Arts and Equity Fellowship Grant

OVERVIEW AND OBJECTIVES

The Arts and Equity Fellowship Grants program will support up to six emerging creative artists and leaders – who work within communities of color – with grant funds and training to increase the impact of their work. The program is designed to promote cultural awareness and understanding of the diverse racial and ethnic communities that comprise Sonoma County. 

The program will include three components:

  1. Grants to pursue their art work and/or leadership development
  2. Training – a series of workshops and mentoring sessions on topics to help participants be more effective in their work (up to 40 hours of training over 6-8 months)
  3. Stipends to attend the training and offset costs associated with it (time off from work, child care costs, etc.)

Additional benefits will include networking opportunities with: 

  • Other Fellowship cohort members
  • Workshop presenters and program staff
  • Other nonprofit organizations, as available
  • Other community businesses and leaders, as available 

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Application Opens:  September 15, 2021
  • General Info  & Application Workshops:  October 13, 2021 (12pm or 7pm, simulcast Spanish interpretation provided)
  • Application DEADLINE:  November 3, 2021 11:59pm PT
  • Funding Notification:  November 30, 2021
  • Funding Period:  December 2021 – May 2022
  • Minimum $5,000 / maximum $6,500 grant for advancing their art work or leadership. This can include new creative work, documentation of new or existing work through their chosen media, registration and submission fees to art fairs, festivals, conferences, and trainings, creating social media sites to promote their work or organization, etc.
  • Minimum $1,250 / maximum $1,500 stipend to participate in up to 40 hours of training, over 6-8 months between December 2021 and May 2022, to offset costs including transportation, missed or rescheduled work, childcare, etc.
  • Professional development through training sessions with community experts. Training topics will be developed based on the participants’ needs but will likely include grant writing, budgeting, marketing, community engagement techniques, selling your work, etc.
  • Full-time residents of Sonoma County with work authorization in the U.S.
  • Minimum three years of experience in art or culture work prior to the application deadline.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the lived experiences of members of BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color – which includes African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American)
  • Previous work in BIPOC communities
  • Commitment to pursuing arts and culture work in Sonoma County

 

See the Guidelines document (attached under “How to Apply”) for more detailed definitions for each of the above items. 

  • Artistic and cultural resonance in and with BIPOC communities as demonstrated in application, i.e., how the community(ies) in which they work value their artistic or cultural practice
  • Potential impact that this program is likely to have on the participant, their art form, and their community (geographic, cultural, or other as defined by applicant)
  • Previous experience, training (informal or formal) and accomplishments

Read the Guidelines thoroughly and utilize the Application Help Tool which contains all of the application questions. No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants will need to have or create an account in Submittable, our online application portal. Once the application opens on September 15, 2021, it will appear on Submittable.

  • Arts & Equity Fellowship Grant Guidelines and Application Help Tool (coming soon!)

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QUESTIONS

Email CreativeSonoma@sonoma-county.org or call 707-565-6121.