2023 Guidelines and Application Instructions


SVCREATES operating grants, offered in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, provide general operating support for small nonprofit arts and culture organizations that:

  • Reflect the dynamic, diverse, and innovative character of Santa Clara County
  • Demonstrate commitment to equity, inclusion, and artistic vibrancy and relevance
  • Positively impact the County’s cultural ecosystem through active and sustained engagement with audiences, volunteers and artists
  • Pursue organizational sustainability in service to the local community

Note: please see SVCREATESGrant Program Glossary for words in italics.

Two-Year Application Cycle

In 2022, we established a two-year application cycle for this grant program. In 2023, we will accept applications from organizations with annual operating budgets between $10,000 and $250,000 only. This application will open on March 3, 2023. In 2024, we will accept applications from organizations with annual operating budgets between $250,001 and $1.2 million.

New applicants: if your annual budget size is greater than $250,000, you may apply in 2024.


        How to Apply

        Applications will be completed and submitted through SVCREATES online grantmaking platform.

        Application Requirements

        Narrative and data collection questions include:

        • Mission, programming, and audience details
        • Staff and Board demographics
        • Artistic/Program Work samples
        • Financial and budget data, including a financial statement for your most recently completed fiscal year

        Funding Categories for 2023

        Operating grant applicants do not request specific grant amounts. Rather, grant awards are determined by the following factors:

        • Panel ranking and funding recommendation
        • Organization’s annual operating budget
        • The amount of funds allocated for organizational support by the County of Santa Clara

        The grant award amounts represented in the chart below are based on projections for the grant cycle; changes in external economic factors impacting available County funding could shift these amounts.

        Budget Category

        Award Range

        "Middle" Award

        Award Increments

        $10K - $100K

        $2,000 - $4,000


        $2,000; $3,000; $4,000


        $4,000 - $6,000


        $4,000; $5,000; $6,000

        Review Process

        Applicants are grouped by budget size, since organizations with similar sized operating budgets share more organizational characteristics.

              Evaluation Criteria

                    • Application Opens: March 3, 2023
                    • Application Deadline: April 14, 2023
                    • Panel Review Period: May-June, 2023
                    • Award Notification: Late June-Early July 2023
                    • Payments Made: July-August 2023
                    • Grant Period: July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2024

                    Applications for 2023 Operating Grants are now closed.

                    The 2024 Operating Grant Cycle will open in March 2024—check back then for updates.

                    Preview the Application
                    Grant Program Glossary

                    2023 Grantees
                    Click here to view 2023 SVCREATES’ Unrestricted Operating Grantees

                    2022 Grantees
                    Click here
                    to view 2022 SVCREATES' Unrestricted Operating Grantees

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

                    Alyssa Erickson
                    408-998-2787 ext. 204

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