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Community Arts Grant

Grants to Santa Barbara, California Arts Organizations
and Artists to Increase Accessibility to the Arts

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Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture

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Deadline Date:

05/03/19 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $6,000 to Santa Barbara, California nonprofit arts organizations and artists for projects and programs that increase accessibility to the arts. First-time applicants must attend a workshop before applying. Projects and programs that focus on underserved communities, families, and youth will be given emphasis.

Grant applications will be used to determine:

1. Lasting impact on the community served
2. Number of people served
3. Use of professional artists in programs
4. Commitment to payment for any artistic services
5. Fiscal responsibility: overall cost-effectiveness of project, including the use of matching funds and other kinds of financial and community support
6. Inclusion of diverse communities and artists in all aspects of program planning and implementation
7. Partnerships, collaboration, and innovation
8. Overall need for proposed project

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154675

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum amount of a Community Arts Grant is $6,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects considered for this program must occur between October 1, and September 30, annually.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for Community Arts funding, the applicant must:

1. Attend a technical assistance workshop.Workshops are mandatory for first time applicants on the new Community Grant platform.Workshops are highly recommended for returning applicants.
2. Submit the application via the Community Grants Portal on or before the deadline.
3. Be a non-profit organization with tax-exempt status [501(c)(3)] and provide services to the City of Santa Barbara; [OR] individual artist sponsored projects with a non-profit [501(c)(3)] fiscal sponsor.
4. Demonstrate evidence of community need for services provided by organization or artist. Partnerships and collaborations are encouraged.

Funding Requests are INELIGIBLE for the following:

1. Organizations and/or projects currently receiving funds through a line item in the City Budget.
2. Capital improvements and construction of buildings or facilities or for purchases of equipment over $1500.
3. Organizations primarily involved in political action, legislation, lobbying; projects with religious purposes.
4. Programs in facilities that are not ADA compliant.
5. Trusts, endowment funds, or investments.
6. Profit-making organizations, ventures, or replacement of deficit funds.
7. Fundraising or arts services for events in which fundraising is the primary purpose.
8. Programs or services intended for private use, or for use by restricted membership.
9. Hospitality or food costs.
10. Prize money.
11. Purchase of tickets and/or scholarships for an event/program produced by the applicant.
12. Expenses incurred before the start or afterthe ending date of the grant.

Pre-proposal Conference:

All first-time applicants must attend a grant workshop. To register for a workshop or for more information, go to the Workshops and Training page:

City of Santa Barbara Arts Grant Workshop (Click here to register:

Thursday, April 18, 2019. 2:00-3:00 pm
David Gebhard Meeting Room
630 Garden St. Santa Barbara

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received no later than May 3, 2019 at 5:00 PM. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Sarah York Rubin, Executive Director

Hannah Rubalcava, Contracts/Grants Manager

3rd Floor Rotunda, Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: City of Santa Barbara