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LA County Department of Arts and Culture
Professional Development Newsletter
March Opportunities

California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Photo courtesy of the Little Tokyo Service Center.
California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Eligible Applicants: Only Nonprofit Cultural Institutions with any revenue size that meet eligibility criteria.

Application Deadline: March 23, 2021

Eligible Grant Award: $5,000 – $25,000

Details: Eligible nonprofit cultural institutions must complete a new application even if they already applied in Rounds 1 and 2; grants will only be available to nonprofits that did not receive funding in Rounds 1, 2 or 3; grants will be prioritized based on the documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019.
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Nonprofit Guidance

California Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowships

Artist Suzy Kim.
Individual Artist Fellowships

This program will support artists, 18 years of age and older, at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. The grant program identifies three career tiers at which artists may benefit from this support:
  • CAC Emerging Artist Fellows—$5,000 per award (approximately 70 artists to be supported) Artists with between two and four years of artistic practice.
  • CAC Established Artist Fellows—$10,000 per award (approximately 50 artists to be supported) Artists with between four and 10 years of artistic practice.
  • CAC Legacy Artist Fellows—$50,000 per award (approximately 10 artists to be supported) Well-established artists with 10 or more years of artistic practice.
Individuals may submit an application in one career tier only.
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Regional Parks and Open Space District Funding Opportunity

"5 up:5-14-138 San Andreas Break" by Michael Parker and Todd Cibirowski.
Regional Parks and Open Space District Unveils $33 Million in Innovative Park Funding Opportunities and $1 Million for Technical Assistance Program

The Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) announced new funding opportunities for park development across Los Angeles County, made possible by the Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016 (Measure A). Funded by an annual parcel tax, Measure A will help increase the amount of park space and improve neighborhood access to open space, particularly in ‘high park need’ or ‘very-high park need’ communities. In this upcoming grant cycle, RPOSD will offer $33.4 million in Measure A competitive grant funding and up to $1 million through its new Technical Assistance Program. Eligible park development entities are encouraged to attend a workshop and apply for Measure A funding.

The 2021 Measure A competitive grants programs will provide $33.4 million in funding to cities, non-profits, community-based organizations, schools and other eligible entities for projects, including:
  • Regional Recreation Facilities, Multi-use Trails, and Accessibility
  • Natural Lands, Local beaches, Water Conservation and Protection
  • Parkland Acquisition
Later this year RPOSD will provide additional funds for neighborhood park programs, including:
  • Recreation Access
  • Youth and Veteran Job Training and Placement
The new Technical Assistance Program (TAP) will provide up to $1,000,000 in funding to assist communities with the highest park need to develop park projects and write successful applications for the Measure A competitive grants programs. TAP will provide grantmaking training, technical resources and curated professional services for communities with the highest need for parks and open space in Los Angeles County.

Park development professionals are encouraged to attend workshops on how they can qualify to provide consulting services for:
  • Community outreach and engagement
  • Conceptualization, development, and innovation
  • Planning, design and multi-benefits
  • Grant writing and application
  • Project and construction management
RPOSD will host virtual workshops to provide detailed information for cities, non-profits, community-based organizations, schools and other eligible entities or individuals in March and April.
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Parks Needs Assessment

Art Council for Long Beach | Artist Covid Releif Grant Phase 3
The City of Long Beach’s Development Services Department has partnered with the Arts Council for Long Beach to deliver phase three of the Artist COVID Relief Grant. This grant program is for individual artists across disciplines who are struggling to have their basic needs (shelter, food, and medical) met due to loss of artistic income from COVID-19. Applicants will be asked to provide a short narrative that addresses how COVID-19 has impacted their ability to generate income from their art form and halted their artistic expression. Artists must meet the following criteria to apply:
  • be a professional, working Long Beach artist (age 18 or older)
  • be a member of the Arts Council registry
  • meet federal low-income thresholds and be able to demonstrate with documentation or certification
Applicants will be eligible for up to $3000. The applicant, once approved, will receive a monthly allocation of the grant. The online application will ask applicants to declare if they have received other relief funds in order to grant the allocation accordingly. Applications opened on Wednesday, March 10, 2021.

