California Arts Council

State of California

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Creative Work Fund
The Walter & Elise Haase Fund

The Creative Work Fund (CWF) is inviting artists and nonprofit organizations to apply for grants for collaborative projects featuring media or performing artists. Letters of inquiry are due by December 1, 2017. Up to $600,000 will be available for grants that may range in size from $10,000 to $40,000. To assist individuals and organizations interested in applying, CWF will host a series of seminars and webinars in September and October.

Launched in 1994, the Creative Work Fund is a program of the Walter & Elise Haas Fund that also is supported by a generous grant from The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Since its inception, CWF has contributed $12.1 million to advance art-making by Northern California artists in a variety of disciplines. Grants are awarded to genuine, creative partnerships between artists and nonprofit organizations. Each year, CWF focuses on projects from two artistic disciplines; the 2017 grants will fund collaborative projects that feature media or performing artists.

Letters of inquiry, now invited, may describe projects that take many different forms, but for the December 2017 deadline they must feature a lead artist with a strong track record as a media artist or a performing artist and must involve a collaboration between that artist and a nonprofit organization. The CWF uses the following definitions in determining eligibility:

• Media artists create narrative, documentary, animated, or experimental time-based works using audio, digital, film and/or video media. Computer arts are also included in this category. (Please note that the Fund considers still photography in its visual arts category.)
• Performing artists create or execute work in dance, opera, performance art, theater, and vocal and instrumental music. (Spoken word artists should apply in the Literary Arts category in a future year.)

The CWF grant program emphasizes the creation of new work - not distribution or productions of work already developed. To be eligible to apply, the principal collaborating artists and organizations must live or be located in, for at least two years, the Northern California counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, or Sonoma.

Artists and organizations should plan projects and prepare letters of inquiry together. Letters of inquiry are due by 5 p.m. on December 1, 2017. By February 9, 2018, the CWF will invite approximately 50 detailed proposals from among those who have submitted letters. Completed applications (from those who are invited) are due April 6, 2018, and the grant awards will be announced by August 3, 2018. Grants are highly competitive and recommended to CWF by committees of accomplished panelists.

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Deadline: 12-01-2017

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