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Grants to California Nonprofits and Municipalities in Eligible Locations for Community Arts Programs

Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG)


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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
Conference Date: 09/13/23
Deadline: 10/04/23 11:59 PM PST Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit organizations and municipalities in eligible locations for quality community arts programming. Funding is intended for specific new and existing projects to advance arts, creativity, and culture. New applicants must attend an application workshop or review the webinar. Projects must be located in Los Angeles County.

CIAG recognizes the value of arts and culture as important to every community’s wellbeing, and as a vital tool for civic problem solving across a range of issue areas. The program seeks to support the complex arts ecology of Los Angeles County (County) by increasing access and strengthening the quality of arts and culture programming wherever it happens and supporting diverse communities – in health and wellness, human services, social and restorative justice, community and economic development, and environmental justice, and beyond. This grant is designed to promote cross-sector arts strategies, collaboration, and support organizations that provide high-quality arts and culture programs as part of their larger mission to provide services to individuals and the community at-large often outside of traditional arts and cultural venues.

Applications must meet the following project eligibility criteria:

  • The project is an arts project and must take place in the County.
  • Religious organizations are eligible provided the project reaches the broader community and is not religious or proselytizing in purpose.
  • Municipalities are eligible provided the project is delivering arts access through departments or programs whose primary mission is to provide services other than arts programming.
  • A project does not have to be a new activity. Existing projects looking to expand in scope are just as competitive as current activities or new activities, provided that they support programs in communities that have limited access to traditionally structured arts programming.
  • Projects can be a combination of various types of programs or activities, but it is recommended that applications focus on one program or activity.
  • Projects can be small in scope and do not need to serve large numbers of people as long as they positively impact the organization’s purpose or mission.
  • Requests for support for an arts education related project must take place out-of-school.
  • All organizations that request support for an arts education-related project taking place out-of-school are encouraged to:
    1. Demonstrate that program(s) align(s) with the California State Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).
    2. Demonstrate quality teaching and learning as demonstrated in the curriculum sample and application.
    3. Submit a curriculum sample with application. Acceptable curriculum materials will reflect the full scope of the program and may include curriculum overviews, lesson plans, teacher guides and/or student study guides.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Nonprofit organizations, municipalities and fiscal sponsors in Los Angeles County may apply. The Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) program provides financial support for exemplary arts projects and programs of municipal departments and nonprofit organizations whose primary mission is outside of the arts.

Organizations that are eligible to apply are:
- Nonprofit organizations whose primary mission provides services other than arts programming, as demonstrated by more than 50% of the applicant organization budget devoted to non-arts related programming
- Municipal departments whose primary mission is to provide services other than arts programming
- Social and human services agencies and organizations
- Religious organizations providing services to the broader community that are not religious in purpose
- Fiscal Sponsors with a Model A comprehensive fiscal sponsorship agreement may submit requests on behalf of multiple projects based in the County.

Additional Eligibility Requirements can be found starting at

Organizations that are not eligible to apply are:
- Arts-specific nonprofit organizations as demonstrated by more than 50% of the applicant organization budget devoted to arts programming. (Nonprofit arts organizations should apply for OGP grant funds at
- Individual artists
- County departments
- Federal departments and agencies
- Local arts agencies
- Private membership organizations not open to the general public
- Municipal arts agencies
- K-12 schools, both public, private and continuation
- Departments, centers, or institutes of higher education
- Organizations currently participating in or receiving funding from Arts and Culture’s Organizational Grant Program (OGP) or the Arts Education Collective

General operating support is not provided through this grant opportunity. Funds may not be used for personal gain, paid political advertising, capital projects or fundraising expenses.

Ineligible Projects can be found at

Pre-Proposal Conference
The Department of Arts and Culture holds virtual application workshops and office hours. New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied are required to attend an application workshop or review the webinar. Open office hours will be available to interested applicants on Mondays from 2:30PM -3:30PM, September 11 - October 2.

- September 7, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST
- September 13, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM PST


Pre-Application Information
- Application Opens: August 30, 2023
- Open Office Hours: September 11 - October 2, 2:30-3:30 PM PST
- Application Deadline: October 4, 2023, 11:59 PM PST
- Staff Review: October - December 2023
- Panel Review: February - March 2024
- Commission Review: May 2024
- Anticipated Board of Supervisors Approval: July 2024
- Notifications Sent via Email: July 2024

Applicants are required to submit applications, program documentation and support materials via Arts and Culture’s online grant system. Arts and Culture strongly recommends submitting an application at least five (5) days prior to the deadline to provide ample time to troubleshoot and resolve any problems that may occur.

Applicants are required to leverage the grant investment by providing a 1:1 cash match and should provide details about the source(s) of matching funds. If matching funds are not available on hand, applicants should project anticipated sources of funding. CIAG funds may not be used to match any other County grant.

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Workshop recording:

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicants may request $5,000 – $20,000. Grant awards will likely be less than the amount requested. In this case, awarded applicants will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit an adjusted project budget that reflects any necessary changes.

Term of Contract
Organizations receiving 2024-25 CIAG grants will be awarded a one-year contract. The period of support will be from July 1, 2024 to June 30, 2025.

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have questions about the CIAG, please contact staff. Staff can be reached most expeditiously via email or schedule an appointment to speak with staff via phone at

Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 202-5858

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