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

Organizational Development Grant


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Funding Source
City of West Hollywood (WeHo Arts)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: City of West Hollywood

Important Dates
Deadline: 07/01/23 3:00 PM PT Save

Grant Description
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).

The Organizational Development Grant supports non-profit arts organizations with an interest in strengthening their organization’s infrastructure. 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. This is a three-year grant award and each year has specific expectations; be sure to read the guidelines carefully.

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


Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.
6. Organizations are eligible if they are: 1) working on succession planning; 2) have been formed in the past five years and need organizational systems in place; 3) are seeking to develop and expand their existing audiences into West Hollywood community; and/or 4) are seeking support with fundraising opportunities or grant writing.

Arts Grant Program Eligibility:
- 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.
- Applicants may only receive funding from one grant category each calendar year.
- If the applicant is already receiving funding from another City Division or Department, or is cosponsored by a City Council office, they are not eligible for an Arts Grant for that same project or program.
- City of West Hollywood elected and appointed officials, its employees and their immediate family members are not eligible to apply.
- Proposed projects may not include fundraisers, capital campaigns, murals, or religious-based programs/events.
- Proposed projects must take place in West Hollywood or in the immediate West Hollywood adjacent area (within 5 blocks of the border) and demonstrate marketing and outreach strategies targeting West Hollywood residents and constituents.
- Applicants must be based in LA County (WeHo Artist applicants must reside in the City of West Hollywood).
- Organizations with budgets of $1 Million Dollars or more are required to provide a cultural equity statement.
- Applicants must submit an application online by the deadline.

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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Arts Grant Workshop
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 24, 2023 at 1pm PT

To register for the virtual workshop:

Pre-Application Information
- July 1, 2023: Application deadline
- August 17, 2023: Peer review of grant applications
- September 14, 2023: Performing Arts and Cultural Affairs Subcommittee make funding recommendations
- September 28, 2023: Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission consider approval of funding recommendations
- October 9, 2023: City Council considers approval of funding recommendations
- October 10, 2023: Grant recipient notifications
- Thursday, November 16: 10am-12pm Grantee Orientation (in person at Plummer Park)
- January 2024: Earliest award of grant funds

Award of funds depend on grantee’s compliance with contracting requirements, such as insurance.

All grant applications are submitted electronically.

More information:

Estimated Size of Grant
$10,000 - Total amount of available funding in this category for 2024 (includes WeHo Artist Bootcamp) - Monetary award includes WeHo Artist Bootcamp registration.

With its first successful application, the organization will be awarded a three-year contract ($5000 each year). The organization is required to select a technical assistant from a pre-approved roster. The grantee organization is required to pay the selected technical assistant $5000 for consulting services, for each of the first 2 (two) years of the funded period.

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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