2013 City Cultural Arts & Events and Festivals Grants
Grant recommendations will be heard by City Council in September. Notifications will go out in September after City Council approval.
APPLICATION & TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOPS for CITY CULTURAL ARTS GRANTS
WEDNESDAY, May 29, 2013 at Noon-1:00 p.m. OR 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Granada Garage Conference Room, 2nd Floor, 1221 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara.
Advanced registration for the One-hour Workshop is NOT required.
City of Santa Barbara 2013 Grants Deadline: Monday, June 10, 2013, 11:59 p.m.
2013 Community Arts Enrichment Grant (New)
This new grant category was created in 2012 with a collaboration between the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Grants will be accepted twice a year on April 30th and September 30th .
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA
CULTURAL ARTS & EVENTS AND FESTIVAL GRANTS
Santa Barbara has significantly more nonprofit arts organizations than any other city in the state. No city of its size has as vast array of arts programs as Santa Barbara. In 1982 using $12,000 from the California Arts Council the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission began granting public funds to local nonprofit arts organizations. Prior to that the City of Santa Barbara had been funding a few arts organizations through its Community Promotions Funds after the Neighborhood Arts project at the Center for Community Education published a small pamphlet on how to use the arts to draw visitors to Santa Barbara. In 1996 the Arts Commission pulled together funds from the James Irvine Foundation, the City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara Foundation to provide Audience Development and Artist-in-Residence grants. This three-year Art in Civic Culture program brought $1,350,000 to artists and arts organizations until 1999. Performing groups like BOXTALES, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, and Ensemble Theater all benefited from these funds.
Until 2003 the County Arts Commission annually funneled over $100,000 in California Arts Council funding to area school districts for cultural programs while providing technical assistance to many area artists and arts organizations seeking state funding as well. For the last three years the California Arts Council has not been funded by the state. Arts organizations in Santa Barbara County that annually received an additional $250,000 in California Arts Council funds also lost much needed grant money.
Over the last twenty years Santa Barbara has developed an unequaled cultural life for a city of its size and the consistent support from the Arts Commission’s grants program has been an essential part of support for nearly every area arts organization. While many private foundations in Santa Barbara support the arts, none are exclusively arts focused. With less than $500,000 to allocate each year the Arts Commissions City Arts Grants program leads the way in the number and total amount of grants to the arts.
The City of Santa Barbara has a broad policy of support for the arts that is rooted in over 20 years of city planning, public and private funding and active partnerships. We can weather the drastic cuts in state funding with a coordinated effort that includes facility development and private support for small and mid-sized groups and artists and a commitment to arts education in every community.
COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA COMMUNITY ARTS ENRICHMENT GRANTS
The Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. As part of an updated lease agreement with the County of Santa Barbara, the Bowl has created an arts subsidy fund with twenty-five cents per ticket sold to every Bowl concert contributing. The much-needed funds will be used by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission to leverage additional funding sources and community resources, eliminate barriers like materials, artist fees and transportation costs to provide cultural activities, music and art instruction to rural youth, and build beneficial partnerships and collaborations throughout Santa Barbara County.
Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the Arts Commission states “This partnership with the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation will allow the Arts Commission to reach and serve small rural communities and other areas of the County that currently have little or no access to art, and cultural activities. We intend to maximize the impact of the funds generated from this agreement by leveraging them to attract private funding support, volunteerism and increase community engagement.”
GRANTS AT A GLANCE
County Grant: (offered twice each calendar year)
Community Arts Enrichment Grants (CAE)
Mini-grants of up to $5,000 to artists and arts organizations serving Santa Barbara County. CAE grants are intended to support artists and arts and cultural organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in Santa Barbara County communities.
City of Santa Barbara Grants: (Offered once per calendar year)
Community Arts Grants (CA)
Grants range from $500 to $6,000 and are directed at support for short-term projects with a community connection. Often these grants focus on children and families and have significant artist involvement. Grant recommendations are made by the City Arts Advisory Committee.
Community Events & Festivals Grants (EF)
Grant recommendations are made by the seven member City Council appointed Community Events and Festivals Committee. The Committee reviews requests for support and makes recommendation for amounts between $1,000 and $40,000.
Organizational Development Grants (OD)
Grants are made to city-based non profit arts organizations to assist in organizational development and stability. Grants range in amount from $1,000 to $18,000. Grants are recommended to the City Council by the City Arts Advisory Committee.