The Wilhelm Family Foundation is currently accepting grant applications for our 2019 grant cycle. The deadline to submit an application for funding is May 20, 2019.

Before submitting an application, please review all of the eligibility requirements and grant guidelines below to determine if you and your organization are eligible to apply. To submit an application for funding, you must be an official representative or staff member of a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, working in the arts and towards a mission that aligns with the work of the Wilhelm Family Foundation.


            The Foundation’s grantmaking practices focus on funding nonprofit arts organizations of all types and sizes. Our mission is to help expand artists’ access to resources by supporting organizations working to make creative expression, experimentation, public programming and discourse accessible to all people, artists and non-artists alike. By helping to secure creative sites in diverse communities around the country, we hope to expand artistic practices of all kinds, deepen community engagement, and creative collaboration, and help improve the quality of life of artists and all people.

         We believe that equality, diversity, democracy, and human and environmental welfare are fundamental components of a healthy society. We believe that self-expression and creative collaboration not only empower people to better understand themselves, but that art is a powerful tool for representing diverse voices, experiences, cultures, and opinions.

            The Foundation is interested in organizations that similarly prioritize diversity, inclusiveness, community, and freedom of speech. We’re especially interested in organizations that utilize art, their creative space, and public programming to engage diverse, marginalized, at-risk, or underserved communities of all kinds. We strive to help secure the presence and longevity of creative organizations, their spaces, creative practices, programming, and community resources, particularly in areas where gentrification has forced the displacement of artists, nonprofit art spaces, and other marginalized peoples.

            As a small Foundation, operating with a relatively limited annual funding capacity, we prioritize organizations that have not received prior funding. Prioritizing new organizations allows us to broaden our support of the ever-changing landscape that is the nonprofit art world and respond to the needs of organizations working to affect change in their communities in real time.


  • Nonprofit organizations working in the arts with current tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and which are not classified as a private foundation.
  • Organizations without nonprofit status may apply for funding through a fiscal sponsor. An application for funding, and all accompanying documentation, must come directly from the fiscal sponsor. The Foundation will consider applications utilizing fiscal sponsorship on a case-by-case basis, at the Board’s discretion, and may require further documentation regarding the partnership between the organization and its fiscal sponsor.
  • Generally, the Foundation’s grants are given to small nonprofit organizations that use their space and programming to benefit artists, as well as the communities in which they operate. We do not typically fund exhibitions or capital campaigns.
  • The majority of our grants are awarded for a one-year period. We do consider applications for multi-year funding, though projects or programs seeking funding beyond two years are not usually granted.
  • Please be aware that priority is given to organizations that have not received recent funding. 
  • Nonprofits that have received two consecutive years of funding will not be given priority for funding beyond a second year, unless a multi-year grant has been approved by the Board.
  • Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office. Further, the Foundation is unable to make grants to individuals or to any type of religious organization.

Grant Application Guidelines & Process

            As a small Foundation with very limited staff, we only accept and review grant applications once a year. Potential applicants that meet the Foundation’s eligibility requirements, and whose mission and work aligns with the Foundation’s goals, will be reviewed by our Board for funding the same year.

            Organizations that submit an application for funding on or before the May 20, 2019 deadline will receive a decision by August 1, 2019. Once an application has been submitted, an organization may be asked to provide further documentation, information, schedule a site visit, and/or provide further correspondence, at the Board’s discretion, before receiving a decision on their application.

              To submit an application for funding, please complete all four of the documents described below, and include all information requested. Documents should be prepared and submitted in either MS Word or PDF format. Once you’ve completed all documents, please attach all four of them in one single email. Please include both the name of your organization, and the name of your organization’s primary contact in the “Subject” line of your email (for example, “ABC Organization, Jane Does”). Once completed, please email your entire application to:

               If you prefer to submit an application via mail, or should you have any questions about your submission, or regarding the application process, please contact the Foundation’s Director, Cascade Wilhelm, for details:

Grant Application

Please complete all four documents, as described below, to submit a complete application for funding. Please do not send any additional materials with your proposal, unless you have received a specific request from the Board.

1. Proposal: 1-3 pages.

    A. Organization Overview. Please provide a description of your organization, including the following information:

• Mission statement.                                                                                           

• A brief history (including year founded).                                           

• A summary of projects, programs, initiatives, impact, outcomes, and/or goals.

