Local Arts Grants:

Project/Program Support & Organizational Support

IMPORTANT DATES

  • Application Available: February 25, 2019
  • Application Due: April 1, 2019 
  • Public Panel Review: May 2-3, 2019
  • Grant Award Notification: May 20, 2019 

LOCAL ARTS GRANTS: PROJECT/PROGRAM SUPPORT

Project/Program Support may be used to present free or low-cost performances, screenings, exhibitions, educational services, festivals, literary readings, workshops, and seminars or other services; and to make diverse cultural arts programs broadly accessible to residents of San Mateo County. In the case of human services organizations where their budget is based on grant-funding to specific programs, i.e. arts or arts education, the arts program budget shall be $1 million or less.

LOCAL ARTS GRANTS: ORGANIZATIONAL SUPPORT

Organizational Support provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission. General operating support grants may be used to cover day-to-day activities or ongoing expenses such as administrative salaries, utilities, office supplies, technology maintenance, etc., as well as for project costs, and professional development. This grant does not fund any capital expenditures that will extend beyond the grant period such as technology purchases. Applicants are required to submit a written two-year organizational plan and a CDP report.

Review Criteria

Highest priority will be given to proposals that will help maintain financial stability for the recipient organization and vibrant programs for audiences served. Requests for both Project/Program Support or Organizational Support funds are reviewed based on evidence of:

Highest priority will be given to proposals that will help maintain financial stability for the recipient organization and vibrant programs for audiences served.

Requests for both Project/Program Support or Organizational Support funds are reviewed based on evidence of:

  • Organization-wide planning and decision-making
  • Proposed project/program designed within the scope of the mission and vision of the organization
  • A clear and articulated vision for implementation and success
  • A high value for diversity in your organization’s personnel and audiences served
  • Strong financial management
  • Periodically review and update programs to reflect community needs.
  • Engaged boards that contribute financially
  • Goals and appropriate evaluation methods
  • Partnering with others for community benefit and organizational efficiency
  • Audiences who demonstrate an interest in its artistic programs
  • For all public art projects, whether on public or private property, the grant applicant must provide either (a) written authorization for the project from the owner of the property, or (b) a copy of the applicant’s lease that indicates the applicant has permission to conduct the project on the property (for example, a clause in the applicant’s lease authorizing the applicant to modify, alter or add public art to the property).
  • 2018 San Mateo County Arts Commission grantees must submit a Mid-Term or Final Report prior to the application deadline.
Review Process

All grant applications are reviewed for completeness by Commission staff. Peer panels review and rank applications based on Review Criteria. Panels may recommend readiness or planning grants that provide management consulting or training, such as services of the Center for Nonprofits, proactively as it sees fit. Based on the panel review, the Arts Commission makes a recommendation of grants to be awarded to the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Decisions of the Arts Commission and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors are final.

San Mateo County Arts Commissioners who have professional or volunteer affiliations with any organizations that apply for grants from the Commission must excuse themselves from any panel review or deliberation concerning these grants.

What We Fund

The Arts Commission provides funding to arts organizations located in San Mateo County for the following purposes. 

  • Strengthen their artistic product; strengthen overall organizational unity and effectiveness; increase, diversify and leverage revenue; improve communications systems; or improve their connection and profile in the community.
  • Grant funding may be also used to increase staff efficiency.
    • NEW in 2019 For Organizational Support Grants! Staff efficiency includes but is not limited to: (a) employing an emerging arts leader of color with less than 5 years of professional experience, or (b) employing college interns from underrepresented populations to increase  
  • In particular the Arts Commission supports arts events, programs, outreach, engagement or services that create social vitality and cultural equity in neighborhoods, K-12 schools and with diverse and underserved constituencies. All services must take place within San Mateo County and be accessible to the public.
  • For all public art projects, whether on public or private property, the grant applicant must provide either (a) written authorization for the project from the owner of the property, or (b) a copy of the applicant’s lease that indicates the applicant has permission to conduct the project on the property (for example, a clause in the applicant’s lease authorizing the applicant to modify, alter or add public art to the property).
  • 2018 San Mateo County Arts Commission grantees must submit a Mid-Term or Final Report prior to the application deadline

Please note: If funded, all applicants will be REQUIRED to send a letter to their District Supervisor and attend a Board of Supervisors meeting to provide comments during the Public Comment portion. In both occasions, applicants are to detail how the SMCAC Project/Program Grant has helped support your organizational programming.

What We Do Not Fund

  • Organizations with a total budget of more than $1 million. An exception applies for project/program support grants: in the case of human services organizations where their budget is based on grant-funding to specific programs, i.e. arts or arts education, the arts program budget shall be $1 million or less.
  • Individuals, individual artists, scholarships or fellowships
  • Capital expenditures including construction projects; purchase of land and buildings, equipment, or debt repayment
  • Trusts, endowment funds or investments
  • Former grantee organizations not in compliance with SMCAC grant requirements (as stipulated in grant agreement)
  • Expenses incurred before the starting or after the ending date of the grant
  • Hospitality or food costs; social functions, parties, receptions and/or fundraising events
  • Programs or services for private use, or for use restricted by membership
  • Parent-teacher associations, student groups, clubs, recreational or social organizations
  • Elementary or secondary schools and school districts, boards and associations
  • Organizations or activities that are part of the curricula of a college, university or community college
  • Activities with a political or religious purpose or lobbying activities
To Apply

For the organizational grant, please use these links.

First-time users register at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=563&refProgType=all

Returning users login at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/login.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=563&refProgType=all

For the Program/Project grant, please use these links. 

First-time users register at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/register.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=564&refProgType=all

Returning users login at: https://www.commongrantapplication.com/login.php?refOrgId=49051&refProgId=564&refProgType=all

 

For any application related questions, please contact Amisha Motipara, Arts Commission Manager via email: artscommission@smcgov.org.