Virgil Yalong Quick Grants

Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego provides a limited number of competitive professional development grants of up to $1,000 each to San Diego emerging arts professionals and artists currently employed at or in partnership with a 501(c)3 nonprofit cultural organization.

Virgil Yalong Quick Grants may fund one of two types of learning activities: facilitated learning experiences or organizational leadership projects. For all the information about eligibility, application process and guidelines download the document below. Organizations are not limited in the number of applications/employees that may apply at one time, but please note that an organization is only eligible to receive a maximum grant of $1,000 in a given grant cycle. 

New this year: Individuals based in San Diego not currently employed by an arts or cultural organization can apply! Please see the guidelines for more details.

Quick Grant Deadline, August 7, 2017 Midnight

Download the Guidelines and Application Specifics for the 2017 Virgil Yalong Quick Grants here.

To submit your application, email it to Attach your application as a single PDF.

For questions about RALSD or the RALSD Virgil Yalong Quick Grants guidelines, please contact

VIRGIL YALONG was a fearless arts advocate and champion of the arts in San Diego. He was a longtime RAL steering committee member and a teaching artists at ARTS (A Reason to Survive). A gifted educator, writer, and designer dedicated to supporting creative and vibrant communities, Virgil embodied so many values of a rising arts leader. 

Virgil passed away in November, 2016 and to honor the memory and continue the legacy of our friend we have named the Quick Grant program the Virgil Yalong Quick Grants.

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