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Operating Grant (OPG) I and II

Grants to California Arts and Cultural Organizations
in Eligible Areas for Operational Support

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Arts Council for Long Beach (ACLB)

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Deadline Date:

09/30/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to California arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations for operational support. First-time applicants must attend an orientation prior to applying. Eligible organizations must collect, present, preserve, and/or commission works of art that are regionally significant, that benefit the general public, and that enable audiences to better understand and appreciate the arts. Eligible applicants must be based in Long Beach.

Operating Grants I & II provide unrestricted, operating support to Long Beach-based arts and cultural organizations whose primary mission is to collect, preserve, present and/or commission exemplary works of art (e.g., art exhibitions, film and/or media arts, theatre, dance and/or musical performances).

Program Goals:

  • Artistic
    • Encourage the development of long-term, quality artistic programs
    • Support the development of innovative, creative and unique projects or programming that challenges audiences and participants
  • Organizational Management
    • Support best practices in organizational management, including long-term planning, accountability, fund development, transparency, evaluation, appropriate qualifications of board and staff and other professionals, and overall fiscal health
  • Community Impact
    • Support organizations that identify community needs and demonstrate a commitment and ability to meet needs through planning and program delivery
    • Support the development of new audiences
    • Support organizations that foster and enhance tourism and/or work to create a larger market or audience for an artistic discipline

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171774

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants are Long Beach-based arts and cultural organizations whose primary mission is to collect, preserve, present and/or commission exemplary works of art (e.g., art exhibitions, film and/or media arts, theatre, dance and/or musical performances). Eligible applicants produce works of art that are of regional significance, for the benefit of the general public and that provide educational opportunities that enable audiences to better understand and appreciate the arts.

Organizations must meet the following:
- Nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization
- Primary mission of offering arts or cultural programs to the public at large
- Minimum of three years of programming experience in Long Beach
- Artistic disciplines that include visual, audio, literary, media or performing arts
- Confirmed 2021–2022 program schedule and secured venue(s)
- Qualified professional artists and professional arts administrators in program planning and delivery
- A board of directors that meets regularly and holds an annual election of officers with a minimum of 80% of members who live or work in Long Beach
- Ongoing education programs for Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach residents
- Organizations may only apply for one Arts Council annual grant category: Operating Grant I, Operating Grant II, Community Project Grant or Professional Artist Fellowship
-- For Operating Grant I: organizations with total annual revenue between $250,000 and $1 million for the last completed fiscal year
-- For Operating Grant II: organizations with total annual revenue of more than $1 million for last completed fiscal year
- Annual audit conducted by a certified public accountant for OPG II
- Produce works of regional, national and/or international recognition
- Foster and enhance cultural tourism and/or works to create a larger market or audience for its particular arts discipline
- Maintain active membership, in related regional, state or national professional arts and cultural organizations

Arts Council for Long Beach requires that qualified professional artists and/or professional arts administrators be involved in program planning and implementation in order to provide quality arts and cultural programs. To determine if your organization meets this eligibility requirement, the artists or professional arts administrators involved with program planning and implementation will possess one or more of the following:

Professional Artists
- Education or training in the arts disciplines of the proposed programs
- Recognition in the artistic disciplines (i.e., awards, commendations, reviews)
- Experience as a community artist for one or more arts organizations
- For in-school projects only: experience with the CA Content Standards, including the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards

Professional Arts Administrators
- Education or training in arts administration
- Documented experience in producing and executing similar programs

Ineligible Organizations:
- City operated organizations or organizations that receive direct City funding from general fund
- Organizations whose primary mission is to provide support to another nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization
- Organizations with executive management who currently are Arts Council for Long Beach staff or serve as members of the Board of Directors or have immediate family member connections to the Arts Council for Long Beach staff or its Board of Directors
- Applicants with incomplete grant contracts funded by Arts Council for Long Beach in previous five (5) years
- Non-arts or non-cultural organizations
- Elementary and secondary schools and school districts
- Colleges, universities and venues or organizations on college or university campuses not possessing independent nonprofit status
- Organizations headquartered outside the City of Long Beach

Ineligible Expenses:
- Out-of-town travel or activity expenses
- The purchase of works of art
- Capital expenditures including permanent equipment, land, buildings or construction services
- Fundraising events or organizations whose primary mission is fundraising
- Trusts or endowments
- Debt reduction efforts or ongoing deficit operations
- Programs with religious or sectarian purposes or that are part of scheduled religious services
- Expenses incurred before the start date of the grant contract
- Programs that aid or service political campaigns or political groups
- Programs not accessible to the public
- Schools, school districts, colleges or universities

Pre-proposal Conference:

OPG I & II Orientation

August 30–September 15, 2021

Time: By appointment only. Required for all new Operating Grant applicants.

RSVP: Please send an email to the email address in Contact Information below to reserve your spot.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for the 2021-2022 grant cycle is Thursday, September 30, 2021.

Application Cycle Timeline:
- Application and Guidelines Available: August 26, 2021
- Application Deadline: Thursday, September 30, 2021 at 5 p.m.
- Grant Panel: October 2021

Grant Notification Projected Timeline:
- September: City Council passes 2021–2022 budget
- October–December: City Manager’s Office drafts new contract, confirms Percent for Arts Funding and establishes reporting deadlines.
- January/February 2022: Contract and first payment distributed

Staff is available on a limited basis to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. Be sure to contact staff far enough ahead of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated. Please contact the Arts Council for technical assistance at least two weeks before the application deadline.

All Operating Grant I & II recipients must provide a dollar-for-dollar (1:1) match for the 2021–2022 Fiscal Year. The cash match may be from corporate or private contributions; County, State or Federal governmental grants; or earned income. Funds from the City of Long Beach and/or in-kind contributions may not be used to meet the Arts Council for Long Beach matching funds requirement.

Applicant Presentation:
Applicants to the Operating Grant I and II categories are no longer required to make a presentation and participate in an interview with members of the grant review panel. In lieu of the presentation, the Arts Council for Long Beach asks for a digital presentation as part of the Artistic Documentation. The Arts Council suggests the following format for presentations: A 5-minute presentation about your organization’s mission, purpose, recent and future programs and other relevant information as a PowerPoint presentation or video.

Grant Applications and Assistance:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

To RSVP for the OPG I & II Orientation: Please email to reserve your spot.

Direct questions to:
Judy Estrada, Marketing & Grants Manager
Phone: (562) 435-ARTS (2787)

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