Since its inception in 1961, Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund (GFTA) has distributed over $320 million to hundreds of nonprofit cultural organizations in San Francisco.


In 2014/15 nearly $10.3M has been allocated to groups and activities. This economic investment in diverse arts and promotional organizations enhances our City's attractiveness to visitors and provides employment and enrichment to the City's residents. Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund revenue derives from a portion of the 14% room tax levied on local hotel and motel bills.

Established through a combination of City and State legislation, and approved by the City's Board of Supervisors, GFTA has evolved into a national model of arts funding. It has a policy of supporting an arts organization's general operating expenses, and does not limit the number of years a group can continue to receive grants. The foremost goal is to be a stable, dependable base of support for organizations that continue to meet the funding criteria. The Fund is committed to supporting the broadest spectrum of the San Francisco arts community, including for example, the nation's first international film festival, the oldest continuously performing ballet company in the country, one of the premier African American theatre groups on the West Coast, an internationally acclaimed symphony, a gay and lesbian theatre with a national presence, the leading Bay Area presenters of contemporary performance, and an array of festivals celebrating the heritages of our many cultures, all adding to the City's color and excitement.

The goal of the Fund is to contribute meaningfully to the presentation and enhancement of existing art forms while assuring the ability of others to experiment, to dare, and to find new as yet untested ways of adding to our cultural panorama. We look forward to a future full of challenges - and thus, by definition, full of opportunities.

Records Retention Policy

Grants for the Arts adheres to the Mayor's Office Record Retention and Destruction policy, adopted pursuant to Chapter 8 of the San Francisco Administrative Code. For details, please see the Record Retention & Destruction Schedule.