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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Regions for Operational Support

Support Grants


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Funding Source
Arts Council Santa Cruz County
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Geographic Focus
USA: California: Santa Cruz County

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/27/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations in eligible regions to support organizational operations. Funding is intended to promote, connect, and invest in the arts with the goal of engaging communities, increasing access, and strengthening social impact in the communities of Santa Cruz County.

The objectives of the Arts Council’s Grants Program are to:

  • Support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work
  • Increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations
  • Engage new audiences in the arts
  • Expand equitable access to the arts 
  • Increase social impact through art

The following three criteria are used to evaluate Support grant applications:

  • Artistic Excellence and Relevance
  • Impact, Strategy & Sustainability
  • Equity & Accessibility

For additional information, see:

For all applications, further consideration is given to: organizations whose programming primarily takes place in neighborhoods most disproportionately impacted by inequities as indicated by the California Healthy Places Index (HPI). HPI is determined by mapping 23 key drivers of health outcomes — like education, job opportunities, and clean air and water. Click here for more information on HPI:


Additional Eligibility Criteria
An Applicant Must:
- Be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization;
- Have as its primary mission the development and delivery of arts and/or cultural programming to the public;
- Be based in and produce the majority of its work in Santa Cruz County;
- Have a board-approved non-discrimination policy.
- Have completed required reports for previous Arts Council grants

Not Funded:
- Capital improvements, construction, or renovation projects.
- Government departments, boards, or programs.
- Foundations that do not produce arts programming
- Social services, political or religious advocacy, or for-profit organizations
- School programs (the Arts Council funds school programs through their Arts Ed program and SPECTRA grants).
- Culinary arts or healing arts organizations.
- NEW: Universities and colleges, unless they are providing fiscal sponsorship for one arts program only.

Grants are provided for direct use by the awarded applicant. These funds are not transferable to other organizations or individuals.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Orientation Video:

Registration is encouraged for the Zoom grants orientation on August 22, which will include changes since the last cycle. A recording will be posted on the Full Grant Text RFP link after the orientation.

Register here:

August 28 - September 22:
Drop-in office hours in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, and on Zoom
Dates and locations TBD - Office hours are informal times when you can get grant application support from Arts Council staff. You can drop in during any of the scheduled times, and since there isn’t a presentation, you don’t have to be there at the beginning of the hour or stay til the end. If lots of folks show up at once, a learning circle approach will be used, with each person sharing questions or ideas. If you’re the only one, you will get direct one-on-one support! No questions or situations are too simple or too complicated.

Pre-Application Information
- August 22 10:30am-12pm: Zoom Grants Orientation (orientation will be in English; Spanish translation available if requested in advance)
- August 23: Application opens in the grants portal
- August 28 - September 22: Drop-in office hours in Watsonville, Santa Cruz, and on Zoom
- Wed. September 27 5pm: Application Deadline (no late applications accepted)
- December 8: Grant decision notifications sent to all applicants
- January 2024: Grant award letters and payments sent
- January - December 2024: Grant Period (when all grant funds must be used)

Applicants may only submit one application for one grant per cycle.


General FAQs:

Estimated Size of Grant
Annual grants range from $3,000 to $7,000.

Term of Contract
Awarded funds must be used within the grant period of January 1, 2024 - December 31, 2024. Any extensions must be approved by the Grants Program Manager.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For more information please contact:
Tamara Liu, Grants Program Manager
Anthony Rocha, Grants Program Associate

Arts Council Santa Cruz County
1070 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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