Grants for the Arts’ Grantee Meeting: Call and Response

Grants for the Arts' Annual Fall Community Meeting is a free, invite-only event where current grantees will learn about the results of the recent needs assessment the agency undertook to better serve its constituents, in addition to the impact of Prop E.

Since its inception in 1961, Grants for the Arts (GFTA) has distributed over $320 million to hundreds of nonprofit cultural organizations in San Francisco. In FY 18 nearly $10.9M was shared by 213 cultural groups and arts activities. This economic investment in diverse arts and cultural organizations enhances our City’s attractiveness to visitors, and provides employment and enrichment to residents.

Proposition E is a local ballot measure in San Francisco that proposes a reallocation of 1.5 percent of the existing 8 percent base hotel tax from the general fund to arts and cultural services.

Attendees of this event will learn why Prop E and GFTA's recent needs assessment will be an important factor for the future arts and culture in San Francisco for years to come.

Partners

Grants for the Arts

Established through a combination of City and State legislation, Grants for the Arts (GFTA) has evolved into a national model of arts funding with annual revenue derived from the hotel tax portion of the City’s General Fund. This economic investment in diverse arts and cultural organizations enhances our City’s attractiveness to visitors, and provides employment and enrichment to residents.

GFTA’s mission is to promote the City by supporting the arts. This is accomplished by supporting arts organizations’ general operating expenses; there is no limit to the number of years a group can continue to receive funds. GFTA strives to be a stable, dependable resource for organizations who successfully meet its funding criteria, and is committed to supporting the full spectrum of arts organizations in San Francisco, including, for example, the nation’s first international film festival; the oldest continuously performing ballet company in the country; an internationally acclaimed symphony; nationally recognized gay and lesbian theatre; the leading presenters of contemporary performance in the Bay Area; and an array of festivals celebrating the heritages of the City’s myriad cultures.

Now, and in the future, Grants for the Arts seeks to contribute meaningfully to the presentation and enhancement of existing art forms, while cultivating artistic experimentation and the expansion of San Francisco’s dynamic cultural panorama.