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Now open! Community Foundation Santa Cruz County and Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Grantmaking Partnership for arts organizations.

We are excited to continue our grants partnership again this year and are offering a joint application and a single review panel for arts organizations with the goal of simplifying the application process and reducing the burden on our local arts community. For more information, please download and review a copy of our grant guidelines here. Applications opened in our online portal on Monday, January 6 and will be due by 5pm on Monday, February 3.

Grant Orientations

  • Support Grants for arts organizations only: Friday, January 10, 10:00-11:00am at Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
  • For individual artists, groups, organizations: the next Create and Develop grant orientations will be held in early March. Specific dates and locations will be posted here in early February.

Review Process

For arts organizations, a single application to both funders will be accepted through our online portal. The Arts Council will conduct application reviews and share the results of its review process with Community Foundation Santa Cruz County.  Each organization will then independently, set award amounts and make grant awards based on the availability of funds. The review period will take place between February-March and award announcements will be made on April 3, 2020

Questions for the Arts Council? Contact Hannah Garcia, Grants Program Manager at 831.475.9600 x16 or email hannah@artscouncilsc.org

Questions for Community Foundation? Contact Kevin Heuer, Director of Engagement and Impact at 831.662.2030 or email kheuer@cfscc.org

For more information about our other grants programs and opportunities, download a copy of the guidelines for the corresponding grant below.


Grant Opportunities

* For Public schools interested in the SPECTRA Matching-Grant Program, please visit: https://www.artscouncilsc.org/spectra/

Support Grant Program

Who it’s for: General operating support for 501c3 or fiscally-sponsored arts organizations in Santa Cruz County.

Award amount: Maximum award size is based on an organization’s previous year’s expense budget

Guidelines: The Winter 2020 guidelines are available for download here.

 * For the Spring 2020 application cycle for individual artists, groups and organizations, we have two grant opportunities for projects occurring between July 10, 2020 – July 31, 2021:

Create Grant Program

Who it’s for: Individual artists and organizations seeking support for public arts and culture projects in Santa Cruz County.

Award amount: Up to $3,000, but may not exceed 50% of the total project budget.

Guidelines: The Spring cycle guidelines will be posted in early March. For reference, the Fall 2019 are available for download here.

Develop Grant Program

Who it’s for: Individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for professional development activities.

Awards: Up to $1,000.

Guidelines: The Spring cycle guidelines will be posted in early March. For reference, the Fall 2019 guidelines are available for download here.

Our Objectives

The objectives of the Arts Council’s Grants Program are to:

  • support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work
  • increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations
  • engage new audiences in the arts
  • expand equitable access to the arts (improvement of disparities in representation and access in the arts)
  • increase social impact through art (advancement of social and racial justice issues in our community)

Review Process

Grants applications are first reviewed and scored by volunteer grants panelists based on application responses and grants guidelines and criteria. Applications are then sorted in order of highest panel scores and utilized by the Arts Council’s Grants Committee to develop a funding recommendation. After the Arts Council’s Board of Directors reviews and approves the Grants Committee’s funding recommendation. Sponsor and Support grant award announcements are made in early April. Create and Develop grant awards for Fall applicants are made in mid-December and for Spring applicants in mid-July.

For more information about Arts Council grant opportunities, please contact Hannah Garcia, Grants Program Manager, 831-475-9600 x16 or hannah@artscouncilsc.org. We recommend all applicants plan to attend an orientation session and apply early to avoid technical difficulties.

¿Quieres solicitar para una beca?

Noticias:

  • El próximo Ciclo de Becas del Otoño abre el 16 de agosto, 2019 al mediodía en nuestra sistema en línea.
  • La fecha límite para solicitudes es viernes, el 20 de septiembre a las 5pm.
  • Para entrar el portal o crear un nuevo perfil, visíta el sitio web aquí: http://bit.ly/artscouncilsc-grants.

Orientaciones de becas:

Proceso de evaluación

Las solicitudes serán revisadas por panelistas voluntarias y el Comité de Becas entre abril a junio. Después de la Mesa Directiva aprueba una recomendación de financiamiento, los premios serán anunciados a mediados de julio, 2019. El próximo ciclo de becas abrirá en agosto, 2019.

Para más información sobre estas programas, descargue la guía correspondiente abajo.


Oportunidades de becas

Para el próximo ciclo en otoño 2019, hay dos programas de becas que puede solicitar para financiar proyectos que ocurren entre el 10 de diciembre, 2019 al 31 de diciembre, 2020:

Proyectos Creativos

¿Quiénes?: Individuales o organizaciones, para proyectos o eventos públicos de arte/cultura. (Ejemplos: ¡murales, eventos culturales, y más!)

Oferta: Esta ofrece entre $1,000-$3,000

Guía de asistencia: Para más información sobre la Beca para Proyectos Creativos, descargue la guía de asistencia aquí.

Desarrollo Profesional

¿Quiénes?: Para todo tipo de artistas (bailarines, músicos, poetas, obras de teatro, etc.) o organizaciones de arte para el desarrollo profesional. (Ejemplos: apoyo para asistir conferencias, para aprender nuevas prácticas/habilidades, asesoría de negocio, materiales y equipo, y más!) 

Oferta: Esta ofrece máximo $1,000

Guía de asistencia: Para más información sobre la Beca para Desarrollo Profesional, descargue la guía de asistencia aquí.

Nuestros objetivos

Los objetivos del Programa de Becas son:

  • Apoyar la creación y presentación de trabajos artísticamente excelentes
  • Incrementar el éxito de los artistas y la sostenibilidad de las organizaciones artísticas
  • Ampliar el acceso equitativo a las artes
  • Involucrar a nuevas audiencias en las artes
  • Aumentar el impacto social a través del arte

NOTA: Para solicitar, visité nuestra sistema en linea aquí. Recomendamos que todos los solicitantes preparen temprano para evitar dificultades tecnicas. Puede completar la solicitud por internet o a mano. Puede imprimir una solicitud.

Para empezar una solicitud, visité: http://bit.ly/artscouncilsc-grants Por favor, revise las guías de asistencia antes que solicitar.

Para más información, llame a Hannah García, Administradora del Programa de Becas, al 831-475-9600 X16