ACNV Winter 23 Grants NOW OPEN!

Arts Council Napa Valley Opens Winter 2023 Community Fund Applications

Arts Council Napa Valley (ACNV) calls all Napa County artists, performers, makers, cultural practitioners, writers, groups, small arts & culture nonprofits, and creatives to submit their ideas for amazing community projects and programs! We support all kinds of endeavors, such as research and development of projects you want to bring to the local community, workshop facilitation, public performances & exhibitions, cultural festivals, and many other kinds of events, projects, and programs.

If you’re inspired to bring your work to the community of Napa County, apply for ACNV’s Community Fund Grant. All you need to do is tell us what kind of community project or program you’d create if you had $5,000 to make it happen*.

The Community Fund grant application starts with a passion pitch. You tell us what you want to do with the grant in as much detail as you can via written response, video/audio link, or virtual meeting, and our preliminary panel, comprised of our Board of Directors, will review your pitch based on these criteria:

  • Impact & Merit (7 points): How and for whom does your project/program serve in the Napa County community.
  • Community Outreach & Engagement (7 points): Your plans for marketing and engagement, public service or enrichment, and efforts to reach and include underserved communities in Napa County. 
  • Arts Council Values (6 points): How your idea prioritizes innovation, inclusivity, collaboration, integrity, strategy, fun, and improvement of Napa County through arts and culture.
  • Capacity to Administer, Implement, and/or Plan and Develop the Project (6 points): Your ability to run, implement, and gather support for your idea or create a realistic & achievable plan if you’re proposing a research project.
  • Completeness and Clarity of Application (4 points): How easily understandable, realistic, and achievable the project’s vision, goals, and plans are as written.

Try to give us as much detail as you can about your idea in this phase so that the panel can determine how realistic, community-serving, and impactful your idea will be. While it’s not required, if you have a plan in place or timeline in mind, it’s helpful to share that in this phase to give the panel the clearest possible vision of your project or program. The preliminary panel’s reviews will decide who moves forward to fill out a formal proposal on Submittable in the second and final phase of the application process.

We require written responses, video links, or audio recording links to all be submitted via this form. Videos and audio recordings are limited to 1-4 minutes, and must be provided via a link to either a video or shareable online file, and written answers must be between 300-1,500 words (1-3 pages) long. Pitches are due by 5:00 PM on November 10, 2023.

Note: We do NOT fund…

  • 501c3 nonprofits with a general operating budget of over $100,000
  • Any businesses and for-profit organizations
  • Individuals who do not live or work in Napa County
  • Groups, troupes, and organizations that do not operate in or serve those in Napa County

If you’re interested in having a virtual meeting to propose your idea, email to schedule a one-on-one meeting with our Programs Manager, Crysta.

We can’t wait to see what amazing ideas you want to bring to Napa County!

ATTENTION: *This proposal does NOT guarantee funding. Proposals selected to move forward by our panelists will complete the Phase Two application for a final community-based panel recommendation.

For all other questions, please contact us at or call (707) 257-2117.

Important Dates:

  • Applications Open: 10/16/2023
  • Application Deadline: 11/10/2023 @ 5:00 pm
  • Application Decision Notification: 12/1/2023


Photo via CF grant recipient Kara Harrington – Project: OUR RAD Wall

About the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is a nonpartisan, private charitable foundation that advances ideas and supports institutions to promote a better world.

For more than 50 years, we have supported efforts to advance education for all, preserve the environment, improve lives and livelihoods in developing countries, promote the health and economic well-being of women, support vibrant performing arts, strengthen Bay Area communities and make the philanthropy sector more effective.

About Arts Council Napa Valley

​As the official local arts agency in Napa County, Arts Council Napa Valley connects, advocates, and leads the arts community countywide. Since 1981 the Arts Council has served to benefit all residents with a more sustainable, accessible, and quality local arts scene.  Since the adoption of the Napa County Cultural Plan in 2009, it has organized policy initiatives like the City of Napa Percent for Art Ordinance. The Arts Council also offers programs and support, like the Napa Valley Creative Directory, ACNV Community Fund, and VAPA Student of the Month program to empower the industry through education, information, and resources.