The Arts Council will accept all applications submitted by 11:59PM on March 31, 2021 and create a lottery for the application review process. Applications will be prioritize bdy income: very low-income, low-income, moderate income, previous grantees.
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Caravanserai Project
From Volunteers To Change Makers—How To Recruit, Communicate And Engage With Volunteers

March 26, 2021 | 9 - 10.30AM, PST
Via Zoom

Relying on volunteers for various tasks has always been part of the dynamic within many mission-driven organizations, for profit and nonprofit alike. Yet, one thing is for sure: volunteers should be seen as change makers that help your organization advance its work, not as a burden.

This interactive workshop is designed both for organizations and potential volunteers as it addresses the current narrative around volunteering and volunteer engagement. We will go through the volunteering journey step by step and show you how to make the most of it:
  • Assess your need for volunteers: extra help or unnecessary burden?
  • How to recruit volunteer: attracting the talent you need
  • Evaluation: The PAT Framework
  • Getting started with volunteers
  • How to communicate with volunteers
  • Volunteer’s experience: what are you able to offer?
  • From volunteer to staff member
This event is offered in partnership with We Make Change—a global online platform established in 2017 whose purpose is to connect ChangeMakers with Social Enterprises.

Advocacy In Action! Your Voice Needed in April - Arts, Culture & Creativity Month
From 'Californians For the Arts'

Friday, March 26, 2021 | 3 - 4:30PM
Via Zoom

The CA State Budget process for FY2022 is already underway. With a revisement in May and things set to go in June, April is the month where our voice is most effective in Sacramento. Every April, ACCM celebrates and recognizes the significance of our economic and social impact across communities in CA. It is especially relevant during challenging times to uplift the humanity that connects us all. While so much is changing quickly, one thing remains the same: arts are essential and community is built around arts and culture. CFTA is taking this campaign and making it a Movement!

This webinar will be your entry point on how you can engage in our month long activities to highlight the impact of your work as an artist or arts organization, how you can participate and take a leadership role in advocacy week to speak directly to your elected officials, and get the full details on what are we planning for our one full day (virtual) convening.

Small Business Administration | Shuttered Venue Operators Grant
Small Business Administration’s Shuttered Venue Operators (SVO) Grants

*PPP Recipients may apply for SVO Grants if received a PPP loan prior to 12/27/20.*

The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) Portal will officially open on April 8, 2021. For those interested, please register immediately for the SBA’s national webinar on SVOG that will take place on March 30, 2021 | 2:30 – 4PM ET. In this email, you will find some things you can do to get ready to apply as soon as possible, regardless of which Priority Category that you may fit into:
  1. Sign up for a Dunn and Bradstreet DUNS Number.
  2. Use your DUNS number to register in the federal government’s System for Award Management (SAM). You cannot use a Taxpayer or Employer ID Number to apply for an SVO grant. (Note: It could take up to two weeks to finalize a SAM registration.)
  3. Gather documents that demonstrate number of employees and monthly revenues to facilitate calculating the average number of qualifying employees over the prior 12 months.
  4. Determine gross earned revenue losses. It appears that SBA will use the Gross Earned Revenue definition to determine Priority Eligibility, but it’s not confirmed yet.
  5. Determine the extent of gross earned revenue loss you experienced between 2019 and 2020 on a quarterly basis.
  6. Make PDFs of additional information such as floor plans, contract copies and other evidence that will be needed to apply for an SVO grant.
  7. Sign up for a regional mailing list and webinar in your area and develop a direct relationship.
  8. Ask the SBA specific questions about SVO eligibility by e-mailing SVOGrant@sba.gov.
SVO Resources to Review: Federal Tax Income Questions & Answers
  • PPP funds should NOT be included in your taxable income.
  • PPP covered expenses CAN still be deducted on your tax return.
  • IRS direct stimulus checks should NOT be included in your taxable income.
  • EIDL Advances should NOT be included in your taxable income.
  • EIDL Loans are debt that must be repaid. They should NOT be included in your taxable income.
  • CARES Economic Relief Funds that State and Local Governments re-granted to individuals and businesses SHOULD be included in your taxable income according to the IRS.
  • State and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Assistance SHOULD be included in your taxable income.
  • Employee Retention Credits CANNOT be taken on that portion of employee wages that were covered with a PPP forgivable loan.
  • It’s not confirmed yet, but similar to PPP, it appears SVO grants will NOT be included in your taxable income, but your covered expenses CAN still be deducted.
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Center For Cultural Innovation | Quick Grant
Looking to invest in your creative practice? The Quick Grant program awards reimbursement funds to artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers in the state of California to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and work with consultants, coaches, and mentors in order to build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial sustainability of an organization, arts practice, or area of cultural production.

