2019-2020 City Grant applications are now available online.

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Funded by the City of Santa Barbara and administered by the Office of Arts & Culture, the Community Arts, Events and Festivals, and Organizational Development grant programs provide grant opportunities to support nonprofit organizations that produce or provide arts and cultural programming in the City of Santa Barbara.

To be eligible for a City Grant, an organization must provide programs or services within the Santa Barbara City Limits. All first-time applicants must attend a grant workshop.

Community Arts grants are designed to support specific projects by arts organizations or individual artists who have a partnership with an arts or educational non-profit organization. The program supports projects that increase accessibility to the arts for under-served communities. The grant committee encourages proposals that focus on youth and families. Projects considered for this program must occur between October 1, and September 30, annually. The maximum amount of a Community Arts Grant is $6,000.

events and festivals grant program

Santa Barbara based non-profit organizations that produce and/or manage events, festivals, or innovative programming series during the shoulder season are encouraged to apply for the Community Events & Festivals Grant Program. The program supports quality community events that enhance the cultural life of Santa Barbara and attracts tourism to the City in after Labor Day and before Memorial Day. The Community Events & Festivals Committee assists in the developing, reviewing, and recommending grant proposals to the City Council to support events for residents and visitors.

The Organizational Development Grant Program allows organizations flexibility in utilizing this grant to build capacity, plan strategically, and remain stable and vibrant. Organizations of all size and all artistic disciplines are welcome to be a part of this grant process. Organizations that wish to apply must be an established non-profit, 501(c)(3), for at least two years, and be located in the City of Santa Barbara.