The San Mateo County Arts Commission connects, convenes and champions the arts. To further its mission, the Arts Commission allocates the majority of its funds to provide support to arts organizations located in San Mateo County and to educators at Title 1 schools in San Mateo County.


The Arts Commission provides funds to assist arts organizations in building a strong presence in the community, growing audiences and expanding services and programs to the community and to children in grades K-12 and to educate and expose county residents to a wide range of artistic and cultural expression. Requests may be made up to $10,000.

The goals are to: 

  • Build greater managerial and fiscal capacity of county arts organizations 
  • Encourage increased public participation by residents and visitors in events, programs, and services offered by arts organizations in the County 
  • Increase access to the benefits of arts learning for K-12 public school students

Local Arts Grants: All Categories

  • Application Available: February 25, 2019
  • Application Due: April 1, 2019 
  • Public Panel Review: May 2-3, 2019
  • Grant Award Notification: May 20, 2019 

(Organizations may apply in ONLY ONE category)


Project/Program Support may be used to present free or low-cost performances, screenings, exhibitions, educational services, festivals, literary readings, workshops, and seminars or other services; and to make diverse cultural arts programs broadly accessible to residents of San Mateo County.


Organizational Support provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. General operating support grants may be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, etc., as well as for project costs, and professional development. This grant does not fund any capital expenditures that will extend beyond the grant period such as technology purchases. Applicants are required to submit a written two-year organizational plan and a CDP report. 

For the organizational grant, please use these links.

First-time users register at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=563&refProgType=all

Returning users login at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/login.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=563&refProgType=all

For the Program/Project grant, please use these links. 

First-time users register at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=564&refProgType=all

Returning users login at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/login.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=564&refProgType=all


For any application related questions, please contact Amisha Motipara, Arts Commission Manager at artscommission@smcgov.org.