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Community Access and Participation (CAP) Grant

Grants to Santa Monica, California Arts Nonprofits to Increase
Access to Arts and Cultural Programming

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City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division

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Deadline Date:

05/21/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Santa Monica, California nonprofit arts organizations for cultural programming. Applicants may be required to attend an informational session. Funding is intended to increase access to the arts for Santa Monica's residents and visitors. Applicants are encouraged to use city parks, such as Tongva and Reed Parks, as potential venues, as well as city-owned facilities such as the Miles Memorial Playhouse. All projects must take place in Santa Monica.

CAP grant applications are accepted in three categories:
- Community Access and Participation: This program supports Santa Monica-based arts and cultural agencies in the presentation of exemplary cultural opportunities. Applicants should demonstrate a history of high-quality work, professional management practices and an ability to serve diverse communities.
- Latino Community Access and Participation: Supports programs that preserve and stimulate Santa Monica's rich Latino heritage. This grant is not restricted to arts organizations.
- Building the Future: This category is designed to engage Santa Monica youth in activities that encourage a lifelong association with the arts. Programs must take place in non-classroom settings and adhere to the California's Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. Qualifying agencies must demonstrate professional management standards and a history of education programs of outstanding value.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148585

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $7,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding Term: July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be “resident Santa Monica arts or cultural organizations,” defined as one whose primary administrative office is within Santa Monica city limits. Applicants must maintain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the IRS.

Grants for Latino Community Access and Participation are not restricted to arts organizations. Any Santa Monica-based nonprofit agency serving the community is eligible to apply in this category. Qualifying organizations must demonstrate professional management standards and serve Santa Monica's Latino population by employing professional artists in high-quality cultural programs.

The following are not eligible for funding:
- Any city agency or other governmental body
- Any agency which 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 not open to the public.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Required Informational Sessions

Informational sessions will be held at the Ken Edwards Center on:
- Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm
- Saturday May 4th at 11:00 am

Applicants who have not received CAP grant in the past three years must attend one of the CAP informational sessions. All applicants, however, are strongly encouraged to attend. Call or email Nathan Birnbaum (details below) to reserve a place for one of the sessions.

The Ken Edwards Center is located at 1527 Fourth Street between Colorado and Broadway, in downtown Santa Monica. Attendees who park under the Ken Edwards Center will have their parking validated.

Pre-Application Information:

The Application Deadline is 5:00 pm, Tuesday, May 21, 2019.

Applications are accessed online via the GO Smart system. To fill out an application, navigate to Current Programs & Applications and choose Community Access & Participation 2019-20. Applicants new to the system must begin by creating a profile.

All CAP grants require a 30% cash match. The City’s goal is to leverage additional funding to support the arts in our community and further advance the scale and quality of funded programs.

Applicants to all Southern California government grant programs are required to participate in the national DataArts cultural data program.

CAP-funded programs that involve direct contact with minors, or the supervision of minors, must show that the program’s staff meets SMMUSD’s minimum requirements for (1) training in the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect, (2) Live Scan and (3) tuberculosis screening. Grantees will be required to provide proof to the City that these requirements have been met prior to performing any contracted services.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Nathan Birnbaum
City of Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division
P.O. Box 2200
Santa Monica, CA 90407-2200
Tel: 310.458.8350

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USA: California: Santa Monica