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Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Provide Arts and Cultural Programming for Local Residents and Visitors

Community Access and Participation (CAP) Grant


Agency
Local

GrantWatch ID#
148585

Funding Source
Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Santa Monica

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/01/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $3,000 to California nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations to provide arts and cultural programming for local residents and visitors. Some applicants are required to attend an information session prior to applying. Funding is intended to increase community access and participation and to engage youth in local arts and cultural heritage. Priority will be given to programs that engage the Latino community or celebrate Latino cultural heritage. Requests will be accepted from organizations whose primary administrative office is within Santa Monica city limits.

The City of Santa Monica’s Community Access & Participation (CAP) program provides grants to City-based nonprofit arts and culture organizations with the goal of providing Santa Monica residents and visitors increased access to high quality arts and culture programs. There are two categories in which applications are accepted. One is for programs that serve everyone. The other is specifically for youth-focused education programs.

Categories:

Category 1: Community Access & Participation. This category supports exceptional artistic and heritage experiences, and cultural opportunities which respond to community needs. Applicants should demonstrate a track record of highquality work, professional management practices, and an ability to serve diverse communities.

Category 2: Building the Future. This category is for programs that engage Santa Monica youth in activities that encourage a lifelong association with the arts or heritage/history. Programs must take place in non-classroom settings and adhere tothe California's Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. Applicants must demonstrate a track record of outstanding education programs, professional management practices, and an ability to serve diverse communities.

*Latino priority: prioritized funding is available for programs that engage audiences in Santa Monica's Latino community and/or celebrate Santa Monica's rich Latino cultural heritage. Any application in the above two categories may be considered Latino priority. 



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The City of Santa Monica’s Community Access & Participation (CAP) program provides grants to City-based nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

To be eligible, applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:
- Applicants who have never applied to CAP, or who have not received a CAP grant in the past three years, are required to attend one of the CAP information sessions (dates and times below). All applicants are encouraged to attend.
- Applicants must be “resident Santa Monica arts or cultural organizations.” A “resident organization” is defined as one whose primary administrative office is within Santa Monica city limits.
- All live programs for which funds are requested must take place within the City of Santa Monica and be offered to City residents.
- Applicants must be participants in the DataArts program and have the last three years of DataArts-approved data in their CAP report (
- Applicants must maintain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the IRS.
- Applicants must comply with Fair Labor Standards and must be in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 968 (as amended), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Applicant may not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disabilities, HIV status, political affiliation or beliefs, or sexual preference.

Ineligible
The following are not eligible for funding:
• Any city agency or other governmental body
• Any agency that currently receives more than 25% of its total funding (including in-kind services) from the City of Santa Monica
• Capital improvement projects or equipment purchases
• Deficit programs
• Fundraisers or events which are not open to the public

Pre-Proposal Conference
Applicants who have never applied to CAP, or who have not received a CAP grant in the past three years, are required to attend one of the two CAP information sessions listed below. All applicants are encouraged to attend.

The sessions will be held online via Zoom on:
- Saturday, April 8, 2023 @ 11:00 AM, and on
- Wednesday, April 12, 2023 @ 7:00 PM

Please email nathan.birnbaum@santamonica.gov to reserve a space and obtain a Zoom link to the sessions.

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Applications Open: 8:00 AM, Friday March 10, 2023
- Application Deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, May 1, 2023
- Funding Term: July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024

Any application in the two categories outlined in Description above may be considered Latino priority. by simply checking a box on the application form. Applicants who submit two CAP applications may submit one or both of their applications with this priority checked, as they wish.

Applications must be submitted online via the GO Smart system. Submission may take two or three attempts before it’s successful. Applicants are strongly advised to submit at least two days before the deadline to allow for any difficulties in receiving confirmation. Contact Nathan Birnbaum via email if you encounter submission issues or if you have not received a confirmation email.

Note that City staff must be contacted before 5:00 PM on the deadline date to receive assistance. Staff will not be available to assist after 5:00 PM May 1, 2023. If you have not received confirmation of submission by the deadline of 11:59 PM May 1, 2023, your application will not be eligible.

DataArts Requirement: Applicants to all Southern California public grant programs are required to participate in the national DataArts cultural data program

Applicants may submit a maximum of two CAP applications each year.

Estimated Size of Grant
The City of Santa Monica’s Community Access & Participation (CAP) program provides grants of up to $3,000.

Term of Contract
Proposed programs must take place between July 1, 2023 and June 30, 2024.

Contact Information
Apply Online: https://smcad.gosmart.org/

Contact:
Nathan Birnbaum
Tel: 310.458.8350
Email: nathan.birnbaum@santamonica.gov

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
1685 Main St. MS #44
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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