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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Areas for Capacity Building Support


Geographic Focus

USA: California: City of West Hollywood

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Organizational Development Grant

City of West Hollywood (WeHo Arts)

Agency: Local

GrantWatch ID #149029

Grant Description

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Grants to California nonprofit arts organizations in eligible areas to develop and strengthen organizational infrastructure. Funding is intended to provide arts programming and technical assistance to develop audiences, fundraise, and build creative capacity. Applicants must be able to demonstrate commitment to and involvement with the West Hollywood community, including a presentation somewhere within the City of West Hollywood or immediately adjacent (within 5 blocks of the border of West Hollywood).

This grant category provides two benefits for nonprofit arts organizations: 1) supporting the organization’s mission to provide arts programming; and 2) supporting the organization by specifically funding technical assistance to improve its ability to fundraise, develop audiences, and build its creative capacity. 

The City of West Hollywood and Grantees in the Organizational Development Grant category can expect to:

  • Participate in the WeHo Artists Bootcamp.
  • Engage residents and visitors with the arts; expand arts audiences.
  • Recognize and champion local cultural resources; discover and explore new places for artmaking.
  • Facilitate a relationship with an experienced consultant to provide specific professional and business development activities that will aid in building its capacity, strengthening its infrastructure, and/or extending the reach of its programming activities.
  • Gain or maintain a competitive edge for a variety of arts grant opportunities.

Yearly expectations can be found at

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants who are organizations must be a registered 501 (c)(3) nonprofit and active nonprofit or provide evidence that they are under a fiscal sponsorship agreement with another nonprofit organization.

This grant is intended for newer, smaller and/or less-experienced non-profits, or established nonprofits undergoing organizational transitions, with budgets generally under $100,000 and often volunteer run.

To be eligible for consideration, organizations must satisfy all the following requirements:
1. The primary mission of the organization must be the production and/or public presentation of one or more disciplines of the arts. This includes, but is not limited to, arts education, performing arts, literary arts, folk art, cultural art, multi-media and film arts, music, and/or visual arts.
2. Organizations must be able to demonstrate a history (at least one year) of arts programming which reflects their mission statement.
3. Organizations must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage a contract with an outside consultant and provide a clearly articulated need for technical assistance.
4. Organizations must describe their connection and commitment to the City of West Hollywood.
5. Organizations must be non-profit, based in LA County, and must submit an on-line application by the application deadline.

Applicants are not eligible if they:
- Are an individual artist.
- Have an annual budget over $100,000.
- Are already receiving funding in another grant category in 2023.
- Are already receiving funding from another City Division or Department, are co-sponsored by a City Council office.
- Are a City of West Hollywood elected or appointed officials, an employee and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.
- Proposed an art project that is a fundraiser, capital campaign, mural, or religious-based programs/event.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Arts Grant Workshops
The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Grants Workshops aim to help potential applicants learn about the application process, understand the City’s funding priorities, and ask staff questions to aid in the submission of strong proposals.
- Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 10am
- Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 12pm
- Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 2pm
- Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 7pm – WeHo Artist Grant Workshop

To register for one of these informational workshops:

Pre-Application Information:

- Friday, July 1, 2022: Application deadline
- July 27, 2022: Peer review of grant applications
- August 11, 2022: Performing Arts and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee make funding recommendations
- August 25, 2022: Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission consider approval of funding recommendations
- September 2022: City Council considers approval of funding recommendations
- September 2022 – November 2022: Grant recipient notifications, administration of grant award contracts, and mandatory orientation
- January 2023: Deadline to select pre-qualified TA from roster. Earliest award of grant funds. Award of funds depend on grantee’s compliance with contracting requirements, such as insurance

Application deadline is 3:00 PM, Thursday, July 1, 2022.

All grant applications are submitted electronically.

More information:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $4,000 Total amount* of available funding in this category for 2023 (includes WeHo Artist Bootcamp)
- *$3,000 of the award is required to be paid to a pre-qualified technical assistant

With its first successful application, the organization will be awarded a three-year contract (maximum grant of $5,000 and maximum technical assistance of $9,000 payable over 3 years). The technical assistant is selected by the grantee from a pre-approved roster. Technical assistance support is to provide a short-term consultancy of approximately 15-30 hours, per year, depending upon the consultant’s hourly rate, in order to gain some skill, knowledge, systems, or other organizational tool that the organization can then incorporate into its operations and practices when the consultant concludes their work plan with the organization

Term of Contract:

The organization will be awarded a three-year contract.

Contact Information:

Online Application:

For more information please call Eva Angeloff at (323) 848-6354 or email

City of West Hollywood
8300 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tel: (323) 848-6400

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