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

NEW Program Lenora Lee Dance

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

Os Gemeos Mural

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

Illuminate the Arts

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