The SBMA micro-grant directly responds to a critical need reflected in the local creative community.  The SBMA micro-grant is a timely, critical method of support to ensure that the creative projects, partnerships, and performances that artists create, not only see the light of day, but create a beneficial resource for creative “artrepreneurs” to persist and thrive.  The SBMA micro-grant program was developed to limit the likelihood that artists will quit or further delay projects or professional development that would limit their participation in the city’s creative endeavors and opportunities. 

Past award recipients have not only utilized funds to create work, but feedback confirmed that there was an intrinsic value to receiving a micro-grant (no matter the amount) that motivated them to persist overall.  We know that micro-funding, provided in a timely manner and accompanied by ongoing resource connections, can make a mighty difference.


In the interest of our mission, our annual micro-grants our intended to support the creative momentum and persistence of individual artists through one of THREE funding/resource opportunities.

  1. SBMA micro-grant ($200 – $1,000)
    Funding for individual artists for 1) project-based resources to continue or complete creative work; 2) professional development resources to advance creative career through training or certification (does not include college classes towards degree acquirement).
  2. SBMA Fringe Festival micro-grant ($200 – $500)
    to purchase resources needed to complete a 2018 Fringe Festival performance (examples: insurance, marketing, space, staff, costumes, equipment rental, travel, etc. Cannot be used to cover Fringe Festival registration).
  3. NEW! Bartol Teaching Artist micro-grant ($500)  
    funding for teaching artists working to complete a community-based project. Project must be already confirmed or underway (with letter of support from host site or program partner).

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Congratulations to the 2018 SBMA Micro-Grant recipients!  Twenty-seven local artists received micro-grants of $200 – $1,000 to pursue, continue or complete creative work, professional development, participation in the 2018 Fringe Festival and teaching artist work in communities. 



Special thanks to the team, partners, donors, sponsors, and community members that make SBMA Micro-Grants possible! 
2018 Grant Planning Team
Jos Duncan, Lillian Dunn, Michael O’Bryan, Tezarah Wilkins
2018 Grant Voting Committee:

Tempest Carter, James Claiborne, Keila Cordova, Akeem Dixon, Akeem Dixon, Wesley Flash, Paury Flowers, Sarah Heyward, Marangeli Mejia Rabell, Francesca Montanile, Lisa Nelson-Haynes, Alina Pleskova, Amy Schofield, Grace Shinn, JD Stokely, Celeste Sumo, Alexis Walker, Laurel Yaros

2018 SBMA Micro-Grants made possible thanks to generous individual donors and the following partners and sponsors