Guidelines and Application Instructions


Organizational Impact Grants are intended to help small arts organizations in Santa Clara County strengthen internal systems, structures and approaches to supporting their artistic mission and programs.

Are you coming into the new year ready to tackle an organizational challenge, to reimagine an organizational strategy, or test a new approach to revenue generation? Organizational Impact Grants provide targeted, one-time funding to support organizations in building internal capacity. Awards provide an opportunity for organizations to give focussed attention to a particular area of need, working either internally or with the support of outside consultants. Note, artistic programs and projects are not eligible for funding under this grant program. Nor is this grant unrestricted.

Projects may address challenges related to:

  • Fundraising
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals
  • Board Development
  • Staff/Board Organizational Structures
  • Audience Engagement
  • Leadership transitions

This grant is made possible through SVCREATES funding partnership with Applied Materials Foundation.


Open to organizations who’ve received one or more grants (of any type, eg. Operating, Access, Technical Support, or Relief & Recovery) from SVCREATES in the past three years. Organizational Impact Grants will be competitive and limited by available funding. Partial funding may be awarded.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Eligible organizations will be based in Santa Clara County (eg. have a primary performance, exhibition, or office space in the county and serve primarily Santa Clara County residents).
  • Eligible organizations will have 501(c)(3) status or a qualified fiscal sponsor.
  • Eligible organizations will have received one or more grants from SVCreates in the past three years.
  • Eligible organizations will have annual operating expenses of $750,000 or less, based on an average of the past three completed fiscal years.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Project supports/advances organization mission or activities.
  • Application clearly articulates an organizational challenge.
  • Project description includes a thoughtful strategy for addressing/exploring the identified challenge.
  • Organizational readiness and capacity to complete the project within funding scope and timeframe.

Application Guidelines

Organizational Impact Grant applications will open on January 13, 2023. See sidebar for key dates.

Applicants will complete and submit applications through SVCREATES online application portal. A pdf of the application is available for preview in the sidebar to the right.

  • Application requirements include a project description and goals, identification of project leader/director, and a project budget.
  • Applicants may request up to $7,500
  • Applications will be reviewed by SVCREATES staff and a panel of community leaders.

Reporting Requirements

Within 60 days of completion of the project, or by August 1, 2024 (whichever is sooner) grantee will provide a short narrative noting the results of the project, what was accomplished and what was learned; and how funds were expended.


Preview a PDF of the Application

Key Dates:

  • Application Opens: January 13, 2023
  • Program Department Q&A Office Hours: 
    - January 23 from 10am - 11am | Join Zoom
    - January 25 from 2pm - 3pm | Join Zoom
  • Deadline: February 17, 2023 at 5pm
  • Award Period: April 1, 2023 - June 30, 2024
  • Final Report Deadline: August 1, 2024

If you have questions about this program or application, please contact SVCREATES Program Manager, Alyssa Erickson.

Alyssa Erickson
408-998-2787 ext. 204