective experience.
The New Works program draws inspiration from the founding vision of Phyllis Wattis by supporting smaller organizations to develop unique artistic experiences. Grants support daring and diverse projects across various disciplines while celebrate the inimitable creative spirit of the Bay Area.
Project budgets must be $150,000 or below
Grants will be awarded between $5,000 - $20,000
Projects must be completed within one year of receiving funds
Priority will be given to projects featuring a majority representation of Bay Area-based artists and contributors (Please note: The foundation recognizes that many organizational staff and artists have been forced to relocate due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Artists supported through the grant are not required to currently reside within the geographic focus areas, but they should have a demonstrated history of living and working in Alameda, Marin, and/or San Francisco Counties.)
Once a grant has been awarded, recipients must complete a 12-month rest period after the completion of the project, before requesting subsequent support
(Ex: if a grant is received in November 2021, the recipient will not be eligible to apply until the November 2023 cycle.)
The application for New Works LOIs will be open from July 1 - July 16, 2021. Please visit the How to Apply page for more details.
If you have questions about application content such as project scope or type of request, please contact Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.