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Grants to California Arts and Cultural Nonprofits to Support General Operations

Organizational Support Program (OSP)

San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture


Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #144998

Grant Description

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Grants to California arts and cultural nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for general operating support. Applicants must complete a part one application prior to submitting a part two application. Funding is intended to support organizations that increase local tourism and enhance the quality of life for residents. Eligible applicants are headquartered in the city of San Diego and provide activities in the city of San Diego.

The Organizational Support Program (OSP) provides general operating support to tax-exempt, nonprofit, arts and culture organizations, for delivery of activities that positively impact San Diego’s quality of life and tourism and provide direct access and increased opportunities for excellence in culture and the arts.

The purpose of TOT funding is:

  1. To enhance the economy and strengthen arts, cultural, and creative sectors;
  2. To contribute to San Diego’s national and international reputation as a creative, cultural destination;
  3. To provide access to excellence in culture and the arts for residents and visitors;
  4. To enrich the lives of the people of San Diego; and
  5. To build healthy, vital neighborhoods.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

OSP provides general operating support for nonprofit arts and culture organizations. Your organization is eligible to apply for OSP funding if:
- Nonprofit Status: Your organization holds tax-exempt nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code at the time of application; and
- Organization Purpose: Your organization is a nonprofit arts and culture organization with a mission statement clearly focused on the development, production, service, or presentation of arts and cultural activities and programming; and
- Public Benefit: Your organization’s activities must have a clear presentation that is open to the public, or meaningful and accessible engagement component within the performance period. While presentations and participation must be open to the public generally, they may reach specific audiences or charge a fee as long as such restrictions do not discriminate on the bases as described in Section 6; and
- History of Operations: Your organization has at least two full and consecutive years of operating with its own independent governing board (not under a fiscal sponsor); and
- Service Area: Your organization is headquartered in the city of San Diego and provides activities in the city of San Diego; and
- Mission Alignment: Your organization operates to fulfill a mission that aligns with the purpose of TOT funding:
1. To enhance the economy and strengthen arts, cultural, and creative sectors;
2. To contribute to San Diego’s national and international reputation as a creative, cultural destination;
3. To provide access to excellence in culture and the arts for residents and visitors;
4. To enrich the lives of the people of San Diego; and
5. To build healthy, vital neighborhoods.

For ineligible applicants, see https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/fy24_osp_guidelines.pdf#page=5.

For ineligible uses of funding, see https://www.sandiego.gov/sites/default/files/fy24_osp_guidelines.pdf#page=10.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Deep dive into the Part 1 and guidelines. Join if you intend to apply.

● Part 1 Workshop: Tuesday, October 4 @ 10 AM: https://sandiego.zoomgov.com/j/1618978440
● Part 1 Workshop: Wednesday, October 12 @ 5:30 PM: https://sandiego.zoomgov.com/j/1607837316

Fiscal Sponsorship 101. Join to learn how to apply with a fiscal sponsor or if you are a 501(c)(3)/ 501(c)(6) join
to learn how to become a fiscal sponsor
● Wednesday, October 5 @ 5:30 PM: https://sandiego.zoomgov.com/j/1607837316


Sign up for 1:1 Technical Assistance Office Hours: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094cabaa22a4f58-fy24

Pre-Application Information:

Fiscal Year 2024 Application Calendar:
- September 26, 2022: Application guidelines and online Part 1 form published
- September 28 – October 29, 2022: Virtual technical assistance workshops and webinars
- October 28, 2022, 3:00 p.m.: Last day for questions regarding the Part 1
- October 30, 2022, 11:59 p.m Pacific Time..: Part 1 submissions due
- October 31, 2022 – November 13, 2022: Part 1 evaluated for eligibility and compliance with city guidelines
- Week of November 14, 2022: Part 1 results announced
- November 28 – December 2, 2022: 5-day "Cure"period for applicants deemed"not qualified" due to missing or incomplete materials in the Part 1
- December 9, 2022: Results of “Cure” period announced
- January 11, 2023: Online Part 2 portal opens
- January 12 – February 2, 2023: Virtual technical assistance workshop TBD (all dates posted on the City website and all successful Part 1 applicants will receive email notification). Flexible office hours available with staff (via teleconferencing or telephone)
- February 7, 2023, 3:00 p.m.: Last day for questions regarding the Part 2
- February 8, 2023, 11:59 p.m.: Responses to the Part 2 due
- March 20 – March 24, 2023: Panels review and recommend scores/ranks responses to the Part 2
- March 27, 2023: Results announced to applicants

The application process includes two steps: Part 1 – (previously referred to as the Request for Qualifications (RFQ)), then Part 2 – (previously referred to as the Request for Proposals (RFP)).

Matching Income Requirement for Applicants: The matching requirement for all OSP awards is 1:1.

Funds awarded to an applicant may be paid in advance of activities and on a reimbursement basis pursuant to awarded agreement.

Part 1 Workshop Recording: https://sandiego.zoomgov.com/rec/play/ZHXCoLCI1l35corLbCwwEWN9c7c8mhLAh_v5eqVdNjqcWKL9XoFLx5bKvM5fObP-9deC9uZJNjZR9t2J.zAN9C-AFsLbfpPrl?continueMode=true#mq$L1

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

The amount of money an applicant can be awarded is calculated using an algorithm and is dependent on several factors including the organization’s submitted annual operating income, the rank given to the organization’s proposal, the total amount of funds available for distribution and the number of organizations receiving awards. In FY23, applicants were awarded between 2% and 22% of their AOI. The minimum award amount an applicant can receive is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Eligible expenses must be incurred by an applicant during the FY24 period of performance between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024

Contact Information:

Apply Online: https://sandiego.gosmart.org/

For questions, contact Arts and Culture Staff at arts@sandiego.gov.

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