Before You Apply…

Quick Grants support professional development activities that build your business and administrative capacity.
The maximum award amount is $600.
The following are Ineligible for consideration:
  • Art projects, presentations, publications, exhibitions (i.e., requrests to support the development, completion, or presentation of artist work)
  • Fundraisers or youth workshops/exhibitions
  • Funding for rent, supplies, utilities, or other personal expenses
  • Technique or craft development (e.g., music lessons)
  • Activities that have already taken place
Questions? Contact the Center for Cultural Innovation | quickgrants@cciarts.org
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Center for Cultural Innovation | Investing in Artsits
CCI provides entrepreneurial training for individual artists working in all disciplines in order to enhance their business knowledge and career prospects as working artists
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COVID-19 Relief Fund & Resource Center
Looking for additional supports in response to COVID-19? Visit our COVID-19 Resource page for current and new funding opportunities and resources specifically supporting artists and arts organizations.
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Subsidized Classes + Scholarships for Organizational Grant Program Grantees
The Department of Arts and Culture subsidizes half- and full-day classes at The Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and The Nonprofit Partnership (TNP) for staff and board members of its OGP grantee organizations. All current OGP grantees with budgets under $15,000,000 are eligible to participate with the following provisions:
  1. Any staff or board members in organizations with budgets less than $5,000,000 may attend these opportunities.
  2. Mid-career and emerging leaders on the staff of organizations with budgets between $5,000,000 and $15,000,000 may attend these opportunities.
OGP grantees with budgets greater than $15,000,000 are not eligible to participate in these opportunities.

Eligible grantee organizations are eligible for up to five full and half-day courses at CNM and up to five half-and full-day courses at TNP per grant year, which runs from July through June.

Please Note: Sending three people to the same class counts as three of five, so be tactical in how you use these opportunities.

All half- and full-day workshops at the Center for Nonprofit Management (CNM) and The Nonprofit Partnership (TNP) are available to eligible grantees free of charge with a limit of five opportunities per grant year as described above. Advance registration is also required. Eligible grantees can access free registration for the half-and full-day classes of their choice at the CNM and TNP websites.

Please Note: Registering for a class but failing to attend that class will require payment in full for that class to either CNM or TNP.

Multi-day certificate programs at CNM and TNP are available to grantees at up to a 50% discount off the full registration, pending advance approval by the Department of Arts and Culture. Please fill out a scholarship application at least two weeks in advance of the first day of the program. Do not register for the certificate program until you have heard back from the Department of Arts and Culture.
Application Form

Eligible individuals from grantee organizations with budgets under $15,000,000 may apply for partial (up to 50% of registration with a cap of $600) scholarships to attend conferences and trainings of their choice. Scholarships may not be applied toward travel or housing costs.

Advance application is required at least two weeks prior to multi-day certificate programs, and one month before conferences. Unlike for half- and full-day courses, eligible grantees must pay full tuition up front, and receive the reimbursement payment from the Department of Arts and Culture upon submission of a brief survey and evidence of completing the conference/training.


Contact Laura Guerrero-Nieto | Senior Program Associate, Grants + Professional Development at lguerrero-nieto@arts.lacounty.gov or schedule an appointment to virtually meet with Laura.
LA County Department of Arts and Culture
1055 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90017
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