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 2021 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 will be awarding 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 will fund up to 75 percent of the total project budget. (For example, up to $7,500 of a $10,000 project).


Deadline: October 3, 2022 at 11:59pm

2022 applications are now open. The 2022 applications will be accepted through October 3, 2022.

Late applications will not be accepted. Incomplete application maybe deemed ineligible.

Panel Decision: Early November, 2022

You can preview the application in this PDF document. Please note that this document is intended to help applicants prepare their submission before logging into the online application portal. Click the button above to access the online application portal.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Learn more about eligibility requirements and the application process in this recording of our September 13 webinar. You can view a PDF of the webinar presentation slides here.

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.