The Donor Circle for the Arts RFP

Sparking Creativity in our Community

The Donor Circle for the Arts is proud to have granted more than $708,500 to emerging arts organizations in our region since its inception in 2008.

The Donor Circle is now accepting grant applications for 2018. Applications are due one month prior to the meeting date for each art form (see schedule below).

Eligibility criteria for arts groups requesting funding:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and individual artists with nonprofit fiscal sponsors
  • Based in Santa Clara or San Mateo counties only
  • Annual budget of $1,000,000 or less
  • Fits into one of six categories (Arts Education programs within each discipline will be considered)
    1. Theatre
    2.  Music
    3. Dance
    4. Visual Arts
    5. Media (e.g. film, digital media, etc.)
    6. Literary Arts (e.g. spoken word, poetry, etc.)
  • All or portions of the organization’s mission must be to serve an underserved population (must be more substantive than simply donating tickets to underserved groups). If the organization’s main mission does not serve an underserved population, then the grant for which they apply must be designated to a specific project that does.
  • Seeking project and/or general support grants
  • Organization representatives must be able to meet in person with the Donor Circle for the Arts on designated meeting date

Remaining 2018 Meeting Schedule:

  • Literary Arts: November 13, 2018, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (applications due September 25, 2018)

To apply, please download the RFP and follow the application instructions. Please email questions to Tobi Becerra at

Additional Resources for Arts Organizations