Headlands Center for the Arts

Community Rapid Response Fund

Headlands Center for the Arts seeks to support in-progress, community-based projects led by artists via a new initiative during the COVID-19 pandemic: The Community Rapid Response Fund. Headlands especially wishes to support work that is developed in partnership between artists and Bay Area businesses, organizations, or others that focus on one or more of the following:

  • Health, safety, and risk management for workers and neighbors
  • Reopening and recovery of local businesses
  • Preservation of legacy/historic community resources
  • Social/civic justice movements

View past recipients here: 2020 CRRF Recipients

The purpose of Headlands’ support is to provide rapid funding to help such work continue.

Headlands will support up to five projects with $1000 each, with the total number of projects funded dependent on the number of eligible projects submitted. Funding is to be disbursed in late February, 2021.

How to Apply:
Apply by February 8, 2021. Representatives of eligible projects should email a letter of interest to programmanager@headlands.org with subject line: Community Rapid Response Fund

Letters should include the following:

  • Name/Description of project
  • Names of community partners
  • Stage of project
  • Bios of project leads
  • Up to three images, if applicable to the project


  • Projects must be Bay Area-based (defined as within Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma Counties).
  • Projects must be in-progress.
  • Projects must be at least in part artist-led.
  • Projects must focus on one or more of the subject areas described above.

(note: award recipients and/or their fiscal sponsors will need to fill out a form W-9 to receive funds.)

Evaluation Criteria:
Preference given to projects:

  • Led by Black, Indigenous, and/or Artists of Color.
  • Working within vulnerable communities, such as, but not limited to, communities of: compromised immunity, color, trans/queer identities.
  • That will be significantly impacted by the funding received.


photo by Andria Lo; wall drawing by Tucker Nichols (AIR ’10, AFF ’11–’14).