Since 2008, the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Donor Circle for the Arts has supported emerging arts organizations working to expand arts opportunities for the diverse cultural communities of the region.
Through the program, both project and general support grants are awarded to organizations dedicated to serving an underserved population, as indicated by part or the entirety of their mission. For organizations that do not meet this qualification, the grant for which they apply must be designated to a specific project that does. In addition, organization representatives must be able to meet in person with the Donor Circle for the Arts on a designated date.
The foundation has issued separate deadlines based on arts discipline:
Dance — Deadline July 1, 2019; donor circle meeting date August 14, 2019
Literary Arts — Deadline September 1, 2019; donor circle meeting date October 16, 2019
Music — Deadline January 30, 2020; donor circle meeting date March 11, 2020
Media Arts — Deadline April 30, 2020; donor circle meeting date June 10, 2020
Theater — Deadline September 1, 2020; donor circle meeting date October 14, 2020
To be eligible, applicants must be an arts groups based in Santa Clara or San Mateo county; be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (or an individual artist with a fiscal sponsor); and have an annual operating budget of no more than $1 million.
See the Silicon Valley Community Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.