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ADVANCING ARTS LEADERSHIP THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The Quick Grant program was launched in 2009 by a consortium of California arts funders to strengthen the work of artists and arts administrators by improving access to information and professional development resources. Since then, the program has continued to strengthen the support system for California arts and culture producers and administrators by providing professional development grants.

The Quick Grant program awards reimbursement funds to San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit arts organizations and artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers in the state of California to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and work with consultants, coaches, and mentors in order to build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization, arts practice, or area of cultural production.

Please note that ineligible activities are those focused on artistic development or art teaching methods/techniques. Examples of ineligible activities may include: craft technique classes; art theory/history courses; presenting projects, papers, or performances in a gallery or at a festival or conference; residencies; creating or completing an existing art project, etc. In addition, capacity building activities proposed by artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, or cultural producers to support the operations of a nonprofit organization or arts administrative role are ineligible. Likewise, organizational staff should not discuss how the proposed activity will support their individual art or cultural practice. Finally, we cannot fund activities that begin less than 30 days after the application deadline. See Quick Grant Guidelines and FAQs below for more information.

PURPOSE

The Quick Grant program provides professional development funds to San Francisco Bay Area arts organizations and artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers in the state of California to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and work with consultants, coaches, and mentors in order to build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization, arts practice, or area of cultural production. AWARDS Artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers meeting eligibility requirements may receive one annual award of up to $600 in reimbursement funding to participate in approved professional development activities.

ELIGIBILITY

The Quick Grant program is supported by a joint consortium of California arts funders. Eligibility criteria may therefore vary slightly by region. Artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, cultural producers, and nonprofit arts organizations may apply if they meet the eligibility criteria for any of the Quick Grant program’s funding partners as follows:

Artists, Creatives, Cultural Practitioners, & Cultural Producers

● Artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers living in the state of California (demonstrated by resume); and/or
● Current San Francisco Arts Commission individual grantees; and/or
● Individuals who have applied to the California Community Foundation Visual Arts Fellowship since July 2012 but have not received a fellowship, with a preference for applicants of color and/or applicants from Antelope Valley, Pomona, San Fernando Valley, Southeast LA, and Long Beach.

ELIGIBLE COSTS

Funding may be used to reimburse part or all of the following expenses after Quick Grant approval:

● Travel and hotel expenses, if the workshop, festival, or conference occurs outside a 60- mile radius of applicant’s primary address
● Registration fees for conferences, festivals, workshops, and trainings
● Fees to engage a facilitator, executive coach, mentor, career counselor or other consultant, in order to build administrative and business skills* (See note below)

Ineligible expenses include:
● Activities focused primarily on creative or artistic skill development or art teaching methods/techniques (please see the online Quick Grant FAQs for more information)
● Funding to offset applicant’s regular salary or wages or fees for temporary/contract employees
● Funding to offset general operating expenses
● Capacity building activities proposed by artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, or cultural producers to support the operations of a nonprofit organization or a role in arts administration, and vice versa, capacity building activities proposed by organizational staff to support an individual art or cultural practice (please see the online Quick Grant FAQs for more information)
● Activities that begin less than one month after the nearest application deadline (applications are due on the 15th of each month). For example, if you apply by the May 15 deadline—between April 16 and May 15—the activity cannot begin until after June 15.
● Funding to offset fees associated with college tuition or for college credit activities Grant requests will be awarded on a competitive basis, as long as funds are available for a given month.

While not required, priority will be given to applicants who:
● Have not already received support through the Quick Grant program

(More information via the application link)