The Arts Loan Fund (ALF) 

ALF is a collaborative program of the members of Northern California Grantmakers, a regional association of grantmakers. It provides quick-turnaround, low-cost financial assistance to arts organizations located in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Sonoma counties.

It has loaned over $19 million in the past thirty years as a way to boost the sustainability and growth of nonprofit art and cultural organizations. Current loan products: Arts Education Loan, Secured Bridge Loan, Benefit or Performance Loan, New Revenue Loan, Quick Qualifier Loan and Unsecured Cash Flow Loan.

The Arts Loan Fund website has a great resources page for arts organizations with links to information on nonprofit displacement, workshops and webinars, funding opportunities and other useful tools and contacts.

Questions about where to start? Contact C2Arts Associate, Margaret Southerland of Padma Consultingwho serves as consultant to the Arts Loan Fund.

Arts Loan Fund Application Deadlines 2017
Application Deadline    Decision Made    
July 24, 2017                 August 10, 2017
August 28, 2017            September 14, 2017
September 25, 2017     October 12, 2017
October 30, 2017          November 9, 2017
November 27, 2017      December 14, 2017

The Center for Cultural Innovation
  • Creative Capacity Fund Quick Grants have a rolling deadline of 15th of every month and provide funds for individual artists and arts managers to obtain scholarships to work with consultants, coaches or to attend workshops, seminars and conferences.
  • California Arts Leaders Investments (CALI) Grants for emerging arts leaders also have a rolling deadline of the 15th of every month and provide funding for outward-facing leadership opportunities such as writing reports, sitting on panels, and presenting research findings at conferences.

C2Arts Associate Amy Kweskin can help answer questions about these grants.

Intersection for the Arts

Provides a calendar of grant deadlines listed by month.

Theatre Bay Area

CA$H (Creative Assistance for the Small (Organization) and Hungry (Artist) Theatre Grants provides vital financial support to individual theatre artists and small, professionally-oriented companies with operating budgets under $100,000. CA$H | Theatre is an entirely artist-driven granting program. Each cycle, a panel of five artists and administrators is assembled to review the applications and make all granting decisions. Panelists go through rigorous training to assure equitability.