Program Description & Guidelines
The Impact Grant Program provides multi-year capacity building support to small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations that have received funding through the Foundation’s NEW Program, formerly the Visibility Awards. The goals of the program are to:
- Create optimal conditions for art to be made
- Strengthen individual theater, dance and multidisciplinary arts organizations
- Strengthen the Bay Area performing arts ecosystem overall
- Program is open to past and current Kenneth Rainin Foundation grantees.
- Organizations must have an annual operating budget between $75,000-$2 million.
- The Foundation makes grants to organizations that are exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). The Foundation may upon occasion make grants to government and public agencies, as well as to independent projects that have a qualified tax-exempt fiscal sponsor.
- If your organization is fiscally sponsored, and you are interested in participating in the Impact Grant program, please contact Foundation Program Staff.
- Organizations must demonstrate financial health and readiness for capacity building work.
- The grant program requires a commitment of at least three years of engagement.
- Organizations may submit applications for either the Foundation’s Impact Grant Program, NEW Program or RENEW Program (by invitation). Applications will not be accepted from a single organization for more than one grant program within the same grant cycle.
- Special Note: Once awarded an Impact Grant, organizations are ineligible to apply for either the Foundation’s NEW or RENEW Grant Programs during the three year Impact grant period.
Grant Program Details
- The Foundation will provide up to three years of support to build organizational capacity and program effectiveness to improve the health of emerging organizations, or help established groups in navigating critical organizational transitions. The program is not for organizations in crisis.
- Recipients of the Impact Grant will engage in an organizational assessment process at the start of the funding cycle to determine program and capacity building needs.
- Each organization will develop a tailored plan outlining programmatic and capacity building strategies, use of one-on-one coaching and outside expertise, and short and long-term outcomes.
- Organizations will be awarded funds in the range of $25,000 – $50,000 per year. Annual funding amounts will be disbursed following capacity building planning and evaluation, and will be based on an organization’s annual operating budget and capacity building needs.
- Grantees will participate in a schedule of convenings, technical assistance opportunities and peer exchanges.
- An additional two years of general operating support is available to organizations that meet their capacity building goals.
The activities of the program include a carefully selected and prioritized combination of services that focus on each organization’s most urgent capacity needs. Some of these activities may include:
- Organizational development
- Strategic planning
- Business and financial planning
- Facilities planning
- Leadership training
- Board development
- Fund development: grant writing and fundraising
- Public relations and marketing
- Technology and media
- Collaborations/strategic restructuring/innovative business models
- Legal consultation
The methods employed through the program to implement the activities include:
- Peer exchanges
- Publications and research
Impact grantees will have access to:
- Financial resources to support:
- Fees for consultants and coaches
- Fees for capacity building implementation
- Matching grant opportunities for fund development
- Administrative operating support (if needed)
- Community resource referrals
- Peer-to-peer learning
- Networking opportunities
- Qualified technical assistance providers, coaches and consultants
Please note that the Foundation does not fund:
- Direct assistance to individuals or individual sponsorships
- Capital campaign requests
- Non-profit entities not located and operating primarily in the Bay Area (except for medical research)
- Start-up organizations
- Sports, athletic events or league sponsorships
- Advertising or promotional sponsorships
- Deficits or retroactive funding
- Fraternal organizations
- Organizations that discriminate based on religion, race, sexual orientation or gender
- The Foundation accepts Letters of Inquiry (LOI) once annually in the fall. The fall cycle is now closed.
- For additional information on deadlines, please see the Awards Schedule below.
- All applicants, including fiscally sponsored organizations, will need to submit a California Cultural Data Project report with their LOI for consideration. When generating a funder report, select the report appropriate to the grant program area to which you are applying (i.e. Impact Grant Program).
- If you have questions or concerns regarding your LOI, we encourage you to discuss those with Arts Program Staff prior to submission. While we do our best to include feedback on declined LOIs when we feel it will be beneficial to the applicant, due to the high number of submissions we regret that we can only guarantee feedback at the full proposal stage.
Please direct questions to Arts Program Staff.