Funding Opportunities - Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Funding Opportunities

Kenneth Rainin Foundation grants support Bay Area artists, early childhood education in Oakland and Inflammatory Bowel Disease research.

Grant Programs

LaKeith Stanfield and Boots Riley on the set of the Administered by SFFILM


SFFILM Rainin Grants & Programs

The Rainin Foundation’s unique partnership with SFFILM began in 2009 with the SFFILM Rainin Grant program, which is the largest granting body for independent narrative feature films in the United States.

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New & Experimental Works (NEW) Program

The NEW Program provides unrestricted and artist fee support grants of $5,000-$30,000 to small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations that enable Bay Area artists to produce visionary projects relevant to the communities they serve.

A woman teaching two young girls how to write. By Invitation Only


Education Grants

The Kenneth Rainin Foundation’s Education grants support schools and community-based organizations that help Oakland’s children develop literacy and social emotional skills.

Two people dancing on a train; one wears a military uniform and the other wears a black hijab. Administered by United States Artists


The Rainin Arts Fellowship

The Rainin Arts Fellowship supports visionary Bay Area artists working in dance, film, public space and theater. This prestigious fellowship recognizes and supports artists who push the boundaries of creative expression, anchor local communities and advance the field. Visionary artists illuminate our experiences and envision pathways to more vibrant communities. They can help us to heal and show us a way forward.   

A Black woman wearing a face mask and holding a lantern, leading a procession in the dark. Opens spring 2024


Open Spaces Program

The Open Spaces Program supports partnerships between nonprofits and artists to create temporary, place-based public art projects that are responsive to issues relevant to communities in San Francisco and Oakland.

Four disabled artists dressed in black are in various states of motion; two on the ground and two jumping in the air in front of a colorful mural. Sunsetted


Impact Program

The Impact Program provided multi-year capacity building support to small and mid-size dance, theater and multidisciplinary arts organizations that received funding through the Foundation’s New and Experimental Works (NEW) Program.

Dr. Aida Habtezion speaking with another researcher in a lab. Closed to Applications


Innovator Awards

Our Health grants enable researchers worldwide to test ideas, gather and share data, and collaborate to advance the understanding of IBD. The Innovator Awards support individual research projects with grants of up to $150,000 and collaborative projects involving multiple investigators with grants of up to $300,000.

A researcher sharing findings in a digital poster session. Closed To Applications


Early Career Catalyst Award

To commemorate the Foundation's 15th anniversary of formal grantmaking, these one-time awards will support the work of two early career investigators whose research has the potential to improve the lives of people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).

Grant Applications

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