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Summer Arts Youth Program Grants

Grants to Sonoma County, California Nonprofits
for Youth Arts Programming in the Summer Term

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Creative Sonoma and the County of Sonoma

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

06/22/18 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Sonoma County, California nonprofit organizations for arts and creative programming serving youth entering the first grade through high school (ages 6-18) during the upcoming summer term. The purpose of this program is to support the healthy development of children, invest in the education of young people, and increase and enhance community-based partnerships.

The goals of the Summer Arts Youth Program Grants are to enable the County of Sonoma and Creative Sonoma to:

-Elevate the level of support to creative organizations and individuals dedicated to fostering creativity and providing arts training programs for youth;

-Support opportunities for youth to experience the arts in places convenient to their homes, schools and community centers;

-Give children the opportunity to maintain learning opportunities when school is out of session;

-Support projects that address children whose ability to participate in such programs may be limited by geography, economics or disability;

-Fund student participation across the geographic regions of the County.

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each application:

-Artistic Merit as evidenced by quality and scope of the program; expertise and experience of key artistic personnel implementing the program; reputation and history of the organization/individual, its programs and services; track record of providing high quality, comprehensive and specialized cultural arts summer programs for children and/or youth.

-Creativity/Innovation as evidenced by unique concepts, new ideas in planning and/or implementation, demonstrated evolution of project and/or organization, creative problem solving to achieve objectives or other measures successfully defined by applicant.

-Impact as evidenced by: high quality, active participation and enriching experiences for children and youth in the cultural arts; effectiveness in utilizing the arts to create positive, stimulating and educational experiences for young people; clear description of how the impact on participants will be measured (i.e., post event surveys, observation, etc.); number of youth anticipated to be served directly and effectively by the project.

-Capacity to Administer and Implement the Program as evidenced by: expertise and experience of key administrative personnel; capacity to attract additional outside support – financial, in-kind, volunteer, etc.; financial stability of the organization and/or previous project(s); ability to document/provide evidence of student participation and outcomes; ability to document/provide evidence of committed partners or collaborators; board and/or volunteer support of the organization.

-Targeted Audience Development: demonstrated efforts to reach underserved children and youth who may be limited by geography, economics or disability.

-Completeness and Clarity of application

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181725

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request up to $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Summer Arts Youth Program Grant recipients must produce a minimum of 20 hours of arts/creative programming, for students ages 6 (or entering 1st grade) to 18, during July 1–September 15, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

-Be legally incorporated in the state of California as a nonprofit with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Service code OR have a participating Fiscal Sponsor. Applicants/respondents using Fiscal Sponsors must complete and submit the Fiscal Sponsor Supplement, providing that the Fiscal Sponsor meets all the Eligibility Criteria and has a mission statement and organizational values similar to the Applicant organization. An applicant may apply that is also serving as a Fiscal Sponsor for a separate applicant.

-Be headquartered in Sonoma County.

-Be the program “owner/presenter” directly responsible for managing, overseeing and implementing ALL administrative aspects of the proposed program, including but not limited to student registration, reporting, data collection, scheduling, program design, presentation, etc.

-Offer arts/creativity programming as the primary focus of the organization’s activities.

The following are not eligible to apply:
-Departments, divisions, projects, commissions and boards of the County of Sonoma County
-Programs not accessible to the public
-Organizations submitting incomplete or handwritten applications
-Individuals or organizations whose projects will occur during a school session/day

Grant funds may not be used to underwrite scholarships for participation in other organizations’ arts programs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Consider registering for and attend the optional grant Q&A session (in person or via phone) on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 12:00-1:15pm, Creative Sonoma, 141, Stony Circle, #110, Santa Rosa. Either call in at 707-565-8996 (no code required) or RSVP via the link below.

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Pre-Application Information:

2018 DATES (Dependent on availability of funding, to be determined in early June):

- May 15, 2018: Q&A Info Session
- June 15, 2018: Online Application Entry Opens in Submittable
- June 22, 2018: Application Deadline
- Early July 2018: Awards Announced
- July 1, 2018 – September 15, 2018: Funding period

Contact Information:

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

To attend the May 25 Q&A session, call in at 707-565-8996 (no code required) or RSVP via the grant website.

Questions may be addressed to:

Samantha Kimpel

Gloria Rubio-Verduzco

Creative Sonoma
141 Stony Circle, #110
Santa Rosa, CA, 95401


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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Sonoma County