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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.


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

  • 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

  • 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.)

  • Competitive applicants can demonstrate a history of: 

    • Projects that feature 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.)

    • 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

The specific dates relating to the New Works grant cycle have not been established for 2023. Applications will be accepted in the summer of 2023, but please check back here in the spring of 2023 for further details. Please visit the How to Apply page for more information.


If you have questions about application content such as project scope or type of request, please contact Jessi Misslin, Senior Program Officer, at

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