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FRF Offers $200,000 in Arts and Culture Grants


January 16, 2014


Media Contacts:  

Dan DeSantis, Chief Executive Officer, [email protected] 
Michelle Murphy, Programs, 559-226-5600 ext. 109; [email protected]


Fresno Regional Foundation Offers $200,000 in Arts and Culture Grants

Individual artists and organizations encouraged to apply.

Fresno, CA — The Fresno Regional Foundation (FRF) is accepting applications for its 2014 Arts and Culture Grant Cycle. The Foundation is engaging a dual strategy approach to Arts and Culture Grantmaking: $100,000 will be granted in FRF’s Arts and Culture grant cycle, and another $100,000 will be granted for pilot projects for “Engagement Pathways.” Engagement Pathways grants will go to organizations with an operating budget of $100,000 or less and individual artists.

The Arts and Culture Grant Cycle will officially open on Friday, January 17.

An in-person Information Session will take place on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Woodward Park Regional Library. In addition, a webinar Information Session will take place Wednesday, January 29, at 11:00 a.m. To register, go to and click on Grantmaking.

“New forms of art are constantly being created that change our perceptions of what we think of as art. What’s exciting with this grant cycle is that we’re seeking out smaller organizations and individuals who are experimenting with these new ideas and engaging their community in the process,” said Dan DeSantis, CEO of Fresno Regional Foundation.

FRF Arts and Culture Grantmaking
FRF serves a dynamic and multicultural population. It is important that the Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs) we support are aware of and sensitive to the diversity of the Central Valley. Therefore, FRF will fund programs that:

  • Support culturally relevant art forms that reflect and serve the Central San Joaquin Valley’s diverse population.
  • Support arts and culture activities that engage underserved community.
  • Support arts and culture activities that increase academic success.

FRF will be granting approximately $100,000 in the AC Grant Cycle. Grant amounts range from $10,000 to $55,000. Funding will be awarded for a one-year period. Due to donor restrictions, these grants must go to organizations serving Fresno County.

Pilot Projects for “Engagement Pathways”
As a result of a partnership with the James Irvine Foundation, FRF will be granting up to $100,000 for Engagement Pathway’s Pilot Projects. These grants are to fund approaches that support art experiences for more audience relevance and creating art experiences that are meaningful to more people. This special consideration will fund projects and programs that integrate three distinct engagement pathways. 

  • Engage low-income and/or ethnically diverse populations that have been traditionally underserved by arts nonprofits
  • Expand the ways community engages in the arts by making or practicing art, including the use of digital technology to produce or curate art
  • Advance the use of diverse, non-traditional spaces for arts engagement, especially in regions with few arts-specific venues

The grant amounts will range between $1,000 and $10,000. FRF will develop and host the public presentations. The counties targeted include: Fresno, Merced, Madera, Mariposa, Tulare, and Kings.

The funded projects will culminate in public presentations that create public pathways for easy access to new audiences that have been underserved by arts organizations.


To be considered for grants, applicants must submit an Organization Profile Form online by February 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. The grant application deadline is March 7, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Organizations may apply for either the Arts and Culture grants or the Pilot Project grants, but not both.

For more information about grant guidelines, information sessions, and how to apply, please contact the Program Staff at 559-226-5600 or visit and click on Grantmaking.


About the Fresno Regional Foundation
Founded in 1966, FRF improves the quality of life in the San Joaquin Valley through philanthropy. It serves Fresno, Madera, Merced, Mariposa, Tulare and Kings Counties.
FRF is the trusted link between donors and organizations investing in permanent, high-impact solutions for the San Joaquin Valley. The Foundation holds assets of over $60 million and awarded $1.5 million in competitive grants in 2013.


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