Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund

Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund


Whether it's a decision to add a little extra to your property tax bill by using the coupon in your homeowner's tax bill or making a donation online, everyone can make a difference for San Francisco's nonprofit arts organizations.

The City's Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund (VACF) is one of the most cost-effective ways for property owners and other individuals to support the arts. The VACF is unique because 100% of all funds donated by taxpayers and others are passed directly on to the City's arts and cultural neighborhood groups. Contributions support the very groups that make the City a wonderful place to live.

VACF funds come to the rescue when groups urgently need equipment or find themselves with emergency expenditures such as the need for safety hardware, new exit signs, wheelchair ramps, special security lighting, etc. In addition to making repairs, the fund can also help the audience experience a more technically exciting show.

Established by the Board of Supervisors in 1984, the VACF allows San Francisco property tax payers to add a contribution to their annual tax bill, or anyone at all to make a donation online, in benefit of the arts. Close to a million dollars has been collected and distributed directly to arts organizations since the fund's inception. An innovative collaboration among the Tax Collector's Office, the Board of Supervisors and the Grants for the Arts, this program aims to provide an efficient and effective way for citizens to contribute to the City's cultural activities.

"The term 'only in San Francisco often is used to identify a silly person or dumb event that any other U.S. city would be ashamed to claim as its own. Sometimes though,' only in San Francisco' connotes a unique winner. Such is the case with a modest program called the Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund. The organization makes it easy for ordinary property owners to become angels to struggling arts organizations, neighborhood centers and schools." -- Stephanie Salter, San Francisco Examiner

"The city of San Francisco makes it easy for homeowners to support art groups." -- Jon Carroll, San Francisco Chronicle

The date for new applications for VACF funding will be announced in 2015. To see a list of the most recent VACF grantees, please click here or call 415.554.6710 to request a copy.

Not a San Francisco property tax owner, but still looking to contribute?
No problem! Contributions to the VACF can be made online or by check to:

Voluntary Arts Contribution Fund
c/o Grants for the Arts
City Hall, Rm. 347
San Francisco, CA 94102

[please make check payable to "VACF"]


Creative Capacity Fund

Creative Capacity Fund

The San Francisco Arts Commission and Grants for the Arts have launched the Creative Capacity Fund — the first joint initiative of City’s two arts agencies working in partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation, a nonprofit training and financial services incubator working in California for artists and the arts field.  The Creative Capacity Fund (CCF) is a field-building initiative designed to support professional development and peer learning opportunities for San Francisco artists and arts administrators.

This initiative was launched in direct response to feedback from local arts professionals, requesting greater access to the knowledge and information resources that support and sustain healthy organizations and careers in the arts. Over the course of the next two years the Creative Capacity Fund will implement a series of capacity building programs beginning with a Scholarship Reimbursement Program that will enable eligible applicants, including individual artists and arts administrators of small and emerging arts organizations, to attend classes and workshops that will enhance their knowledge and administrative skills. In its pilot phase, the scholarship program is open to grantees of SFAC and GFTA with budgets of $250,000 and under. Scholarships will be awarded on a monthly deadline and will range up to $500 per organization and $250 per artists.

For more information on the Creative Capacity Fund, including guidelines, applications, and information on available workshops and service providers, visit www.creativecapacityfund.org.


San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Collaborative

The San Francisco Neighborhood Arts Collaborative is a joint project of Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, the San Francisco Arts Commission, the Mayor’s Community Challenge Grant Program, the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Work Force Development, the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Arts & Tourism Program of the San Francisco Travel Association.

This program was developed to provide funding for collaborative arts activities that take place within the geographic boundaries designated in each cycle. This multi-agency effort supports arts activities within some of San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods to promote the arts, businesses, schools, social service and other nonprofits located in close proximity to each other and encourages the development of mutually beneficial relationships among community stakeholders.

Up to $25,000 per collaboration is available for distribution in the form of grants and promotional support. Grants should be used to develop or further existing collaborative efforts with the aim of promoting and improving the specific neighborhoods through arts based activities and programs, as opposed to supporting the work of any one organization or entity. Such activities could include, but are not limited to:

  • Performing or visual arts programming
  • Cultural tours
  • Art in storefronts
  • Art markets
  • Development of neighborhood cultural plans
  • Banners or other marketing/branding efforts

For more information about the Neighborhood Arts Collaborative grant, please contact our office.