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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations to Build Capacity and Address Priority Needs

Organizational Grant Program (OGP)


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Funding Source
Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Los Angeles County

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/04/23 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit arts organizations in eligible locations to strengthen organizational capacity. New applicants and applicants who did not receive funding when they last applied must attend a workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to assist and strengthen organizations providing quality arts services to Los Angeles County residents.

The Organizational Grant Program (OGP) provides financial support to assist and strengthen nonprofit arts organizations to provide quality arts services to enrich the lives of Los Angeles County residents. These diverse cultural services positively impact residents, neighborhoods and communities by providing direct access and increased opportunities for quality arts activities and programming.

OGP 1, 2, and 3 applicant organizations may request support for any one of the project categories below. OGP 4 applicant organizations must request funds for accessibility projects. Full project category descriptions and examples of projects by project category are provided below.

Project Category Description:

  • Sustainability: Provides support for existing artistic and/or administrative projects that help to sustain the mission and goals of arts organizations.
  • Organizational Capacity: Provides support for new projects that increase the organizational capacity and infrastructure of arts organizations.
  • Artistic Capacity: Provides support for new projects that increase the artistic capacity of arts organizations.
  • Accessibility: Provides support for new or existing projects that provide public access to arts activities and programs.

Project Requirements:

  • A project may be a part of an applicant's regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term project in a year–a dance festival, for example–could apply for support for that event or they could identify certain components of their operations, such as securing rehearsal space, marketing activities, paying artists and/or seeking funding for the associated activities, as their project.
  • Organizations may apply for any or all phases of a project, from its planning through its implementation. Activities requested in year one can be different from activities that are requested in year two. For example, an organization requesting support for an exhibition can request support for research and development activities in year one and support for exhibition and outreach activities in year two.
  • A project does not have to be a new activity. Existing projects can be just as competitive as new activities.
  • Projects can be a combination of various types of activities.
  • Projects do not need to serve large numbers of people. Arts and Culture welcomes small projects that can make a difference in a community or field.
  • Projects may support virtual programming in lieu of live events

Description of projects by category can be found at:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Organizations may apply if they meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

a. Tax exempt status, as defined by the IRS.
b. Principal offices in Los Angeles County, with an exception for arts service organizations with offices in Los Angeles the County and primary headquarters in California.
c. A primary mission to provide arts programming, as demonstrated by more than 50% of the applicant organization’s budget devoted to arts programming.
d. A functioning board of directors that meets regularly at minimum once per year, with at least 51% of members residing in California.
e. At least two (2) full and consecutive years of producing and programming history in the County either in-person or online. For two (2) most recently completed years (2020-22), organization is required to have produced at least four (4) live or virtual public programs, performances, exhibitions, or other activities such as arts education or literary arts each fiscal year. Fundraising events and programs do not qualify. Exceptions are made for organizations established for the sole purpose of mounting biennial or triennial festivals though these types of organizations are required to have mounted two (2) or more festivals prior to application.
f. A submitted Federal Form 990 for a tax year ending on or after December 31, 2020. A submitted Federal Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N is required of all applicants. Applicants with budgets under $50,000 should submit a copy of their most recently submitted 990-N.
g. For organizations with operating budgets of $2,000,000 and above, a financial audit for the applicant organization’s most recently completed fiscal year for a tax year ending on or after June 30, 2020.
h. A complete OGP Funder Report downloaded from the SMU DataArts website, showing at least three (3) consecutive recently completed fiscal years. The most recently completed year of the OGP Funder Report must match the end-year of the applicant’s most recently submitted Federal Form 990. For applicants with budgets of $2,000,000 and greater, the most recent year of the OGP Funder Report must also match the applicant’s most recent financial audit. NOTE: For organizations with only two (2) full consecutive years of producing and programming history, submitting an OGP Funder Report for two (2) recently completed fiscal years is acceptable. The budget listed on the OGP Funder Report must be within 10% of total revenue line on the most recent 990.
i. If applicant previously received a OGP grant within the previous three (3) years, applicant must have met all Arts and Culture grant conditions during the most recent grant period. Any organization that has not met previous OGP grant contract conditions are disqualified from reapplying for three (3) years.
j. No previous commitment to receive OGP funds during FY 2022-2024. Any organization that executed a two-year OGP grant contract in FY 2022-23 cannot reapply for the FY 2023-24 program for the purpose of obtaining a higher score or award. An organization may apply to participate in other Arts and Culture initiatives and programs such as the Arts Internship Program.
k. New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied to OGP are required to attend an OGP workshop by participating in or reviewing a webinar online. No exceptions will be made.
l. Fiscally sponsored organizations with a verified State of California-based fiscal sponsor who possess Model A comprehensive sponsorship agreement with the Fiscal Sponsor are eligible to apply (a copy of the agreement or verification letter from the sponsor will be required with the application, along with a copy of the sponsor’s 990 tax form listing a State of California address).


Pre-Proposal Conference
Workshops take place between September and October for new and returning OGP applicants. These workshops include information about the program, recently updated guidelines, eligibility requirements, and tips on submitting strong proposals. New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied to the Organizational Grant Program are required to attend or review an OGP workshop or webinar. No exceptions will be made.

For times, see:

Pre-Application Information
Calendar & Timeline:
- Guidelines & Application Available: August 23, 2023
- Webinars + Office Hours: Workshop webinars and office hours will be offered throughout
the month of September 2023. Check the link for full schedule.
Note: Workshops are mandatory for new applicants and applicants that did not receive OGP funding during the previous year.
- Open Application Period: August 30 – October 4, 2023, by 11:59 PM PST
- Staff Review: Fall 2023
- Peer Panel Review: February – April 2024
- Commission Review: April – June 2024
- Anticipated Board of Supervisors Approval: July 2024
- Notifications Sent via Email: July 2024

Applicants are required to submit applications, artistic documentation and support materials via Arts and Culture’s online grant system. Arts and Culture strongly recommends submitting the application at least five (5) days prior to the deadline to give ample time to troubleshoot.

Cash Match
All OGP grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar with earned or contributed cash support. The cash match does not need to be a new source of income. In-kind matching support is not accepted. For example, if an organization receives a $10,000 grant, the total project costs must be at least $20,000 and the organization must provide at least $10,000 of the project funds from sources other than the Department of Arts and Culture.

Only activities and costs consistent with the grant application or proposal approved by the Department of Arts and Culture will be reimbursed.

Timeline & Categories:

How to apply:


Term of Contract
OGP grants are two-year grants.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Direct questions to:
Grants staff at or (213) 202-5858.

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017

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