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Grants to Santa Cruz County, California Artists and Organizations
for Arts and Cultural Projects Benefiting County Residents

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Arts Council Santa Cruz County

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Deadline Date:

04/12/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 and grants of up to $1,000 to Santa Cruz County, California individual artists and organizations for arts and cultural projects benefiting County residents. Funding is intended to support the production and exhibition of publicly accessible works that promote the success of local artists and the sustainability of arts organizations.

Through the Create Grant Program, the mission of the Arts Council is to promote, connect, and invest in the arts in order to stimulate creativity and vibrancy in Santa Cruz County. The vision is of a more vibrant Santa Cruz County, where individual and collective artistic expression thrive and where the arts are a valued part of all aspects of a diverse culture, economy, educational systems, and everyday life. The Council is committed to promoting equity and inclusion for all Santa Cruz County residents.

The objectives of the Arts Council’s Grants Program are to:

- Support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work
- Increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations
- Expand equitable access to the arts (improving disparities in representation and access in the arts)
- Increase social impact through art (advancing social and racial justice issues in the community)
- Engage new audiences in the arts

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153658

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant award is $3,000 ($1,000 for First-Time Applicants) but may not exceed 50% of the total project budget.

Term of Contract:

Projects must occur between July 10, 2019 and July 31, 2020. Projects must be fully executed within one year of the grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Create Grant Program is for individual artists and organizations seeking support for public arts and culture projects in Santa Cruz County.

1. Applicant must be a Santa Cruz County resident (if applying as an individual), or be located in Santa Cruz County (if applying as an organization).
2. Planned project must be completed in Santa Cruz County within one year of grant award; and
3. Reporting requirements for previous Arts Council grants have been met.

Create Grants Do Not Fund:

- Classes and training sessions as the end product of the project
- Projects not advertised or open to the public
- Programs executed before grants are awarded
- Capital improvements, construction, or renovation projects
- Government departments, boards, or programs
- Research, foundations, debt retirement, fundraising or benefit events, social services, scholarship or tuition assistance, or political or religious advocacy
- Support, Elevate, or Sponsor grantees
- Projects that are also supported by the Tannery Grants Program

Pre-proposal Conference:

For more information, a Grants Orientation is highly recommended:

- Arts & Culture Grants Orientation, Santa Cruz: Tuesday, March 12 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Arts Council (Tannery campus)
See more information and registration.

- Arts & Culture Grants Orientation, Watsonville: Thursday, March 14 from 5:30-6:30pm at the Watsonville Library
See for more information and registration.

- Grantwriting Workshop: Monday, April 1, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT at Digital Nest - 318 Union St., Watsonville.
See for more information and registration.

Pre-Application Information:


- Deadline to apply: Friday, April 12 (5pm)
- Awards announced: July 2019
- Funding period: July 10,2019-July 31,2020

Create Grant awards are made twice a year. Those who have never applied for a grant with the Arts Council are encouraged to apply as First-Time Applicants. Create Grants can be very competitive, with only about 30% of applications funded. First-Time Applicants compete with each other but not with other Create Grant applicants, giving a higher chance of a successful application.

Only one Create Grant application may be submitted during a twelve-month period. If an application is denied, the Program Manager may give permission to resubmit the application under certain circumstances.

A grant orientation session is recommended for first-time applicants, but not required. See Pre-Proposal Conference above for more information about Grants Orientations as well as Grantwriting Workshops.

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal:

For more information please contact:

Hannah Garcia, Grants Program Manager
831-475-9600 x16

Arts Council Santa Cruz County
1070 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Cruz County