Public funding for individual artists and their incredibly innovative ideas is sorely lacking in the Inland Southern California region. In response, Arts Connection is launching an exciting new micro grant opportunity for individual artists.

This grant allows individual artists of all media and backgrounds to receive funding for smaller projects on a one-time basis by offering one-time grants up to $500. Artists must live and work in San Bernardino County.

Join Arts Connection and help us build this important resource for the arts community – either as a microgrant sponsor or applicant. Together, we will lead the way for change!  Read more for the full guidelines and a link to the online form and downloadable PDF.

Program Funding Goals

Proposed projects should demonstrate innovative thinking and creative, arts-based approaches to advance an individual, local, or community identified goal. 

Sponsors: The proposed microgrants will allow local artists to create new, innovative projects that may never happen without your generosity. Donations can be of any amount and donations of less than the average $500 microgrant will be combined with others. To ensure we identify the correct number of artist recipients, all donations must be received by March 1, 2020. All sponsors will be recognized on the Arts Connection Website and at the microgrant awards event scheduled for April 2020.

Artists: Artists of all medium and backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to apply. Proposed projects do not have to be completed with this funding; this can be start up funding. Projects do not have to be new; they do not need to be large in scope, but they should demonstrate impact on the community served or the artistic practice in focus. For example, proposed projects might be single events, a series, or include mentoring or professional development or research. The amount of grants given each year will vary. Grant requests may be submitted between January 31, 2020 and March 15, 2020 through the stream-lined application below. Grant announcements will be made the first week of April 2020.

Go, be creative.

What we will not fund:

–       Scholarships

–       Donations to other organizations or individuals

–       Political campaigns and legislative lobbying efforts 

–       Building or capital campaigns 

–       Projects that exclusively serve religious purposes

–       Projects that discriminate against another race, ethnicity or gender

–       Costs for the creation of new organizations.

For more information about the Arts Innovator Micro-Grant, contact Arts Connection staff at 

or 909-381-1900

Sponsor a Microgrant

To sponsor a microgrant, simply send a check in any amount to:

Arts Connection

5500 University Parkway

VA 308

San Bernardino, CA 92407

Please be sure your check is made out to Arts Connection and includes a note that is to be used for the Microgrant initiative.

Apply for a Micro grant

If you have read the information above and believe your project is reasonable for consideration, you may apply between January 31, 2020 and March 15, 2020 through the stream-lined application below, but please note:

·       All applications are due no later than 5:00PST on March 15, 2020. Late applications will not be reviewed.

·       Proofreading all materials demonstrates your ability to communicate your artistic message. Spelling/grammatical errors and incomplete sentences will lower your score.

·       Please be sure your application is complete. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.


1.     Submit Online

Complete and submit the Micro-Grant Application online by clicking the button below.

Online application

2.     Submit Via US Mail

Click the link below, print and complete the application form, and mail to the following address:

Arts Connection

5500 University Parkway

VA 308

San Bernardino, CA 92407

Download the PDF application below.

Grant announcements will be made the first week of April 2020. Grant recipients will be informed of their awards no later than March 25, 2020. If you do not receive notification, we hope you’ll participate again next year.

For more information about the Arts Innovator Micro-Grant, contact Arts Connection staff at or 909-381-1900

Thank you to all of our first year micro grant sponsors!!

Kathryn Ervin

Cynthia Anderson

Natalie Graham

Elaine Kane and Jennifer Kane (in memory of Stephen J Kane)

June Jet Tucker

Keya Vance

Stephanie MacLean

Peggy Hock McCalley

John Machado

Mary Addison Hackett

Steven Thomas

Marilyn Green

Eva Soltes

Deborah Tobin

Marie Bobin

Erina Higa

Miriam Nieto

Dr Anne Viricel

Danielle Giudici Wallis

and the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts

News Opportunities


Call for ArtistsYPAC has two galleries that exhibit artwork and we have just opened up the applications! The objective of the YPAC Galleries is to provide free exhibition space and opportunities for artists to showcase their artwork, increase the awareness of local art within the Inland Empire, and create an engaging space for arts dialogue, education, and enrichment. There is a gallery application on our website – please apply if you are interested! For any questions contact Margo Mullen, YPAC

News Opportunities


Artist Wanted!

