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.
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.