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Arts Grants and Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA)

Grants to Los Angeles County, California Arts and Cultural
Nonprofits for Operations and Capacity Building

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California Community Foundation (CCF)

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Grants to Los Angeles County, California small- or mid-sized, community-based arts and cultural nonprofits to support general operations and capacity-building activities. Applications are invited from organizations that serve diverse and low-income Los Angeles County residents of all ages through affordable, relevant, and local cultural programming.

CCF has expanded its grantmaking to include arts education organizations. These organizations may serve a K-12 constituency but must also meet the other requirements for CCF’s arts grantmaking.

CCF supports organizations offering a wide range of disciplines in the arts from dance, classical music and performing arts to media and visual arts. However, the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists program is currently only open to individuals whose main artistic practice is in the visual arts.

Fellowship for Visual Artists:
The Fellowship for Visual Artists (FVA) is a chief initiative of CCF’s art programs. CCF annually awards one-year fellowships to outstanding emerging and mid-career artists working in the visual arts. Each year, at least 14 artists are chosen by panels of art professionals to receive a one-year fellowship based on artistic merit and commitment to Los Angeles.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 172835

Number of Grants:

Fellowship for Visual Artists: Each year, at least 14 artists are chosen.

Estimated Size of Grant:

CCF Fellows receive:
-$15,000 one-year, unrestricted grant for emerging artists
-$20,000 one-year, unrestricted grant for mid-career artists
-Artists’ Retreat
-Membership in a prestigious group of artists Business skill development opportunities

Term of Contract:

Fellowships are for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The California Community Foundation is pleased to consider applications from organizations whose work is consistent with program goals and outcomes.

Eligible organizations are:
-Nonprofit agencies with evidence of tax-exempt status under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation
-Located within and primarily serving residents of Los Angeles County, except for regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the local population
-Operated and organized so that they do not discriminate in the hiring of staff or in providing services on the basis of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability

In addition to CCF’s general eligibility requirements, arts organizations should have an annual operating budget for the most recently completed fiscal year of between $100,000 and $2 million – excluding in-kind goods and services – and serve a majority of diverse and low-income L.A. County residents.

More likely to be competitive:
-A performing arts organization, located in a low-income community, whose central programming is to provide local artists with opportunities to create and perform their work in a community space, for a multigenerational audience, with low-cost or free tickets.
-A multidisciplinary arts organization that creates year-round opportunities for artists to teach residents to engage in culturally-specific art creation and locally present or exhibit their work.

Less likely to be competitive:
-A performing arts organization that serves populations outside their primary audience through its outreach or education program by bussing people into its own facility, rather than going to the community.
-A multidisciplinary arts organization that produces an annual one-day cultural festival.

Pre-Application Information:

Step 1: Letter of Intent (LOI)

LOIs are reviewed year-round on an ongoing basis. The applicant’s strategic plan (approved by applicant’s Board of Directors) is required for all grant requests.

-CCF Board Meeting Dates: March 2017; June 2017; Oct 2017; Dec 2017
-LOI Deadlines: Oct 28, 2016, Feb 6, 2017; July 25, 2017

Step 2: Grant Application:

Applicants are invited based on review of LOI and strategic plan.

-Applicants invited: Nov 2016; Feb 2017; Aug 2017
-Applications due: Dec 2016; Mar 2017; Sept 2017
-Site Visits: Dec 2016-Jan 2017; Mar 2017; Sept 2017
-Board Review: March 2017; June 2017; Dec 2017
-Applicant notified: March 2017; June 2017; Dec 2017

California Community Foundation eligibility quiz:

More information about the Fellowship for Visual Artists may be found here:

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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California Community Foundation
221 S Figueroa, St. #400
Los Angeles, CA 90012 MAP

P: 213-413-4130
F: 213-383-2046

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Los Angeles County