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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits Serving Eligible Locations for Capacity Building and Organizational Improvement Projects

City of Santa Barbara Cultural Arts Grants: Organizational Development (OD) Grant


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Funding Source
Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: City of Santa Barbara

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/22/23 5:00 PM Receipt Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $18,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations serving eligible locations for projects to build organizational capacity and cover operational expenses. First-time applicants must attend a workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended for organizations serving the City of Santa Barbara.

The City of Santa Barbara’s Organizational Development Re-Granting Program (OD) grants public funding to local arts organizations to improve organizational sustainability, capacity and performance, enhance audience reach, and increase earned income given the unprecedented times. Organizational Development grants will support operational, marketing and promotional expenses, or contingency planning for organizations. Organizations must indicate the impact these funds will have upon their audience development and earned income. 

The objective of the Organizational Development Re-Granting Program is to fund grant requests that will improve organizational capacity and performance, enhance audience reach and increase earned income, or plan for emergencies.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
To be eligible for City arts and culture grant funding, the applicant must:
- Apply as a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status [501(c)(3)]* [or] a nonprofit [501(c)(3)] fiscal sponsor representing an individual artist/s.
- If an applicant does not have 501(c)(3) status, they may apply under the auspices of a registered 501(c)(3) organization. The fiscal sponsor acts as the fiscal agent for the group or individual applying and assumes all responsibilities required by the contract. Any payment for services rendered is issued to the fiscal sponsor.
- Serve the City of Santa Barbara with the grant program and funding.
- The applying organization, upon award funding and based on grant project, may be required to show proof of general liability insurance, worker’s compensation insurance, and/or auto insurance as part of the grant agreement process.

Funding Requests are ineligible for the following:
- Organizations and/or projects currently receiving funds through a line item in the City Budget.
- Capital improvements and construction of buildings or facilities over $1500.
- Organizations primarily involved in political action, legislation, lobbying; projects with religious purposes.
- Programs in facilities that are not ADA compliant.
- Trusts, endowment funds, regranting, investments, or prize money.
- Profit-making organizations, ventures, or replacement of deficit funds.
- Fundraising or arts services for events in which fundraising is the primary purpose.
- Programs or services intended for private use, or for use by restricted membership.
- Hospitality or food costs
- Purchase of tickets and/or scholarships for an event/program produced by the applicant.
- Expenses incurred before the start or after the ending date of the grant.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Workshops are mandatory for first-time applicants using the Community Grant platform. Workshops are highly recommended for returning applicants

Grant Workshops
September 8, 2023 12:00-1:00 pm
David Gebhard Meeting Room
600 Garden St.

September 14, 2023 4:00-5:00 pm
Zoom- Click here to register:

Pre-Application Information
- Applications Open: August 2023
- Applications Due: September 22, 2023 by 5:00pm
- Grant Notifications: November 2023

Applications must be received no later than 5:00 PM on the designated deadline. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.

An organization may submit a grant application from only one of the following City grant categories: Community Arts, Organizational Development, OR Community Events & Festivals.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
The maximum award for the OD grant is $18,000.

Term of Contract
Funded Activity Period: January 1- December 31

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Hannah Rubalcava, Grants & Contracts Manager

Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture
3rd Floor Rotunda, Santa Barbara County Courthouse
1100 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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