The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) has launched a call for application for its 2020 Cultural Grant Program. DCA’s Grants Program Office provides panel scores that can be held for two consecutive years (two one-year contracts), so applicants are encouraged to propose a project which can be repeated (in general or with a related theme) for a second year/term.
DCA’s Cultural Grant Program invests in free and/or low-costs activities and projects for the public (which will take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022), that are proposed by the following types of vendors/applicants:
- A non-profit arts organization may propose an Artistic Project, in one primary art form or discipline (which is also the selection to the expertise of the review panel. A special category of Arts Education is offered for youth-learning projects that begin within closed classrooms yet culminate in after-school public presentations. Three variety-arts categories are available for projects which cross disciplines (culture/history, multidisciplinary (for avant-garde fusions) and traditional/folk arts).
- A partnership between a non-profit community-service organization (an organization whose mission and program are not arts-exclusive but include cultural offerings) may propose to plan and present an outdoor festival or parade in partnership with a tribal elder, arts curator, or arts agency. Outdoor festival/parade proposals are accepted each year, but it is best that proposed outdoor performing-arts festivals be submitted in even-numbered years, while outdoor craft fairs be submitted in odd-numbered years.
- Applicants in even-numbered years are encouraged to apply within one of these categories: dance concerts or classes, music concerts or classes, theatrical workshops or productions, and/or multi-disciplinary arts activities.
- Applicants in odd-numbered years are encouraged to apply within one of these categories: culture/history presentations, literature or publishing projects, media activities or presentations, design/visual art exhibitions or museum projects, or traditional/folk arts activities/presentations.
- Applicants who are “off-cycle” are encouraged to call the staff for advice rather than selecting the wrong art discipline/panel-review expertise.
- Amount is sized Up to $70,000, depending on organization’s eligible request and panel score.
- Are nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations with a primary purpose to provide arts/cultural services, or arts-friendly charitable organizations (e.g. 501(c)3, 501(c)6, etc.) that will partner with an arts expert/agency to present an outdoor festival or parade;
- Are headquartered in Los Angeles County and proposing projects that will specifically serve residents, visitors, and/or tourists within the City of Los Angeles boundaries;
- Have a minimum of one year of prior experience with the project they propose to make “bigger, stronger, or faster” with City of LA support;
- Have an arts/culture mission statement as well as specific metrics about the project-audiences they recently served within the City of LA;
- Fulfill all of the additional qualifications for the category in which they apply.