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Dennis Mangers Fund for Young Performing Artists

Grants to California Nonprofits
for Youth Arts Programs

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Sacramento Region Community Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/24/20 5:00 PM PST


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Grants of up to $5,000 to California nonprofit organizations for arts training programs for underserved youth in eligible regions. Funding is intended for performing arts education, training, apprenticeship, and internship programs for youth between the ages of 8 and 17. Opportunities should benefit youth from one of the following counties: Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, and El Dorado.

Underserved youth are defined as low-income, or coming from communities of color that have not had affordable access to private training and education programs in the performing arts.

This funds seeks to support established in-house youth training programs for arts, cultural, and/or nonprofit organizations whose mission is to advance the performing arts. Programs can include any of the following elements of performing arts education and training, and are not limited to:

  • Basic fundamental, intermediate, or advanced performing arts skills and content training for instrument, voice, theater, dance or spoken word.
  • Experiential, practical and peer learning opportunities
  • Workshops, forums, or field trips to performing arts events
  • Access to professional artists as trainers, teachers, or mentors
  • Opportunities for continued learning opportunities through apprenticeships, internships, or auditions in the performing arts
  • Typical “front of house” and “back of house” training and education about other elements in the performing arts, such as business planning, marketing, production, set design, costume design, etc.

Grant dollars may be used for the following:

  • Underwrite the full or partial cost of tuition for low-income students.
  • Fees to professional experts/staff to execute the program and provide high quality training.
  • Direct costs associated with youth training program such as instruments, sheet music, transportation, etc.
  • Stipend for or fees to participate in any apprenticeship or internship, if applicable.
  • Indirect costs may only constitute up to 10% of funds requested.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 164659

Estimated Size of Grant:

Requests for support may be made for up to $5,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizational Eligibility Requirements:
- Located and serve in the eligible 4-county region.
- Must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in good standing with the IRS.
- Must be an arts organization with performing arts as its core mission or a nonprofit that includes the performing arts as a major component of its programming.
- Have a current profile on the region’s nonprofit database, GivingEdge. Applicants may still apply for funding without a profile, but will be required to have an approved profile by the end of your grant term. GivingEdge will be accepting applications for new profiles beginning in mid-June.

Pre-Application Information:

Selection Process and Timeline:
Applicants will be screened internally by Foundation staff for eligibility. Submission will then be reviewed by a selection committee. Applications will only be accepted through the online application. Selected organizations will be required to submit a final report describing how the funds were used.

- Request for Proposals Launch: February 3, 2020
- Proposals Due: Feburary 24, 2020 (5:00 P.M. PST)
- Grantees Notified & Awards Announced: Week of March 9, 2020

Contact Information:

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

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For questions regarding the application process, using the online system or timeline, please contact

For questions regarding content (narrative/budget questions) or other inquiries regarding this opportunity, please contact:
Niva Flor
Director of Grantmaking & Strategic Impact

Sacramento Region Community Foundation
955 University Avenue, Suite A
Sacramento, CA 95825

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USA: California: Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, and El Dorado counties.

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