Cultural Grant Program


up to $53,000, dependent on organization's budget


Department of Cultural Affairs


August 24, 2018 -- *CLOSED*




Email Grants Division
or call 213-202-5566



DCA’s Organizational Grant Program invests in:

  • Festival collaborations between community service organizations and local arts organizations.
  • Nonprofit arts organization administrative operation projects.
  • Nonprofit arts organization creative projects which result in measurable sets of business/networking activities.
  • Culture/history presentations, dance concerts or classes, design/visual art exhibitions or museum projects.
  • Literature or publishing projects, media activities or presentations,  or music concerts or classes.
  • Outdoor festivals or parades, theatrical workshops or productions, traditional/folk arts activities or presentations, and/or multi-disciplinary arts activities.
  • All DCA grant-funded services must support or culminate in activities which are free or low-cost and open/accessible to community audiences and city visitors.



Successful applicants:

  • Nonprofit 501(c)3 organizations with a primary purpose to provide arts/cultural services, or a charitable organization [such as a 501(c)6] that will partner with one or more arts partners to present an outdoor festival or parade.
  • Emphasize arts/culture in its mission statement (unless collaborating with an arts partner for an outdoor festival or parade).
  • Are headquartered in Los Angeles County and understand that the project for which they are requesting funding will operate within the City of Los Angeles boundaries.
  • Have a minimum of one year of prior art programming within the City of LA.
  • Fulfill the additional qualifications for the category in which the organization applies.




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.




  • Opens Monday, July 16, 2018.
  • Deadline to apply is August 24, 2018.
  • Grant activity/projects should take place between July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020.
  • May/June 2019: Applicants will receive notification of results.


  • Contra-Tiempo, FY15-16 Cultural Grants Program grantee

Frequently Asked Questions

    A non-profit arts organization may apply for one artistic project or one operating project grant, and may also apply for an outdoor festival/parade grant.

    The guidelines and forms for the organizational grants and outdoor festival/parade grants program are posted onto the DCA website in the first week of July each year. The deadline for submitting a proposal for either grants program is the third Friday in August of each year.

    Historically, the average grant amount has been approximately $7,000.

    Eligible organizations must:

    1. be a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, or a charitable organization [such as a 501(c)6] that will partner with one or more arts partners to present an outdoor festival or parade
    2. have an emphasis on arts/culture in its mission statement (unless it is a 501(c)6 that partners with arts organizations for an outdoor festival or parade)
    3. be headquartered in Los Angeles County
    4. have a minimum of one year of prior arts programming within the City of L.A.
    5. have a prior annual revenue of at least $10,000

    Newly formed or very small nonprofit arts organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $20,000 per year are eligible for the Emerging Arts Organization (EMG) grant program. EMG grants generally range from $500 to $3,000 each. Interested applicants should submit a letter of intent to DCA’s Grant Director, who will in turn call for additional information. Eligible organizations will be scheduled for appointment so that DCA staff can guide the applicant toward making the most competitive written proposal. EMG is not open to organizations that have applied unsuccessfully in other DCA grant categories.

    Generally speaking, DCA is unable to provide grant contracts with an organization that uses another organization as a 501(c)3 fiscal receiver. There is one exception to this rule, and that is if the fiscal receiver organization is Community Partners. Information about Community Partners can be found at

    Individual artists can apply to either the Artist-in-Residence (AIR) grant program or the City of LA master artist fellowship program (COLA). AIR provides grants of up to $8,000 for an artist to provide a series of arts workshops to an underserved population within the City of LA, along with a culminating event open for the public to attend. The COLA program provides grants of $10,000 to individual artists (or duos) to create new work at an exhibition or performance that will be curated by DCA.

    DCA convenes discipline-specific Peer Panels of artists, arts administrators, educators, art enthusiasts and other experts. Consideration is given to creating teams with demographics appropriate for each category and reflective of the City including such factors as: artistic expertise, gender, geographic knowledge and cultural understanding. Peer panels are charged with reviewing all eligible proposals, discussing project worthiness, making comments and assigning numerical scores. Individually, each panelist considers the applications in relation to Cultural Affairs’ goals and criteria and in comparison to other proposals. Panelists use DCA’s score-sheets for consistency and score each application up to 100 points. After individual review and consideration, the panelists gather for collegial discussion at one or more group meetings, wherein average scores are computed and final rankings determined.


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