The Rainin Foundation’s arts funding strengthens the Bay Area as a center for experimentation in the arts; addresses key issues that impede the sector’s ability to thrive; and elevates the visibility of the Bay Area’s creative sector. Our arts grantmaking includes the following programs:

NEW Program

Project support for new and experimental works by small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations. Learn more.

Impact Program

Multi-year capacity building grants for small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations that have previously received support through our NEW Program. Learn more.

Open Spaces Program

To support temporary place-based public art projects in Oakland and San Francisco that engage communities, demonstrate artistic experimentation and energize public spaces. Learn more.

RENEW Program

Multi-year funding for ongoing programs, such as festivals, residencies and space-sharing initiatives that support multiple artists. Invitation only. Learn more.

Special Initiatives

Support for unique projects that keep arts in the Bay Area thriving. Invitation only. Learn more.