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Virgil Yalong Quick Grants

Grants to California Member Individuals and Artists in Eligible
Regions for Professional and Organizational Development Activities

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego (RALSD)

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Deadline Date:

06/20/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to California member individuals and artists working for nonprofit arts and culture organizations for professional development activities in eligible regions. Funding is intended for either a facilitated learning experience, an organizational leadership project, or an artistic project. Eligible projects take place in San Diego.

Virgil Yalong Quick Grants may fund one of three types of learning activities:

  • Professional Development Experience: These experiences consist of learning and professional development opportunities that typically occur outside the organization, during the employee’s work day, or on their own time:
    • Tuition and fees for classes, workshops, or conferences.
    • Fees for training programs, mentors, or coaches.
    • Registration for webinars or other online seminars.
    • Travel and lodging, if the workshop or conference is located outside San Diego County.
    • Annual membership dues for professional associations or networking groups.
    • Required books, supplies, or materials for eligible classes, workshops, or conferences.
    • Funds for food and beverage during the duration of experience.
    • All expenditures must be in support of the experience.
  • Organizational/Community Leadership Projects: These are opportunities for leadership within projects conceived, initiated, and led by the applicant within the organization or community. These projects should not only provide an opportunity for the employee to practice leadership skills, but also make a meaningful contribution to their organization or community. The applicant will take the lead on the project, develop a preliminary plan, gain approval from the supervisor, and carry the project through to completion. These short-term, small-scale projects should be practical and realistic, given the time and funding available. The project may involve other staff members.
    • All expenditures must be in support of the project. Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, the following, when necessary to implement the project:
      • Materials and supplies.
      • Tools and equipment, including technology hardware and software.
      • Consultant fees.
      • Parking and mileage.
      • Funds for food and beverage during the duration of experience.
  • Artistic Projects: These opportunities sponsor individuals in their artistic careers within the context of a project, for the production of an artistic endeavor as opposed to a facilitated learning experience. Favorable proposals are likely to include projects that demonstrate a significant and meaningful involvement in the community or activities in which the applicant grows their professional standing, and practical and visionary leadership in the arts community. Holding a solo exhibition, self-publication, curating a show, and participating in an artist residency (already accepted) are all viable examples of artistic projects.
    • Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to, the following:
      • Venue / Rehearsal spaces.
      • Relevant publishing costs.
      • Raw materials directly related to the proposed project.
      • Rental equipment.
      • Collaborator stipends.
      • Funds for food and beverage during the duration of experience.

For project examples, see Guidelines, in Pre-Application Information, below. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147450

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are up to $1,000 each.

Term of Contract:

All expenses must occur within the funding period: July 15 through October 31, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for a 2021 Summer Quick Grant, applicants must:
1. Be working in, or aspiring to work in, the arts and culture sector.
- Arts and culture sector can be broadly defined and includes anyone working in, for, or with arts and culture, including cultural centers, arts and culture education, museums, traditional and contemporary arts, music or dance, galleries, legal (e.g. artists rights), etc. If you have any questions about your qualifications please email the funding source.
2. Be a member of Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego (RALSD).
- Sign up for Rising Arts Leaders of San Diego membership by joining the email list. This will be addressed in your Questionnaire.
3. Sponsoring organizations (where applicable) must be based and providing services in San Diego County with a 501(c)3 IRS tax-exempt status.
- If an individual is applying for a Quick Grant, it is highly encouraged for the award to be received through a fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 status that is based in San Diego County (hereby known as the “sponsor”). The sponsor can be the applicant’s employer, but is not required to be.
- The applicant is the beneficiary and recipient of the Quick Grant, not the fiscal sponsor. Funds cannot be used for anything other than the project or experience accepted by Rising Arts Leaders San Diego. All sponsors are required to complete an agreement of funding letter.
- If an individual applicant is unable to secure a fiscal sponsor, Rising Arts Leaders San Diego will work with the applicant on a solution that works best for Rising Arts Leaders San Diego and the applicant including full payment upfront (taxes applied) or partial payment with reimbursement. Please email the funding source for funding options.
4. Be based in San Diego County and/or the Baja Region.
5. All expenses must occur within the funding period: July 15 through October 31, 2021.

Ineligible Organizational / Community Leadership Projects expenses include:
- Funds to offset the organization’s general operating costs.

Ineligible Artistic Projects expenses include, but are not limited to:
- Personal production supplies not related to the project.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Office Hours: Virgil Yalong Quick Grants
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am & 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Join RALSD Leadership during Virtual Office Hours on Saturday, May 29 from 10-11am and 2-3pm.
Learn more about the Virgil Yalong Quick Grant program, have your questions answered, and receive guidance on the application process.


Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: Sunday, June 20th at 11:59 PM
Applications that are received after the deadline will not be considered.

- Applicants will be notified of the status of their applications by mid-July.
- Awardees are required to accept their Quick Grant by replying to the offer email within 5 business days.
- Grant checks and agreements will be disbursed within 45 days of awardee acceptance of the grant.

Each applicant interested in a Rising Arts Leaders San Diego Quick Grant must submit their own proposal.

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.

Applicants who are active RALSD members (attend RALSD events and/or serve on a subcommittee) will be given priority for funding.


Contact Information:

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


For membership, join the email list: and click "Become a Member".

If you have any questions, please email using the subject line: [applicant name] QG Summer 2021.

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