The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation celebrates the critical role artists play in creating a thriving Bay Area, and the equally important support provided by arts organizations in helping sustain artists and their creative work.

Beginning in 2020, the foundation will organize its grantmaking in two distinct strategies: New Works, providing project-based support for small arts organizations creating timely, original works and Legacy Grants, funding organizations whose missions focus on empowering Bay Area-based working artists.

Organizations serving the Bay Area communities of San Francisco, Alameda, and Marin counties are eligible to apply. 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, or research and planning.  

Shotgun Players, photo by Cheshire Isaacs

Sean Dorsey Dance, photo by Lydia Daniller

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