Summer Arts Youth Program Grants


The County of Sonoma has established a fund to support summer arts programs for youth across the County, to be administered by Creative Sonoma. Summer Arts Youth Program Grants (SAYPG) are designed to support our creative organizations who are fostering creativity in our local youth while giving them opportunities to maintain learning while school is out of session, as well as providing opportunities to attend high quality cultural arts summer programs.


  • Support opportunities for youth to experience the arts in places convenient to their homes, schools and community centers
  • Elevate the level of support to creative organizations and individuals dedicated to fostering creativity and providing arts training programs for youth
  • Maintain learning opportunities when school is out of session
  • Support projects that address children whose ability to participate in such programs may be limited by geography, economics or disability
  • Fund student participation across the geographic regions of the County



April 24, 2019  Online Application Open

May 8, 2019  Information Session (RSVP

May 22, 2019  Application Deadline 11:59pm PT

Mid-Late June 2019  Awards Announced*

*Funding for this program depends on County of Sonoma 2019-2020 budget approval, which will not be announced until mid-June. As such, the awards announcement is currently tentative

July 1 – September 15, 2019 Funding Period



SAYPG recipients must produce a minimum of 20 hours of arts/creative programming, for students ranging in age from 6 (or entering first grade) to 18. The 2019 SAYPG Guidelines contain detailed and extended eligibility descriptions and additional considerations – please review them carefully. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be legally incorporated in the state of California as an arts-focused nonprofit and headquartered in Sonoma County, or be an arts organization with a Fiscal Sponsor
  • Be the program “owner/presenter” directly responsible for managing, overseeing and implementing ALL administrative aspects of the proposed program
  • Offer arts/creativity programming as the primary focus (51% or more) of the organization’s activities



All applications are made via Creative Sonoma’s online Submittable account. No paper-based applications will be accepted. Click on the black “Submit” button to get started. 

There are two separate applications – please choose the appropriate Submittable form and Application Help Tool (contains all the application questions and instructions; download below) for one of the following:

  • Nonprofit Arts Organizations
  • Applicants Using a Fiscal Sponsor









Email if you have questions about this grant program. 



 2019 SAYPG Grantees (pdf version)

Alexander Valley Film Society: AVFS Summer Film Camps offer three separate courses for under-resourced students in Cloverdale.

Art Escape: Art Escape will conduct five sessions of week-long summer art camps for teens and youth. Themes are: Metal & Graphite, Alternative Textiles, Eco-Printing & Cooking, Guest Artist Week, and Spanish Immersion & Art.

California Indian Museum and Cultural Center: CIMCC is conducting a week-long, Media Arts Summer Camp for Native American youth from August 5 to 9, 2019. The youth will be creating an exhibit on Pomo Power Foods with instruction in storytelling animation, finger doodling and exhibit design from Pomo artist, Meyo Marrufo.

Cazadero Performing Arts Camp: Cazadero Performing Arts Camp will award scholarships to Sonoma County residents to attend our summer sleep-away music camp in the redwoods of Western Sonoma County.

Cinnabar Theater: Summer Camp provides youth with opportunities to explore their creativity through musical theater, with each camp culminating in live performances of a Broadway musical.

Healdsburg Center for the Arts: HCA is offering eight weeks of children’s visual summer art classes from June 17 – August 9 at various locations in Healdsburg, including the Healdsburg Community Center.

The Imaginists: The Imaginists’ Paid Summer Internship Program provides excellent education/training in the theater arts, performance experience, and mentoring for Sonoma County high school juniors and seniors.

Luther Burbank Center for the Arts: Summer Camps provide 200+ Santa Rosa youth in grades 3 – 11 with free access to impactful learning in Mariachi, dance and the visual arts.

Museum of Sonoma County: Youth+Art is a summer visual arts program that fosters the natural creative abilities and leadership skills of school-age children. Youth+Art is also part of the Museum’s outreach efforts to engage youth by creating artwork for the community through participatory museum projects.

Main Stage West: Teens, ages 14 – 18, work with seasoned theater professionals to research, write and perform an original play about the subject of gun violence. Students participate in daily classes focused on writing, improvisation, scene work, life stories, interviews, music and media to create their own theatrical response.

Raizes Collective: Raizes Collective Art Labs is a project in which diverse artists and cultural workers facilitate 2-3 hour workshops exposing underserved youth to creative art forms to engage, inspire and address the public health issues caused by toxic stress and social inequities.

Santa Rosa Symphony: Santa Rosa Symphony’s Summer Music Academy brings together young musicians of every skill level and background, ages 5-23, for three weeks of immersive training with accomplished professional musicians.

Sonoma Conservatory of Dance: Sonoma Conservatory of Dance Summer Dance Camp provides intensive training in movement for 8-18 year olds who have intermediate-through-advanced dance experience.

Sonoma Valley Museum of Art: all Summer Studio Art Camp sessions will offer multi-disciplinary art immersion. Students will create a variety of artworks, focusing on ecology, environment, and photography, and fuse these explorations with music and dance.

Transcendence Theater Company: Transcendence’s multicultural Teaching Artists will provide weekly, bilingual, free performing arts workshops at 10 Sonoma County community-based organizations serving approximately 500 youth ages 6-18, the majority of whom are low-income.



 2018 SAYPG Grantees

 2017 SAYPG Grantees

 2016 SAYGP Grantees

 2015 SAYPG Grantees