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Fresno Arts Safety Net Fund Grant Application Form
Overview & Eligibility

The Fresno Arts Safety Net Fund (FASNF) is intended to aid art organizations headquartered in Fresno County who are experiencing immediate and imminent financial emergencies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants will be awarded in increments of $1,000 with a maximum possible of $5,000. The number of grants will depend on total funds raised. 

We depend on artists to help us understand and reimagine the world we live in, especially during these dark times filled with uncertainty. If you are able to, please donate today to help us sustain temporary relief funding for Fresmo County artists. A donation is purely voluntary and is not required to submit this application for a grant.

We strongly encourage arts & cultural organizations that serve communities of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 to apply. Read the full overview of the FASNF grant program at:

Check your eligibility before you begin:

  1. Are you applying on behalf of a non-religious arts & cultural organization or collective?
  2. Is the primary mission of this arts & cultural organization or collective artistic in nature? For example: museums, performing arts centers or presenters, orchestras, choral groups, theatres, dance companies, literary arts centers or presenters, heritage sites, cinema & media arts organizations, art education organizations outside of a school setting, art therapy organizations, and art festivals.
  3. Is your arts & cultural organization or collective headquartered in Fresno County, California, and primarily serves the Fresno County community?

If you answered “yes” to all the questions above, please proceed to the application form below. If you answered “no” to any of the questions above, please stop here: you are not eligible to apply.


  1. Please complete the online application form below.
  2. Please upload a 1-page letter of request on organizational letterhead, signed by the responsible person in your organization or collective authorized to enter into agreements on your behalf. Submit either a Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file.

Please submit only one application per arts & cultural organization or collective: duplicate or multiple applications from the same arts & cultural organization or collective will be disqualified unread.



Contact Information




First Name
Last Name

Address Line 1
Address Line 2
ZIP/Postal Code


Arts & Cultural Operations and Programming

Please answer the prompts below.


Please respond by addressing the following areas: Were any public programs cancelled? Did the COVID-19 crisis impact fundraising? Were there any layoffs in your organization? Were there any unanticipated additional expenses directly related to COVID-19 mitigation actions and/or cancelled art & cultural programs? What is the anticipated long-term impact on your organization because of the response to the COVID-19 crisis, i.e. shutdowns and shelter in place measures?

Please respond by addressing the following areas: Is your organization shifting its programs and services in response to the COVID-19 crisis since March 2020? If so, how? What challenges, costs, successes, and failures has the organization encountered? What processes are in discussion to help your organization continue to provide regular and consistent arts & cultural programming and services to the community?

Please respond by addressing the following areas: Is your organization deeply rooted in and reflective of a racial or ethnic community disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic? If yes, please describe.


This may include full-time and part-time employees as well as independent contractors and artists, but NOT volunteers.

You may estimate this number if you do not have an exact figure.
While not a condition of funding, please identify which of these best reflects the diversity of your staff and board members? Choose all sources that apply.
Please select one answer from the dropdown menu.

Please upload your 1-page, signed letter of request as either a Word document (.doc or .docx) or PDF file. Documents submitted in other formats may not be compatible. Your application will be disqualified if the grant review panel cannot open your document.
Grantee Requirements

The Fresno Arts Safety Net Fund grant team will review all applications for at least six weeks.

Recipients will be notified by a Fresno Arts Council representative via phone or by email. All grant applications are free of charge, and there are no hidden or additional fees. Please do not contact the Fresno Arts Council to inquire about the status of your application, or to ask whether you have won a grant if you have not already been notified by the end of this six-week review period. Your application submission does not guarantee that you will be selected to receive a grant from the FASNF during this round. 

All applicant information will be kept confidential and not used for any other purpose other than this funding initiative by the grant review team.

This may be taxable income: applicants are responsible for maintaining accurate financial records and for filing all tax documents, if selected for a grant.

In furtherance of the Fresno Arts Council’s nonprofit mission to encourage participation and appreciation of the arts, FASNF grant recipients will be asked to collaborate with the Fresno Arts Council to share their artistic work in some way with the public.

If you have reviewed your answers and are satisfied with your responses, click the submission button below to complete your application. Submitted applications cannot be revised after they are submitted. The grant review panel will not be following-up with applicants regarding incomplete or partially-completed answers.

All applications due by 11:59 PM PDT on Monday, October 5, 2020.

By checking this box, you agree, as the representative of the above arts & cultural organization, that all responses submitted are accurate to the best of your knowledge and that you have read, and agree, to the above terms. Your application form will not be submitted unless this section is completed.