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The Common App: Simplifying Funding to Align Action with Values


What happens when a group of funders come together with the belief that the grant application process should be simpler and less burdensome for grant seekers? 

The Zellerbach Family Foundation, Kenneth Rainin Foundation, and Fleishhacker Foundation collectively streamlined their arts grant application process for grantseekers and launched the Common App for the Arts – the first-of-its-kind! The single grant application process, which can be used to apply to grants at all three foundations, aims to save nonprofit organizations time and resources.

Join us to learn how these funders collaborated to simplify the grant process, how it’s going, and what they learned. We’ll hear how they hope this common application can transform grant processes for Bay Area organizations and what others can learn from using a common application.


David Blazevich

Executive Director

Margot Melcon

Program Officer, Arts & Culture

Shelley Trott

Chief Program Officer


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