Our Grants

Arts Education Innovation Grants 

We believe that everyone deserves a full, vibrant creative life and that access to a high-quality arts education for young people builds the foundation necessary to foster such a life. Unfortunately, access to arts education is not always equitable. We seek to address these disparities and expand access to typically underserved students with a grants program open to arts and cultural organizations that share our commitment to equity. This grant is funded in partnership with the Community Foundation Sonoma County. 

Arts Education Framework Planning Grants (Now Open: January 22, 2020 Deadline)

An education in the arts is an essential and necessary part of every student’s development. The arts provide experiences that build confidence, character, creativity, and camaraderie. Funded by the Sonoma County Office of Education, these grants will allow schools and districts to get the help they need to make arts education an essential component of their plans to create a better future for their students. 

Cultural Arts Grants

The County of Sonoma has established a fund to be administered by Creative Sonoma during the 2019-2020 fiscal year to support cultural arts activities across Sonoma County. Funds will be awarded for activities – ranging from regular programming to special events – that occur between November 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.

Discovered Awards for Emerging Visual and Literary Artists 

Respect, credibility and visibility for some of Sonoma County’s lesser known visual and literary artists are the goals of the Discovered program. Five visual artists and five literary artists will be recognized through a cash award, an exhibition, public readings, and a professionally designed catalogue and anthology awardees’ visual and literary work. This grant is funded in partnership with the Community Foundation Sonoma County, with additional funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Next Level Grants for Musicians 

We all benefit from the gift of music – whether at a community breakfast, in the concert hall, or through the solitary solace of ear buds.  Helping our local musicians advance their careers to the level that they can continue to make us happy while making themselves money is the purpose of the Next Level Grants. This program is funded, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Pop Up Creativity Grants

Is creativity visible in your community? Do you have ideas for ways to infuse creativity in surprising or new ways into its fabric? This opportunity will fund projects that are temporary creative experiences, installations, or objects that are accessible and/or located in public places or within public view. Individuals, organizations and companies may apply. 

Summer Arts Youth Program Grants

Throwing open the windows of possibility for young people is a remarkable and rewarding opportunity and the arts are uniquely suited to this purpose.  Providing summer arts programs for Sonoma youth helps them explore their own interests, identity and expression and the results have the power to improve our communities.

Teaching Artist Residencies

Creative Sonoma offers free teaching artist residencies to Sonoma County K-12 public and charter schools through December 2019, or as funds allow. The residencies are based on best practices of trauma-informed arts instruction to build resilience and encourage empathy. These residences are funded in partnership with the Sonoma County Office of Education. 



Recovery & Response Grants 

In response to the 2017 Northern California Wildfires, Creative Sonoma initiated multiple grant opportunities for creatives and creative organizations and businesses, including the Creative Sonoma Recovery Fund for Physical and Economic Loss, the Teaching Artist Residencies, the Arts Response Grant for Organizations, and the Individual Professional Advancement Grants.