SVCREATES Local Arts Grants, offered in partnership with the County of Santa Clara, provide general operating support for small and mid-sized nonprofit arts organizations that:
  • Demonstrate artistic quality while reflecting the dynamic, diverse, and innovative character of Santa Clara County
  • 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

Application Deadline

2020 Local Arts Grants Applications have closed. Funded organizations are listed at the bottom of this page.

Application and Funding Cycle

The grant term for 2020 Local Arts Grants is July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
  • The Local Arts Grants program for 2021-2022 has been suspended. Current SVCREATES operating grantees will receive direct communication regarding grant renewal opportunities. Check back in late 2021 for information on new operating grant programs.


1. Purpose: The organization’s primary purpose must be the performance, production, or presentation of arts and cultural activities that are open and accessible to all.

2. Geography: The organization’s home base (primary business office or performance/exhibition venue/facility) must be located in Santa Clara County and the majority of your arts programming (performances, presentations, exhibitions) must take place in Santa Clara County.

3. History: The organization must have been performing, producing or presenting in Santa Clara County a minimum of 3-years prior to the term of the grant.

4. Size: The organization’s budget (total expenses of last completed fiscal year) must not exceed $2.5 million (exclusive of in-kind).

5. Tax Status: The organization must be a California non-profit corporation with a 501c3 tax-exempt certification.
  • Applicants with annual budgets under $300,000 may use a fiscal sponsor with 501c3 tax-exempt status.
  • Applicants with budgets over $300,000 must be 501c3 nonprofits.
6. The organization must have satisfied all of the reporting requirements of any previously awarded grants from SVCREATES.


  • For-profit organizations are not eligible.
  • Institutions of primary and secondary education are not eligible.
  • Local governments are not eligible.
  • Universities and colleges are limited to providing fiscal sponsorship for one arts program only. Grants may not support operating costs for the university or college, but must be applied to program and overhead costs of the applying entity.
  • Grants may not be applied toward support for political or religious purposes, fundraisers for other organizations or causes, capital improvements, the purchase of equipment or real property, or projects already completed.

2020 LAG Grantees

Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose

Aimusic School

Alliance for Youth Achievement

American Beethoven Society

Art Docents of Los Gatos

California Bach Society

Cambodian American Resource Agency

Cambrian Symphony

Cashion Cultural Legacy

Center for Literary Arts

Chamber Music Silicon Valley


City Lights Theater Company of San Jose

College of Adaptive Arts

Cupertino-Toyokawa Sister Cities Committee

Dynamics Performance Team

FUSE presents

Golden State Youth Orchestra

Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company

Local Color

Los Altos Stage Company

Los Gatos Museum Association/New Museum

Luna Park Arts Foundation

Lyric Theatre

MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino American

Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose

NoonArts and Lectures

Northside Theatre Company

Nova Vista Symphony

Opera Cultura

Orchard City Community Chorus

Pacific Art League of Palo Alto

Palo Alto Art Center Foundation

Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra

Palo Alto Philharmonic

Palo Alto Players

Peninsula Clef Hangers

Peninsula Symphony of Northern California

Peninsula Women’s Chorus

Peninsula Youth Theatre

Playful People

Poetry Center San Jose

Quadre Music Group

Rainbow Women’s Chorus

Resounding Achord Productions

Russian House Kedry

San Jose Chamber Music Society

San Jose Chamber Orchestra

San Jose Choral Project

San Jose Dance Theatre

San Jose Downtown Foundation

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

San Jose Jazz

San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

San Jose Stage Company

San Jose Taiko

San Jose Youth Shakespeare

San Jose Youth Symphony

Sangam Arts

Santa Clara Chorale

Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association

Schola Cantorum

School of Visual Philosophy

Silicon Valley African Film Festival

Silicon Valley Shakespeare


South Bay Guitar Society

South Bay Musical Theatre

Starting Arts

Steinway Society The Bay Area

Teatro Visión de San José

The Audacity Performing Arts Project

The New Ballet

The Pear Theatre

The Tabard Theatre Company

Triton Museum of Art

Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose

Voices of Silicon Valley

West Bay Opera Association

Winchester Orchestra

Works/San Jose