Pop Up Creativity Grants


Pop Up Creativity Grants will fund projects that are temporary creative experiences, installations, or objects that are accessible and/or located in public places or within public view. Projects may occur on streets, sidewalks, alleys, plazas, or interior public spaces. Projects in locations that demonstrate a need for creative experiences are eligible. These projects should be on a scale that they can be planned, developed, and executed within a 3-4 month production schedule. Projects can last for as little as one day or as long as one season.

Funds are best used for the interactive presentation of professional creative work. Payment of artist’s and/or creative’s fees is a priority. Engaging community members in art making and the art making process is encouraged, however projects that are solely designed as creative workshops will not be considered to meet the criteria. Some sample project ideas can be found in the Guidelines.


  • Support innovative creative place-making projects in micro-communities across Sonoma County
  • Support the individuals who do this work
  • Build Sonoma residents’ sense of our shared creativity
  • Increase the visibility of Creative Sonoma

Up to $5,000

Applicants may include artists, creative groups/collectives (applying under the name of a single creative leader), limited partnerships, non-profit organizations, or commercial businesses. Individual applicants must be Sonoma County residents (18 years or older) and group or business applicants must be physically located in Sonoma County. Read the extended eligibility and application requirements in the Guidelines.  


  • Innovation and Creativity of Idea
  • Feasible Timeline and Realistic Budget
  • Community Partnerships and/or Alliances
  • Potential Impact on Community
  • Completeness and Clarity of Application


Read the Guidelines, and then utilize the Application Help Tool, which contains all of the application questions and instructions. You will need to have or create an account on Submittable, our online application portal. 2019 Guidelines and Help Tool coming soon!

 2018 Pop Up Creativity Grant GUIDELINES
 2018 Pop Up Creativity Grant APPLICATION HELP TOOL



Dates for the 2019-2020 Program are coming soon!


CURRENT YEAR GRANTEES (see Upcoming Activities for grant-related event listings)
 2018 Pop Up Creativity Grantees

November 1, 2018: Peter Hassen – Values Beyond Borders discusses values with Sonoma Valley middle school students, who then use metal stencils to chalk value words on the pavement surrounding La Luz Center, creating a public art project, setting the stage for Dia de los Muertos activities the following day.

December 6, 2018: Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce – Sonoma Art Walk partners local creatives/artists, many who have no brick and mortar exhibit space, with established Sonoma Valley businesses, allowing artists to showcase and sell their work while increasing foot traffic for businesses during what is typically offseason and outside of weekend hours.

January 13, 2019: The Sitting Room  – The Local Legacies Project: Rising to Respond to the Fires brings community members of Sonoma County together to respond to the 2017 fires in a series of informal gatherings and filmed readings. While working with Sonoma Poet Laureate, Maya Khosla, the community builds towards a film featuring the responses, rebuilding, and rejuvenation of open spaces affected by the fires.

February 16, 2019: Pulse Arts, Inc. – Why the Arts Matter features three interactive events: a collaborative mural painting with live music event featuring a local visual and performing hip-hop artist; a kid-friendly, motivational hip-hop music, dance, beatbox, and spoken word poetry gathering; and a free professional photo shoot supporting an anti-bullying campaign.

March 9, 2019 The Arlene Francis Foundation – Emma Goldman Day explores the life and work of Emma Goldman in a day-long marathon of three plays, utilizing audience engagement, puppets, music, and  ensemble casts in an original theatre piece by The H.E.A.T. Collective, followed by food and discussion.

March 18-24, 2019: Alchemia – Belonging Exhibit: Increasing the Visibility of Artists with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities displays artfully designed messages of inclusion and empowerment, created by artists with intellectual and developmental disabilities, in the windows of participating businesses throughout downtown Petaluma.

Adam Sharron – Tree Limns: Light the Dark gently and dynamically illuminates the currently dark void of a midtown traffic island in Santa Rosa, using LED lighting to highlight the forms of the island, street tree trunks, branches and leaves, and references both the shifting movement patterns of the city and the rhythms of the seasons and weather.

Sam Sirdofsky – “Arts Saturation” Saturdays for a community of 245 arts-deprived seniors offers the experience of live theater, music, sing-along, soothsayers and a made-by-residents arts and crafts show, during three spaced Saturdays at an isolated senior mobile home park in North Santa Rosa. A low-cost meal will begin each event.


 2017 Pop Up Creativity Grantees


For More Information
Contact CreativeSonoma@sonoma-county.org.