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 $5000

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. The Pop Up Creativity Grant application will appear in the list of open grants on 12:00am on July 2, 2018. Click on the black Submittable button to get started. 

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



July 2, 2018: Online Application Entry Opens in Submittable

July 17, 2018: Grant Info Session

August 2, 2018: Application Workshop (register HERE)

August 15, 2018:  Application Deadline

Mid-September 2018:  Awards Announced

October 2018 – March 2019:  Funding period



Jill Valavanis: creating a Love Letter Art Walk, a free art-making event in The Springs area of Sonoma Valley – Love Letter Art Walk | September 9

Jake Ward: a “”block party”” style music and art festival located at the Roseland Village Neighborhood Center featuring all Roseland-based artists – Roseland Community Festival | October 1

Mark Lowe: My Life: In 90 Seconds or Less invites independent and amateur filmmakers to create their video self-portrait – My Life: in 90 Seconds or Less | October 8

The Village Builders: creating a mobile exchange booth and traveling art station using a repurposed phone booth on a trailer – Creation Station | October 22

Womb Space Collaborative Arts: imagining the Roseland neighborhood’s past, present, and future via love letters of visual and written language and addressed to the community in a public celebration – DEAR SANTA ROSA: Love Letters to a Place | November 4

Della Fattoria: Petalumagic City will be a temporary public artwork and social sculpture on view at The Della Lounge – Petalumagic City | January 2018

Nicoletta Camerin: working with middle school youth to photograph and interview the Mexican Community in Boyes Hot Spring, telling their stories and showing how valuable and essential their work and culture are in our society – La Nuestra Gente | Fall 2017

Judy Kennedy: yarn-bombing the 50 bike racks located in Courthouse Square with colorful hand-crocheted sleeves – December 2017 – February 2018


For More Information
Contact Samantha Kimpel, samantha.kimpel@sonoma-county.org or Kristen Madsen, kristen.madsen@sonoma-county.org