Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists

Visual artists serve a unique role by contributing to our community’s civic and cultural life. The Leff-Davis Fund was created to help support professional artists financially, so that they might have the opportunity to devote their time to creating art and developing their work.

An award of up to $10,000 will be made to artists of exceptional talent and demonstrated ability, based on recommendations by an expert review panel. The award is to allow the artist to expand and develop his/her work.

Please note that the requirements articulated below were developed for a round of the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists grant opportunity that is now closed. Details for future rounds may differ.

Artists may be at any stage of their development, from emerging to mature. They must be professional artists with a cohesive body of work, and a demonstrated commitment to their art, defined as follows: adults who have received training in an artistic discipline or tradition (or the equivalent) and/or devote 20 or more hours a week to their artwork, and try to earn income from their work. Eligible applicants must meet the following minimum criteria:

  • Live in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer, or Nevada Counties.
  • Not be enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking program at the time of application.
  • Submit a complete application package on or before the application deadline. All disciplines within the category of visual fine art listed below are eligible.

Eligible Disciplines:

  • Ceramics
  • Painting
  • Sculpture (various media)
  • Glass
  • Prints and Drawings
  • Mixed Media (includes collage)
  • Installation
  • Light
  • Photography
  • Video (except feature film or documentary)

How to Apply

All applications must be submitted through our online system. A step by step guide to this application is available here.

This opportunity is now closed. To see future funding opportunities, please visit our Grants Registry and Calendar.

Applicants must submit the following information:

  • Contact Information
  • CV/Bio/Artist’s Statement that describes your professional artistic and educational background, and a little about your work.
  • A brief description about how the funds would allow you to expand and develop your work.
  • Evidence of work created:
    • 10-20 digital images, compiled in a single document in PDF format.
    • An annotated image list, which includes title, medium, dimensions, and date completed in PDF format.

Hand delivered applications will not be accepted.

For questions about the application form and/or process, please contact Priscilla Enriquez, priscilla@sacregcf.org or (916) 921-7723.


Activity Timeline
Application Period Opens April 4, 2016
Application Package Due May 13, 2016 4:00 p.m.
Grantee Announced

June 27, 2016

Applicants will be initially screened for eligibility. Applicant submissions will then be reviewed and scored by an expert review panel, which will narrow down submissions to a list of finalists.

The panel will consist of arts professionals, and may include curators, art critics, practicing artists, art historians, art administrators, art educators, and donors or donor representatives. They will be selected based on their knowledge, experience, geographic representation of the four target counties, diverse aesthetic, institutional, and cultural viewpoint, and an absence of conflicts of interest.

The grantee will be determined by the quality of work submitted; however, priority may be given to artists who can demonstrate that a Leff-Davis grant would financially enable them to expand their work or pursue new artistic projects, directions, or exhibition opportunities.

Grantees will be notified following the panel review and will receive the award upon receipt of the signed grant agreement and completed Form W-9. A final narrative report, detailing where the funds were expended, will be required 30 days after the end of the 12 month grant period.

The donors of the Leff-Davis Fund for Visual Artists have a lifelong interest in art, are avid art collectors, and have a strong desire to support artists.