Arts and Culture for Social and Racial Justice

Artist Requirements

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Eligibility Requirements For Artists

  • Individuals applying must not have been an East Bay Fund for Artists awardee during the previous calendar year.
  • You must live in Alameda or Contra Costa County.
  • Commission must support a new work or a new interpretation of a traditional form
  • Artist(s) must have a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor. You must submit a signed fiscal sponsorship agreement with your application.
  • Funding must be allocated to lead artists’ fees only.
  • We require an East Bay presentation of your work.
  • Attend an East Bay Fund Artists presentation or view a webinar, if a new applicant.
  • Artists from all artistic disciplines are welcome to apply (filmmakers must have budgets under $50,000 or show other significant support for the project).

If you have any questions about eligibility, send an email to:

Grant Size

The East Bay Fund for Artists at East Bay Community Foundation (EBCF) Initiative awards grants of $5,000-$25,000 for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Awardees must hold a public presentation of their work within a year of receiving the grant award.

The East Bay Fund for Artists funds up to 75 percent of the total project budget. (For example, up to $7,500 of a $10,000 project).


2023 applications are now closed. Awardees will be announced later this year.

Panel Decision: Early November 2023

Review Panelists

The Fund’s peer readers and panelists will be cultural leaders and activists who understand the historical grounding and cultures of a wide range of BIPOC communities in Oakland. In assembling the readers and panelists, the Fund has a goal of creating a thoughtful mix of racial, ethnic, age, and gender considerations that is inclusive of LGBTQ+ people of color.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these FAQs about the application process: East Bay Fund for Artists Frequently Asked Questions

If you have other questions, please email East Bay Fund for Artists at

*Funds for the East Bay Fund for Artists have been generously supported by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the East Bay Community Foundation and our generous individual donors.