Alternative Exposure Round 15

How to Apply

Applications for Alternative Exposure Round 15 are now open. 

Application Deadline: September 13, 2021 at 11:59PM PST
Applications are available in English and Spanish 

Here's everything you need to know to develop your application.

Questions? Please visit our guidelines and FAQ page or contact us at [email protected].

2021 Guidelines


Alternative Exposure grants directly fund visual arts projects that provide frameworks of support for artists to create and continue their work. Alternative Exposure is focused on supporting projects that present the work of more than one artist. Both individuals and groups are eligible to apply. If applying as a group, the artistic group or venue can be either long-standing or formed specifically for this opportunity.


Your application must be completed online through the Submittable portal only. Applications are available in English and Spanish


  • The lead organizer must have an address in San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. For collectives or groups, additional collaborators may live outside of these counties but the majority of collaborators in the group must live in an eligible county.
  • Resulting project activities must be accessible and presented to the public within the above counties.
  • 501c3 nonprofit organizations are NOT eligible to apply.
  • Projects may not be a part of the primary programming of an established 501c3 nonprofit arts organization.
  • Funded projects must be completed by June 30, 2023. For projects or programs that are a part of existing venues or larger projects, the work supported by Alternative Exposure should be completed by this date.
  • Applicants may be a lead organizer on more than one application, however, in these cases only one of their projects may be selected for funding.
  • Applicants that have received Alternative Exposure grants from Rounds 1-11 (2007-2017) are eligible to apply again as lead organizers if the first project was successfully completed and the final report was submitted to Southern Exposure. Recipients of Alternative Exposure Emergency Grants in 2020 are eligible to apply for this round of project-based funding.
  • Grantees from Rounds 12 or 13 (2018-2019) are NOT eligible to apply again as lead organizers in Round 15. However, former grantees (both lead organizers and additional collaborators) from all previous rounds may participate in 2021 applications for new, unrelated projects as collaborators.


Southern Exposure’s review process will take 6-8 weeks. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • The artistic strength and creative vision of the proposed project.
  • How the proposed project will create a framework of support for Bay Area artists to continue their work.
  • The demonstrated capacity of the applicant(s) to realize the proposed project.
  • The completed project's accessibility to the public and its commitment to serving a local constituency.

Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of three local and/or national jurors made up of artists and arts professionals currently working in the field of visual arts in collaboration with Southern Exposure staff.


  1. Cover Page
  2. Your Proposed Project
  3. Budget (Download a budget form here to fill out and upload.)
  4. Visual Support Materials
  5. Annotated Descriptive List of Support Materials
  6. Contact Information

A list of guidelines and frequently asked questions can be found here in English or here in Spanish


Your application must be completed online through the Submittable portal only. Applications are available in English and Spanish