Alameda County offers grants to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations

The Alameda County Arts Relief Grant Program assists nonprofit arts and cultural organizations affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is managed by the Office of the Alameda County Arts Commission under the leadership of Alameda County Auditor-Controller Melissa Wilk and the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

The Arts Relief Grant Program will award grants between $5,000 – $25,000 to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations. Award amounts will be based on the organization’s budget size and demonstrated need. Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations providing arts programs and services in the areas of visual art, dance, theater, music, literature, poetry, cultural traditions, and other related forms of arts, culture and creativity. This grant program is intended to provide support for expenses and income loss from business interruption due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 through December 30, 2020. This is a granting program and therefore repayment of the funds will not be required.

The Program Guidelines, including all eligibility and application requirements, and a link to the online application can be found at the Arts Commission website

Applications will be accepted online beginning Friday, October 30 and ending on Friday, November 20, 5:00 pm.

For all questions or assistance with the application, please contact the Alameda County Arts Commission Director Rachel Osajima via email at

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