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Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG)

Grants to Los Angeles County, California Nonprofits, Organizations,
IHEs, and Municipalities for Community Arts Programs

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Los Angeles County Arts Commission

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12/19/18 11:59 PM PST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 to Los Angeles County, California nonprofits, municipalities, health organizations, and institutions of higher education for quality community arts programming. Funding is intended for organizations whose primary mission is outside the arts. Requests must be for a specific project only, not operating support.

CIAG recognizes the value of the arts 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 by increasing access and strengthening the quality of arts programming wherever it happens – in health nonprofits, the human service sector, criminal/restorative justice, community and economic development, or environmental justice, to name a few. This grant is designed to promote and highlight cross-sector strategies and support organizations that provide high-quality arts programs as part of their larger mission to provide services to individuals and in the community.

Community Arts Impact Grant funds can be used for program-related fees, salaries and contracts, marketing and advertising expenses, expendable supplies and materials, space rental, etc.

Applications must meet the following project eligibility criteria:
- The project is an arts project that takes place in Los Angeles County.
- Religious organizations are eligible provided the project reaches the broader community and is not religious or evangelical in purpose.
- Institutions of higher education are eligible provided the project engages in cross-sector work that provides expanded arts access to those normally not served by the organization. For example, a university mental health center or institute incorporating art therapy into the services they provide to their constituents.
- 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 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:
a. Demonstrate that program(s) align(s) with the California State Standards for the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA).
b. Demonstrate quality teaching and learning as demonstrated in the curriculum sample and application.
c. 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163532

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request $5,000 – $20,000.

Term of Contract:

The Community Arts Impact Grant Program supports one year projects which must occur between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nonprofit organizations and municipalities in Los Angeles County may apply for arts projects that take place in Los Angeles County.

Nonprofit organizations must meet all of the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

- 501(c)3 Tax-exempt status, as defined by the IRS
- Organizational operating budget of $25,000 or more.
- Principal offices in Los Angeles County.
- A functioning board of directors that meets regularly with at least 51% of members residing in California.
- At least two (2) full and consecutive years of providing arts services or activities in Los Angeles County. During the two year period the organization is required to have produced or hosted at least four arts-based workshops, classes, performances or presentations each fiscal year. Fundraising events and programs do not qualify.
- A submitted Federal Form 990 for a tax year ending on or after December 31, 2016. A submitted Federal Form 990, 990-EZ or 990-N is required of all applicants. Religious organizations should submit a reviewed financial statement or annual profit/loss and balance sheet information.
- For all organizations with operating budgets of $2,000,000 and above, a financial audit is also required for the applicant organization’s most recently completed fiscal year for a tax year ending on or after June 30, 2016.

Municipalities must meet the following eligibility requirements:

- One of 88 municipalities in Los Angeles County.
- At least two (2) full and consecutive years of providing arts-based services or activities in Los Angeles County in departments whose primary mission is to provide other than arts programming. During the two year period that the organization is required to have produced or hosted at least four arts-based workshops, classes, performances or presentations each fiscal year. Fundraising events and programs do not qualify.
- Municipal departments should submit a copy of their adopted annual departmental budget.

Fiscal Sponsors may apply on behalf of multiple sponsored projects that otherwise meet eligibility requirements, including a project budget of $25,000 or more, principal offices in LA County, two consecutive years of providing arts services or activities in LA County and less than 50% of their overall budget focused on arts-based programming. The fiscal sponsor is the applicant of record.

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 program 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
- Departments, centers, or institutes of higher education whose primary mission is to provide services other than arts programming
- Fiscal Sponsors may submit requests on behalf of multiple projects

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.
- Individual artists
- Los Angeles 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
- Organizations currently participating in or receiving funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission’s Organizational Grant Program (OGP) or the Arts Education Collective

The Community Arts Impact Grant welcomes projects that include cross-sector partnerships with artists and arts organizations. The primary applicant is the applicant of record and must meet all eligibility requirements at the time of application submission to be accepted for consideration.

Primary applicants may partner with a nonprofit arts organization(s). These must be true partnerships. Constituents from the primary applicant must be served by the grant. The applicant cannot apply simply on behalf of an arts organization.

Funds may not be used for personal gain, paid political advertising, capital projects or fundraising expenses.

Ineligible Projects
- Scholarly research
- Projects held, performed or exhibited outside of Los Angeles County
- Programs for private member communities or clubs
- Purchase of major equipment, land, buildings or construction, maintenance of existing facilities or other capital expenditures
- Travel or housing costs, including bussing
- Hospitality or food costs
- Funds going directly into trusts, endowments or cash reserves
- Projects with religious or evangelic purposes that specifically serve only church membership or proselytize.
- General funding for university presenting series, museums or galleries.
- Requests for support for an arts education related project taking place in school

The Arts Commission will not consider multiple requests for the same project or from the same nonprofit organization or municipality, except when considering proposals from fiscally sponsored applicants.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Application Workshops: November 14, 3-4:30 PM and December 5, 11 AM-12:30 PM

The Arts Commission strongly encourages all applicants to attend a CIAG Application Workshop, which provides an overview of the application, a walkthrough of the guidelines, eligibility requirements and tips on submitting a strong proposal. Visit the Arts Commission website for the full Workshop Schedule and to reserve a seat.

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December 5th Workshop:


CIAG office hours: December 6th, 2-5PM and December 13th, 10AM-1PM
Email to schedule a 30-minute appointment—in person or over the phone.

December Calendar:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications will be accepted November 7, 2018 through December 19, 2018. Applications, artistic documentation and supporting materials must be submitted no later than 11:59 PM PST on December 19, 2018.

All hardcopy materials sent by mail must also be postmarked by the deadline. Materials submitted in-person will not be accepted and application materials postmarked after this date will not be considered.

2019-20 Calender and Timeline:

- Guidelines, Application Available: November 7, 2018
- Application Workshops: November 14 and December 5
- CIAG office hours: December 6th and December 13th
- Application Deadline: December 19, 2018 at 11:59PM PST
- Staff Review: December 2018 to January 2019
- Panel Review and Commission Review: Spring 2019
- Board of Supervisors Review: July 2019
- Notifications Sent via Email: August 2019
- Contracting: September 2019
- Grant Period: September 1, 2019 - August 31, 2020

The Arts Commission strongly recommends submitting the application at least 5 days prior to the deadline to allow ample time to troubleshoot and resolve any technical or system errors

All CIAG grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar with earned or contributed cash support. 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 Arts Commission.

CIAG grants are disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Organizations must expend their grant and an equivalent amount in matching funds before they are able to request a grant payment. Grantees must invoice the Arts Commission to receive grant payment(s).

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

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If you have questions about the Community Impact Arts Grant, please contact grants staff:
Phone: (213) 202-5858
Address: Los Angeles County Arts Commission
1055 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Program Manager:
Laura Guerrero Nieto
Grants Associate

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Los Angeles County