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Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofit Arts Organizations
for Virtual or Live Cultural Programming

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City of Culver City

Deadline Date:

01/07/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations for virtual or live cultural programming in eligible locations. Funding is intended for direct costs associated with music, dance, and theater performances. Grants may be used for single productions, a series, or for one production within a series. The Performing Arts Grant Program is designed to support arts organizations and to bring distinguished cultural programming to Culver City.

The City of Culver City sponsors dance, music, and theatre performances through its Performing Arts Grant Program which is under the purview of the City’s Cultural Affairs Division and Cultural Affairs Commission. These performances provide enriching and accessible cultural opportunities for the city’s residents, business community, and visitors.

The grant application guidelines have been revised due to the current and ongoing effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This pandemic has resulted in new regulations regarding public gatherings and other guidance for public safety. These guidelines are currently considered temporary and subject to change at the City’s sole discretion, and at this time, do not apply to grant applications or grant contracts for 2022 and beyond. 

All grant activities, events, and projects will be subject to the public health orders in effect at the time and must adhere to all restrictions issued by the City of Culver City, County of Los Angeles and State of California. For this 2021 grant application, organizations will be asked to describe a primary performance project, plus a secondary (alternative) project scenario in case your primary concept cannot be implemented. The Cultural Affairs Division is hopeful that public gatherings and in-person events will be permitted during 2021, and is proceeding with the supposition that indoor and outdoor venues will be open for use by performers and audiences. This might not be the case, and it is difficult to predict what will happen over the next 12–18 months. The application includes the opportunity to propose live events and/or virtual events. Grants that have been awarded will remain valid. Grant requirements may be adapted as needed in the future. Please keep in mind that the goal of the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program is to provide enriching and accessible cultural opportunities. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 125759

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is a grant limit of $10,000 per organization.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be scheduled to take place in a Culver City location (or online only) from April 1, 2021 to December 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Performing arts organizations of all sizes are encouraged to apply to this program.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations and projects must meet all of the following criteria:
• The primary mission of the organization must include performances in one or more of the following disciplines: dance, music, theatre.
• The organization must be a current 501(c)(3) and provide proof of non-profit status; or the organization must provide a current agreement with an established fiscal receiver that is a 501(c)(3).
• Performances must take place in an ADA-compliant venue or location.
• Performances may not be staged in conjunction with a fundraiser or class presentation.
• Applicants must include their DataArts Funder Report for a minimum of one year.
• Organizations must demonstrate significant plans for outreach and promotion to attract Culver City residents and visitors.
• Applicants may not submit multiple applications for different projects.
• Applicants may not apply to the City’s Performing Arts Grant Program and the City’s Special Events Grant Program for the same project.

Pre-Application Information:

- September 30, 2020: Application Released
- November 9–20, 2020: Staff Consultation and Workshop (by appointment)
- January 7, 2021: 5:00 PM Application Deadline
- January 2021: Review Panel Meets and Makes Recommendations
- February 16, 2021: Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting
- March 15, 2021: City Council Approves Final Grant Awards
- April 1 to December 31, 2021: Grant Performances in Culver City

Submitting early in order to have time to address any issues or errors in submission is highly recommended.

In lieu of a standard grant training workshop, Cultural Affairs staff will schedule private meetings with potential applicants to discuss the application and answer any questions. It is recommended that applicants contact Cultural Affairs staff at least two weeks in advance of the application deadline to discuss the program and guidelines.

All applicants are required to have a representative attend the Cultural Affairs Commission meeting to answer any questions that should arise. Applicants will receive notification of the specific date for the Cultural Affairs Commission meeting at least seven (7) days in advance. At this time, it is anticipated that all meetings will be held remotely using Webex Events.

The City of Culver City is participating with SMU DataArts to utilize The Cultural Data Profile. The City of Culver City, along with other funders, requires applicants to complete an annual survey that collects financial and programmatic data. Applicants will complete the online Cultural Data Profile and use that data as part of their application to all participating funders throughout the state

Applicants are temporarily not required to provide matching funds.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application:

For further inquiries about the application process, please contact Lee Lawlor at: or (310) 253-5716.

City of Culver City, CA
9770 Culver Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

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