Arts Activation Fund


Up to $12,000


Department of Cultural Affairs






Ben Espinosa


Photo: Journey Beats Photography – Joe Finton


The Arts Activation Fund (AAF) helps launch and grow temporary “public-art” projects such as festivals, art walks, vinyl murals, or innovative pop-up events, which use the arts to activate uninviting streets and sidewalks.

Grants of $7,500 – $12,000 are available for projects located on specific street corridors or intersections in the City of Los Angeles which will take place within 2-3 months of the date a proposal in submitted. Applications are accepted and reviewed monthly from November through June 2020.


The most competitive project-ideas will meet all five of the following criteria:

  • Primarily take place on public streets or sidewalks (and adjacent spaces as needed),
  • Intend to enhance the proposed corridor or intersection because it currently has little or no arts-identity and thus needs to be uplifted through creative-expression,
  • Are proposed and coordinated by a neighborhood business, business owner, or activist living or working near the proposed site (and do not currently access other resources from DCA),
  • Demonstrate an opportunity to build awareness, cooperation, or collaboration among local businesses and community groups to engage and encourage “a sense of character”
  • Promise to employ multiple neighborhood artists and enlist other community volunteers in coming together to express one (or a few) community-relevant theme(s).


The five goals of the AAF are to:

  • Enliven our City’s ‘Great Streets’ and other streets which are under-animated.
  • Activate creativity as a tool to develop community pride and character (where it is currently weak or missing).
  • Provide resources to community stakeholders (community activists, event leaders, for-profit business owners, and/or non-profit agencies) that do not have any other business contracts with DCA.
  • Foster collaborative planning and production of projects that focus on relevant community themes.
  • Engage, promote, and pay local artists.

Ready to go? Please read the full guidelines for the Arts Activation Fund here.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their eligibility and ideas with Ben Espinosa at (213) 202-5566. DCA may be able to match you to other funding opportunities.

The short and easy online application can be found at the end of the guidelines (see link above).   here.


Photo: Jason Huy Ho


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