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Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF)

Grants to California Artists, Businesses, and Nonprofits
for Commercial Arts Initiatives in Los Angeles

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Surdna Foundation - Creative Industries Incentive Network (CIIN) and Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI)

Deadline Date:

04/05/18 12:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $12,500 to California independent businesses, artists, and nonprofits to support artistic enterprises that will have a positive economic development impact on the City of Los Angeles. Funds are intended to help launch start-ups or expand micro-sized creative enterprises.

Priority consideration will go to enterprises and their projects that will benefit economically disadvantaged communities or geographically underdeveloped neighborhoods.

The outcomes of this program, in priority order, are to:

-Recognize and support revenue-generating creative enterprises;
-Contribute positively to the economic development of the City of Los Angeles; and
-Make a positive social impact on a community that may be defined by a socio-cultural group or a place-based neighborhood of Los Angeles, with priority for economically disadvantaged communities or the thoroughfares of the City’s Great Streets Initiative.

Some examples of types of projects that may be competitive for CEDF support include activities that:

- Improve a façade of an independent design company to attract customers.
- Transition an online art gallery into a bricks-and-mortar establishment.
- Purchase equipment or technology that will expand the business of traditional Oaxacan cooking classes.
- Help a traditional quilt-making community generate revenue.
- Improve a café run by a nonprofit to better serve its neighborhood.
- Hire or train employees.
- Launch a local or social media marketing campaign to attract paying customers.
- Pay for short-term lease of a pop-up venue.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153657

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

In general, CEDF anticipates making 8-9 grants in 2018.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants who meet the eligibility requirements may request up to $12,500.

Term of Contract:

The grant period runs from June 15, 2018 to June 15, 2019. Awarded projects must be completed within one year of receipt of funds.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to entities—independent businesses, self-employed artists or cultural producers, artist collectives, or nonprofits with significant earned income activities—that use commercial strategies in pursuit of an arts or culture mission that have a social impact.

To be eligible for consideration, enterprises must:

-Be based in arts, culture, or independent design by either existing in the pursuit of artistic practice or cultural expression, or by making arts or design the primary goods or services;
-Apply commercial strategies that make, or will make, a positive economic contribution to the City of Los Angeles;
-Have owners (at least one) who are based in Los Angeles (i.e. currently living and/or working in the County of Los Angeles);
-Have 5 or fewer employees;
-Be less than 10 years old; and
-Be in good standing with the City of Los Angeles (i.e. meeting obligations if currently contracted by the City and compliant with all local and federal laws governing welfare, employment, business licensing, taxation, and other applicable regulated domains).

Proposed projects can benefit either bricks-and-mortar or virtually based enterprises.

Note: Proposals will be accepted wherein the project itself may be a business venture that is intended to exist temporarily.

Projects that focus on studio practice without contributing to social impact and local economic development are not eligible for CEDF.

Pre-Application Information:

Enterprises who meet the program eligibility may submit an online application by Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. PST. Applications will be accepted only through CCI’s electronic GO™ system. All applicants MUST register on the online grants system before they will be able to access grant application forms.

Review Process (May 2018): A selection panel of individuals with experience in the arts and enterprise development will adjudicate applications. This process will be administered and facilitated by CCI to ensure that panelists provide thoughtful assessment and fair judging criteria to all proposals.

Notification (June 2018): Applicants will be notified of the status of their proposals in June 2018. Contracts will be developed between selected applicants and CCI, with CEDF funds released upon receipt of signed grant agreements and accompanying paperwork.

Final reporting by Awarded Enterprises (June 2019): Awarded projects must be completed within one year of receipt of funds, and CCI must receive final grant reporting.

Contact Information:

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

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Lauren Bailey, Managing Director
Telephone: (213) 687-8577

Surdna Foundation
244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 401
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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