Exhibit at the 

Orange Street Art Fair

Oil, Acrylic, Water Colors, Paintings, Sculptures, Crafts and Mixed Media

Tues-Wed December 17&18 2019


1125 Orange Street Parking Lot

Redlands, CA 92374

For more information:


Ms. Barrantes

News Opportunities


Event Info:

Where:       Court Street Square        

Date:           Saturday March 14, 2020

Time:           10:00am – 6:00pm

Fee:              No Booth Fee

Contact:      Stephanie Sanchez

             •  (909) 384-5357


Artwork Criteria:

· Artists must be 18 years and older, unless with a School / Art Organization or supervised by a responsible adult.

· Artists must be a resident of San Bernardino or Riverside County.

· Artwork must be original and have been executed and owned by the artist whose name appears in the online entry registration.

· All artwork should embrace the spirit of SB Arts Fest as a community event. All applications will be reviewed by the SB Arts Fest Committee.  The Community Development Director has sole discretion to approve/deny any artwork before it is displayed.

Important Things to Know:

· Artists may demonstrate techniques within their exhibit space (Example: Painting On-Site or Metal Working).   

· No commercial goods for resale or consigned goods will be allowed.

· Artist spaces must be staffed at all times for the protection of the artists and their work. The City of San Bernardino, or affiliated partners, will not be responsible for any lost, damaged or stolen items, including but not limited to artworks and/or personal affects.

· Textiles, such as T-shirts and scarves, must be original work and cannot contain reference to SB Arts Fest.

· No items which are ingested or placed on the skin can be demonstrated, exhibited or sold.  (Examples: Soaps and Lotions)

· If the artist plans to sell items, they must have a California State Sellers Permit (Free) and obtain a 1-day sales permit ($14.00) from City of San Bernardino Business Registration Office. 

· All transactions will take place directly between the artists and the customer.

· The City of San Bernardino, its employees, affiliated partners and volunteers are not responsible for the contents, facilities, or individuals associated with SB Arts Fest.

· Artists may only promote their artwork within their designated exhibit space. Solicitation beyond the exhibit is discouraged.

· Food items will not be allowed for sale through artist booths, but food vendors will be available.


· The City of San Bernardino retains the right to reject any application that does not meet these guidelines.

 Registration Form Information:

· Please complete the registration form by Friday, February 14, 2020

· Registration forms must be submitted online 

· Artists will be sent event information the week of February 27, 2020

Submission Requirements:

· Artwork / Photography – Please submit at least 2 sample jpeg images with your application

· Music Performances – Please submit a sound bite or a YouTube link

· Performing Arts – Please submit a YouTube link or a Sample Clip

· Art Organizations – Please submit a small sample of the types of art to be displayed

Link to apply here



We’re excited to help teachers, schools librarians, administrators and partners to bring this free, life-changing opportunity to our San Bernardino County High School students. Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition to that is easy to facilitate in the classrooms or through your school library.  This program can be facilitated by individual teachers in language arts, ESL, theater and speech/forensics, as well as by librarians, school arts coordinators, and/or principals. 
Poetry Out Loud is flexible and can easily be incorporated into a 2-3 week period. 
Through funding support from the CA Arts Council, Arts Connection can send a local poet or Poetry Out Loud coordinator directly to your school to offer instruction as a guest artist or help with your school competition. We can walk you through it step by step.

There are so many benefits to participating

  • Poetry Out Loud programming complements lessons already going on in the classrooms, such as creative writing and text analysis.
  • Teachers receive free Poetry Out Loud tool kits geared to Common Core and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) standards; Lessons also link to state and national arts standards in performing arts.
  • Students develop public speaking skills (and can earn National Speech and Debate Association/National Forensic League points at most county and state events).
  • Poetry Out Loud is accessible for students with differing abilities.

This is a state-funded program; there no cost to the students, teachers or school. We just want them to participate! If you can forward this directly to a teacher, librarian or arts coordinator who might be able to help coordinate this, that would be fantastic! Or, if you are the point of contact at the school, please set up a time below to go over more details on the phone if you’d like or register your school directly. The deadline to register schools to participate is December 20th, so don’t hesitate to reach out now and register this week!!
We run this program every year but have had a hard time getting students from this area to participate in previous years, and I would like to change that this year!  Register your school here:  or Contact us today with questions about how to get one on one support!Jennifer Kane909 381 1900 info@artsconnectionnetwork.orgor Natalie Graham