     B. Proposed Grant Activity. Describe the activity for which the funds are being requested, including the following information:                 

• Proposed project’s total budget.                                                                   

• Amount of funding requested.                                                                     

• Proposed project timeline.                                                                             

• Intended purpose of proposed project & title (if applicable).                 

• Scope of work, including all activities pertinent to this request.           

• Status of funds raised to date.                                                               

2. A copy of your organization’s most recent IRS 990 filing, and/or your organization’s most recent audited, or unaudited, financial statement.

3. A copy of the organization’s 501(c)3 ruling from the IRS.

4. Contact Information. Please provide the following information:

     A. Organization’s General Information                                                

• Organization’s name.                                                                                       

• Organization’s legal name, if different from above. Or, if applicable, please enter your fiscal sponsor organization’s name.                             

• Organization’s (or fiscal sponsor’s) Federal Tax ID or EIN.                     

• Organization’s complete mailing address: Street number & name, City, State, and Zip Code.

• Organization’s website address.

• Organization’s most recent annual operating budget.

     B. Application’s Primary Contact Information                                      

• First & Last name.                                                                                             

• Title/Position at Organization.                                                                       

• Phone number.                                                                                                 

• Email address.

Grant Recipients

Primary Information Brooklyn, NY Primary Information View Website
Echo Park Film Center Echo Park, CA Echo Park Film Center View Website
Museum of Jurassic Technology Culver City, CA Museum of Jurassic Technology View Website
Fathomers Los Angeles, CA Fathomers View Website
Alive Inside Foundation New York, NY Alive Inside Foundation View Website
Los Angeles Poverty Department Los Angeles, CA Los Angeles Poverty Department View Website
Center for Land Use Interpretation Culver City, CA Center for Land Use Interpretation View Website
Common Field National Common Field View Website
Velaslavasay Panorama Los Angeles, CA Velaslavasay Panorama View Website
Side Street Projects Side Street Projects Side Street Projects View Website
Kala Art Institute Berkeley, CA Kala Art Institute View Website
LAND - Los Angeles Nomadic Division Los Angeles, CA LAND View Website
Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville, NY Sarah Lawrence College View Website
Human Resources LA Los Angeles, CA Human Resources was founded in 2010 by a team of creative individuals who seek to broaden engagement with contemporary and conceptual art, with an emphasis on performative and underexposed modes of expression. View Website
Women's Center for Creative Work Los Angeles, CA Founded in 2013, the Women’s Center for Creative Work (WCCW) is a not-for-profit organization that cultivates LA’s feminist creative communities and practices. View Website
Clockshop Los Angeles, CA Clockshop is an arts organization in Los Angeles working to expand the dialogue around cultural production, politics and urban space by commissioning new projects by artists and writers and partnering with diverse institutions. View Website
LXAQ San Francisco, CA LXAQ (Los Angeles Art Quarterly) launched in September 2016. Again after shifting focus from San Francisco to Los Angeles in SFAQ, we decided that it made sense to make a separate magazine with a focus on Los Angeles. View Website
Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions Hollywood, CA LACE both champions and challenges the art of our time by fostering artists who innovate, explore, and risk. View Website
Small Space Festival Las Vegas, NV The Weft in the Weave Collective is gathering together visual and performing artists from diverse creative backgrounds for one night of expansive works in unique, small spaces. View Website
The Tofu Project San Francisco & Tokyo The Tofu Project connects entrepreneurs, innovators, and creative leaders from Japan and the United States through curated events and projects designed to challenge people to discover their fullest potential, share their stories, and create impact. View Website
The Wende Museum Culver City, CA The Wende Museum is a collections-based research and education institute that preserves Cold War artifacts and history, making resources available to scholars and applying historical lessons of the past to the present. View Website
PhotoAlliance San Francisco, CA PhotoAlliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the understanding, appreciation and creation of contemporary photography. View Website
San Francisco Art Institute San Francisco, CA Encompassing some of the most significant art movements of the last century, SFAI has historically embodied a spirit of experimentation, risk-taking, and innovation. View Website
826LA Los Angeles, CA 826LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6 to 18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. View Website
Gray Area San Francisco, CA Our mission is to apply art and technology to create social and civic impact through education, incubation and public events. View Website
San Francisco Arts Education Project San Francisco, CA Our mission is to bring art — in many exciting forms — to San Francisco’s youth in vivid, experiential ways. View Website
Southern Exposure San Francisco, CA Southern Exposure (SoEx) is an artist-centered non-profit organization committed to supporting visual artists. View Website