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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits for Public Arts and Cultural Programming in Eligible Locations

Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program

City of Culver City

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #125759

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations for public arts and cultural programming in eligible locations. New applicants must attend a grant application workshop prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended for direct costs associated with music, dance, and theater performances. All events must take place in an ADA-compliant building or facility that is wholly or partially located in Culver City or under the purview of the City of Culver City or is assigned a USPS zip code in 90230 or 90232.

The City of Culver City sponsors dance, music, and theatre performances through its Performing Arts Grant Program. These performances provide enriching and accessible cultural opportunities for the city’s residents, business community and visitors. Performances must be available to the general public at an affordable price or for free. 

The City of Culver City is dedicated to achieving cultural equity and inclusion through the Performing  Arts Grant  Program. Cultural equity and inclusion embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people—including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, disability,  sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship  status, or religion— are  represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial,  and informational resources.

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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).
- The organization must be based within Los Angeles County.
- Applicants must include their SMU DataArts Funder Report for a minimum of one year.
- Applicants must demonstrate significant plans for outreach and promotion to attract Culver City residents and visitors.

No grants will be awarded for performances that are staged in conjunction with a fundraiser or a class presentation.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Grant Workshops

Online technical workshops are available to discuss the application and answer questions. It is recommended that all applicants attend a workshop.
First time applicants are required to attend a workshop.

8/30/22 at 10 AM Technical Workshop - Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program
9/6/22 at 10 AM Technical Workshop - Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program
9/13/22 at 10 AM Technical Workshop - Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program

Email to register for a virtual workshop.

Pre-Application Information:

- Agust 9, 2022: 2023 Notice of Funding Availability, Grant Guidelines and Application Available
- August 16, 2022 at 10 AM and August 17, 2022 at 10 AM: Online Workshops
- September 16, 2022, at 5 PM: Deadline to submit applications
- October 2022: Peer Review Panel Meeting and Recommendations
- November 15, 2022 at 7 PM: Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting and Recommendations. All applicants are encouraged to attend the Cultural Affairs Commission meeting to answer any questions and to promote their events.
- December 12, 2022: City Council Approves Final Grant Awards
- January 1 to December 31, 2023: Grant Performances in Culver City

All applications must include the DataArts Funder Report for the Culver City Performing Arts Grant Program with their application.

Applicants must provide matching funds that are equal to, or greater than, their requested grant.

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.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

Projects must be scheduled to take place from January 1 - December 31, 2023.

Contact Information:

Apply Online:

For questions about the application process, please contact: Lee Lawlor at or (310) 253-5772

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


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