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Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD) Program

Matching Grants to San Diego, California Nonprofits for
Community Arts and Culture Programs

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San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture

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02/08/19 11:59 PM


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Matching grants starting at $5,000 to San Diego, California nonprofits to support community-based arts and culture programs. Applicants must complete a request for qualification before applying. Eligible projects include community celebrations, festivals, and parades, and those projects that encourage community reinvestment and foster neighborhood pride. The funding source intends to make arts and culture activities more accessible in all San Diego neighborhoods and to encourage people of diverse backgrounds to share their heritage and culture.

Grants will be awarded based on the following criteria:
-Administrative Capacity
-Financial Management
-Governance Practices
-Past Performance on City Contracts

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 144999

Estimated Size of Grant:

CCSD applicants are typically awarded between 15%-28% of their project budgets. The minimum award amount an applicant can receive is $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Expenses must be incurred by the applicant during the FY20 contract period (July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Your organization is eligible to apply for a contract award if:
-Your organization holds tax-exempt nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(6) of the Internal Revenue Code
-Your organization has a three-year history of operating with its own independent governing board (not under a fiscal sponsor)
-Your organization’s project will take place within the limits of the city of San Diego and/or benefit San Diego residents
-Your project aligns with the purpose of Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funding which is:

1. To enhance the economy;
2. To contribute to San Diego’s national and international reputation as a cultural destination;
3. To provide access to excellence in culture and the arts for residents and visitors;
4. To enrich the lives of the people of San Diego; and
5. To build healthy, vital neighborhoods.

Fiscal sponsors can apply on behalf of a project producer. The fiscal sponsor will be the primary applicant and contract holder, accountable for meeting contractual requirements and receiving payment on behalf of the project.

Your organization is NOT eligible for a CCSD contract award if:
-General Operating Support: Your organization is seeking funding for general operating support. (The Commission offers a different funding program called Organizational Support Program [OSP] for general operating support.
-Schools: Your organization is a university, community college, school district, or private educational enterprise.
-Regranting: Your organization’s primary purpose is grantmaking.
-Multiple Applications: Your organization has applied or will apply for Fiscal Year 2020 funds through another TOT category as defined in Council Policy 100-03

-City funds may not be used for alcoholic beverages, travel, meals, lodging, entertainment, capital or equipment outlay, buildup of reserves, or the purchase of awards, trophies, gifts or uniforms.
-City funds may not be used for lobbying, religious activities, or political activities.
-City funds will not be provided to any applicant found to discriminate, in the conduct of its activities and affairs, against any person because of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, physical disabilities, age, or sexual orientation.

Pre-Application Information:

Matching Income Requirement: A cash match is required for all applicants that receive a CCSD contract from the City. All matching income must be received during the contract period.
-An applicant awarded CCSD funding for a project with expenses exceeding $30,000 is required to provide a 3:1 cash match.
-An applicant awarded CCSD funding for a project with expenses below $30,000 is required to provide a 2:1 cash match and up to 50% of the match can come from in-kind donations.

Any applicant awarded CCSD funding is required to provide the required cash match based on their submitted project budget. The minimum award amount is $5,000; therefore, the minimum required cash match amount is $10,000-15,000, based on the match income guidelines. Match income must be received by the applicant during the FY20 contract period between (July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020).

Each applicant awarded funding must receive an executed contract from the City before submitting invoices for reimbursement, and it can take a minimum of 6 months from July 1 for the City to provide an executed contract.

FY2020 Funding Process Schedule
-September 19, 2018: Application guidelines and online Request for Qualifications (RFQ) form published -September 24-October 12, 2018: Office Hours with staff available re: How to Submit an Application (RFQ) -October 15, 2018: RFQ addenda published, if necessary
-October 19, 2018, 5:00 p.m.: Cut off for questions re: RFQ
-October 19, 2018, 11:59 p.m.: Responses to RFQ due
-October 22 – December 4, 2018: RFQs evaluated by one trained team, including Commission staff.
-December 5, 2018 – December 11, 2018: Announce results of RFQ evaluation - Start of 5-day "cure" period for applicants deemed "Not Qualified" due to missing or incomplete materials in RFQ
-December 17, 2018: Announce results of the “cure” period ** Staff will have limited availability for any questions from December 18, 2018 – January 2, 2019.
-January 7, 2019: Online Request for Proposals (RFP) published
-January 10 – January 30, 2019: Technical assistance workshops and Office Hours re: How to Submit a Proposal (RFP) provided (Dates: TBD)
-February 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m.: Cut off for questions re: RFP
-February 8, 2019, 11:59 p.m.: Responses to RFP due
-March 11 – March 22, 2019 Panels convene to discuss and recommend scores/ranks for RFPs FY20
-March 25, 2019: Results of RFP evaluation announced to applicants
-March 25 – April 5, 2019: Appeals process (10 working days)
-April 8, 2019: Results of appeals announced
-April 12, 2019: Policy & Funding Committee of Commission receives RFP rank recommendation from panels and makes recommendation to Commission
-April 12, 2019: City’s FY2020 proposed budget announced
-April 26, 2019: Commission receives RFP rank recommendation from Policy & Funding Committee and makes recommendation to the Mayor and City Council
-May 1 – May 8, 2019: City budget hearings. Tentative award amounts have historically been available in May
-May 24, 2019: Commission recommends adjusted tentative award amounts, if applicable
-June 30, 2019: Final award amounts confirmed by City
-July 1, 2019: Performance period and contracting process begin

For information on how to apply, please review the Applicant Guidelines located in Supporting Documents.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

For questions, please contact:
Leticia Gomez Franco, Civic Art Project Manager
(619) 236-6778

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