Pop Up Creativity Grants


ATTENTION: The scope of projects supported by this grant has been more closely defined, and has changed slightly from the 2017 and 2018 programs. Please note highlighted sections (marked as “UPDATED”) in the Guidelines and Application Help Tool.

Pop Up Creativity Grants are an opportunity for Sonoma County residents to propose temporary creative enhancement or engagement projects on streets, sidewalks, alleys, plazas, or public spaces (interior or exterior) where creativity is occasional or absent.

All projects should be temporary objects, installations, or experiences that are FREE to the community and appropriately sited in public places or within public view. These projects should be on a scale that they can be planned, developed, and executed within a 2-5 month production schedule. Projects must occur during the funding period of January 1 – June 30, 2020, and can last for as little as one day or may span the entire funding period.

Funds are best used for the interactive presentation of professional creative work, and payment of artists 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.


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


The 2019 grant cycle has closed. Watch for more information about the 2020 cycle in late winter or early spring 2020. 


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. Carefully read the extended eligibility and application requirements in the Guidelines.  


All applications are rated on the following five criteria:

  • Innovation and creativity of idea
  • Community partnerships and/or alliances
  • Potential impact on community
  • Feasible timeline and realistic budget
  • Completeness and clarity of application


Read the Guidelines thoroughly and then utilize the Application Help Tool which contains all of the application questions and instructions. No handwritten or paper-based applications will be accepted. Applicants will need to have – or to create – an account in Submittable, our online application portal. Materials for the 2020 grant cycle will be available in spring 2020. 

 2019 Pop Up Guidelines
 2019 Pop Up Application Help Tool
 2019 COMBINED Pop Up Guidelines and Application Help Tool


CURRENT YEAR GRANTEES (see Upcoming Activities for grant-related event listings)
To be announced in late October 2019

 2018 Pop Up Creativity Grantees
 2017 Pop Up Creativity Grantees


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