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Last update December, 2017
CDEA Grant/Scholarship Resources
State and National Grants
Maximum Grant: $35,000
Deadline: December 31, 2017
Grants of up to $2,500 will awarded to nonprofits, schools, or recognized government entities. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis.
California Arts Council-California-State
Listings provided on State Grants and Scholarships
Deadline for the next cycle is January 1, 2018
The S.T.A.R. Foundation of Monterey County supports youth-related performing arts activities in Monterey County. We provide support for programs operating under the umbrella of a non-profit organization in Monterey County, CA.. Our grants are designed to supplement existing programs by providing funding for capital technical expense (e.g., lighting, sound and musical equipment), augment instruction by providing guest artists/docents in acting, make-up, scenic, sound and lighting design, maintenance of musical instruments, scholarships, tuition relief, and more. We also fund reimbursement of discounted or free tickets for students and their families for local productions.
Small Arts Grants Program
Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Small Arts Grants Program is to support the development and presentation of the work of living Bay Area artists. Innovative new work is the priority. Applications to mount historical works by artists no longer living will not be considered, unless there is a significant new artistic voice that is shaping the project (e.g. composer, choreographer, director, or playwright). Grants may be awarded for: artists’ fees for creative time; production costs for performances, post production costs for film projects; exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts projects; activities that contribute to overall artistic development; and efforts to strengthen an organization’s artistic impact within the community and/or an artistic discipline.
East Bay Community Foundation: Funds for Artists
Deadline: February 1, 2018
EBCF will be distributing grants of $500-$8,000 to match donor contributions on a 1-to-1 basis for the commissioning of new works by Bay Area artists. Organizations and Artists wishing to apply should follow the eligibility guidelines listed in the URL. EBCF’s overall goals for this work:
Support for the creation of new works by local artists and for East Bay organizations; Support for composers, playwrights, choreographers, visual and media artists in the Bay Area;Engagement of donors; Support for diversity of artistic practices and organizations; Provide opportunities for communities of color to experience art that represents their culture and history.
RSVP to attend a How to Apply Webinar (see webpage to register):
Wednesday, January 3, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. PST – 4:00 pm PST.
National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works
Deadline: February 15, 2018
Art Works is the National Endowment for the Arts’ principal grants program. Through project-based funding, they support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Projects may be large or small, existing or new, and may take place in any part of the nation’s 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.
They encourage applications for artistically excellent projects that: Celebrate America’s creativity and cultural heritage; Invite a dialogue that fosters a mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all persons and groups; Enrich our humanity by broadening our understanding of ourselves as individuals and as a society. Grants generally will range from $10,000 to $100,000.
Arts Council for Monterey County
Deadline: February 15, 2018
The Arts Council for Monterey County has announced new grants for art programs and cultural groups. All art festivals, programs and cultural groups with annual budgets less than $100,000 are eligible to apply — thanks to new funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The purpose of these new grants is to further increase access and opportunity for all Monterey County residents. In addition to funding, Arts Council staff will provide consultation and help selected groups connect with additional resources. The new grants are designed to serve small groups that may or may not have a 501©(3) designation.
2018 Cultural Arts Funding Grant
City of Laguna Beach
Deadline: February 5, 2018
The grant program seeks to: • Promote and encourage arts and cultural activities in the city of Laguna Beach. • Develop cultural programs that encourage audience participation. • Encourage artistic excellence. • Develop new audiences for the arts.
The Ahmanson Foundation
Deadline: Grants are awarded throughout the year. See website for more info.
Description: The Ahmanson Foundation serves Los Angeles County by funding cultural projects in the arts and humanities, education at all levels, health care, programs related to homelessness and underserved populations as well as a wide range of human services.By supporting non-profit organizations that demonstrate sound fiscal .management, efficient operation, and program integrity, the Foundation strives to enhance the quality of life and cultural legacy of the Los Angeles community.
W M Keck Foundation
Deadline: January through February 15, 2018
The Southern California Program the W M Keck Foundation seeks to promote the education and healthy development of children and youth, strengthen families and enhance the lives of people in the greater Los Angeles area through its support of organizations that provide arts and cultural enrichment, civic and community services, early childhood and pre-collegiate education, and health care. Projects that address compelling issues and have the potential to have a significant impact on the target population, organization, region and/or field are encouraged. A special emphasis is placed on projects that focus on children and youth from low-income families, special needs populations and safety-net services. Collaborative initiatives as well as projects arising from the vision of one organization’s strong leadership are supported. Nonprofit organizations, including colleges and universities, pursuing relevant projects in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply.
Address 470 W. Walnut St.
Pasadena, CA 91103
Deadline: January 17, 2018
Finlandia Foundation National is accepting applications to their annual Grants for Cultural Projects program. The program awards funds to projects related to Finnish-American and Finnish history, heritage, arts and culture. Maximum Grant Amount$5,000
Deadline: January 5, 2018
Las Patronas makes capital grants to non-profit organizations in San Diego and Imperial Counties that provide valuable community services in the areas of health, education, social services, and cultural arts.Las Patronas will only fund specific, critically-needed capital items that have a useful life of at least three years.
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