Arts and Culture for Social and Racial Justice

Artist Requirements

Eligibility Requirements For Artists

  • Individuals applying must not have been an EBFA awardee during the 2020 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 EBFA presentation or view a webinar, if a new EBFA 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

EBCF’s East Bay Fund for Artists Initiative will be awarding grants of $1,000-$16,000 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.

EBFA will fund up to 75 percent of the total project budget. (For example, EBFA will fund up to $7,500 of a $10,000 project).

EBFA Review Process

Deadline: October 4, 2021 at 11:59pm

Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete application maybe deemed ineligible
If you have any questions please contact Anyka Barber at or email

Panel Decision: Late November, 2021

The 2021 applications will be accepted beginning August 16, 2021 through October 4, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these FAQs about the application process: EBFA Frequently Asked Questions
If you have other questions, please email EBFA at

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