Cultural Grant Program (for eligible organizations)


$1,500 to $70,000 depending on the organization's eligibility, request, and panel score


Department of Cultural Affairs


Aug 28, 2020 - 11:59 pm


Application open soon

DCA’s Organizational Grant Program invests in free or low-cost activities for the public (which will take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021), that are proposed by the following types of vendors/applicants:

  • Non-profit arts organizations may propose an Artistic Project, in any one or more art forms; or a non-profit arts organization (headquartered within the City of LA) may propose an Operational-Advancement Project (which directly results in more artistic activities for the public, as described in a strategic plan approved by the applicant’s Board of Directors). A special category of Arts Education is offered for youth-learning projects that begin within closed classrooms yet culminate in after-school public presentations.


  • Non-profit community-service organizations (an organization whose primary purpose is NOT the arts) may propose to plan and present an outdoor festival or parade in partnership with an arts manager, art curator or arts agency. Outdoor festival/parade proposals are accepted each year, but it is best that proposed outdoor performing-arts focused festival applications be submitted in even-numbered years while proposed outdoor cultural-arts focused festival applications be submitted in odd-numbered years

The 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.

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
  • Traditional/folk arts activities/presentations

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
  • Multi-disciplinary arts activities

Applicants who are ‘off-cycle’ are encouraged to call the staff for advice.



Qualified applicants:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations with a primary purpose to provide arts/cultural services, or charitable organizations, such as a 501(c)6 organization, that will partner with art experts to present an outdoor festival or parade, and;
  • Are headquartered in Los Angeles County and proposing projects that will specifically serve residents and visitors within the City of Los Angeles boundaries, and;
  • Have a minimum of one year of prior experience with the project they propose to make it “bigger, stronger, or faster” with City of LA support, and;
  • Have an arts/culture mission statement as well as specific metrics about the project and audiences they recently served within the City of LA, and;
  • Fulfill all of the additional qualifications for the category in which they apply.




A series of free online webinars are available to provide assistance to applicants.

Webinar space is limited to 30 participants per webinar, and RSVPs are required at least two business days in advance.




  • Online access to the guidelines and instructions is offered in late July 2019.
  • Deadline to apply is August 30, 2019.
  • Applicants will receive notification of results in May/June 2020.
  • Applicants receive a legal contract and/or panel feedback in July 2020.






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