Funds & Scholarships

Artists Benevolence Fund

Benevolence: A Kindly, Charitable Act Or Gift

The Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a unique source of financial assistance to artists living in Laguna Beach, who have suffered a catastrophic event, leaving them unable to work. The Fund began as the Artists’ Relief Fund in 1987, when artwork was auctioned to help a critically ill Sawdust Festival artist. In 1993, the fund was reorganized as a non-profit shelter within the Sawdust Festival and expanded to help not only Sawdust exhibitors, but any working artist in the city of Laguna Beach. With a $1000 maximum monthly grant amount, the Artists’ Benevolence Fund has awarded over $100,000 in relief to artists in their times of need.

Anyone may contribute to the Fund, but each Summer, Sawdust artists rise to the occasion and selflessly donate their art to the annual Artists’ Benevolence Fund Art Auction. This special event accounts for the majority of the revenue raised for the Artists’ Fund. 

If you would like to donate to the Artists’ Benevolence Fund, you may send your contribution to the Artists’ Benevolence Fund, 935 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651 or Scroll below to the Donate button:

If you are a working artist, living in Laguna Beach, and have suffered a catastrophic event that has resulted in financial hardship, you may be eligible for a grant: 2022 Benevolence Fund Application – MASTER

The Artists’ Benevolence Fund is a 501(c)(3) Charitable Trust.

Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund

Enrichment: Makes Something More Meaningful, Substantial Or Rewarding.

The Sawdust Art Enrichment Fund (SAEF) was created nearly 10 years ago and is a philanthropic effort which supports educating the public about the arts through programs that provide experiences in creating art. SAEF provides hands-on art workshops to underserved populations including at-risk youth and armed forces and their families. Recently SAEF has also worked alongside the non-profit organization American Family Housing (AFH) to provide art classes to formerly homeless at-risk youth. These classes are taught by professional local artists on the Sawdust Art Festival grounds. Our classes provide an opportunity to receive art as therapy or as a pathway to creating a business for entrepreneurship.

The continuation of our program depends on acquiring grants and donations made by individuals like you. If you would like to make a donation to our program please click on the Donate Now button and select Art Enrichment Fund located at the bottom of the page. We truly appreciate donations in any amount. Thank you in advance for your interest in helping with the education of the arts to those who would otherwise not have access to it.