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Community Access and Participation (CAP) Grant

Grants to California Arts or Cultural Nonprofits in Eligible Locations
to Increase Programming for Visitors and Residents

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Santa Monica Cultural Affairs

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04/05/21 11:59 PM PT


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Grants of up to $3,000 to California nonprofit arts or cultural organizations in eligible locations to increase programming for visitors and local residents. Certain applicants are required to attend an information session prior to applying. Eligible applicants must have their primary administrative office within Santa Monica city limits. All projects must take place in Santa Monica.

CAP grant applications are accepted in three categories:

Community Access & Participation: This program supports Santa Monica-based arts and cultural agencies in the presentation of exemplary cultural opportunities. Applicants should demonstrate a history of high-quality work, professional management practices, and an ability to serve diverse communities.

Latino Community Access & Participation: The Latino CAP grants support to programs that preserve and stimulate Santa Monica's rich Latino heritage. This grant is not restricted to arts organizations. Any Santa Monica-based nonprofit agency serving the community is eligible to apply in this category. Qualifying organizations must demonstrate professional management standards and serve Santa Monica's Latino population by employing professional artists in high-quality cultural programs.

Building the Future: This category is designed to engage Santa Monica youth in activities that encourage a lifelong association with the arts. Programs must take place in non-classroom settings and adhere to California's Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards. Qualifying agencies must demonstrate professional management standards and a history of education programs of outstanding value.

New Categories for COVID-19:

  • Category 1: Readiness to Reopen 
  • Category2: Community Recovery 
  • Category 3: New Virtual Programming

For more information on the above categories, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 148585

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $3,000

Term of Contract:

Proposed programs must take place between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Santa Monica’s Community Access & Participation (CAP) program provides grants to nonprofit arts organizations.

To be eligible, applicants to the CAP program must meet the following minimum requirements:
• Applicants must be “resident Santa Monica arts or cultural organizations.” “Resident organization” is defined as one whose primary administrative office is within Santa Monica city limits.
• Applicants must be participants in the DataArts program and have the last three years of DataArts-approved data in their CAP report
• Applicants must maintain tax-exempt status under Section 501(c) 3 of the IRS.
• Applicants must pay professional performers, artists, and supporting personnel at least the minimum level of compensation paid to people employed in similar activities in the field.
• Applicants must comply with Fair Labor Standards and must be in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (as amended), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

The following are not eligible for funding:
• Any city agency or other governmental body
• Any agency that currently receives more than 25% of its total funding (including in-kind services) from the City of Santa Monica
• Capital improvement projects or equipment purchases
• Deficit programs
• Fundraisers or events which are not open to the public

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational sessions will be held online on Saturday, March 13, 2021 11:00 a.m. and on Wednesday, March 17 at 7:00 pm.

Applicants who have not received a CAP grant in the past three years must attend one of the CAP informational sessions. All applicants, however, are strongly encouraged to attend.

Email Nathan Birnbaum to reserve a place for one of the informational sessions and get the Zoom link.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: April 5, 2021 by 11:59 pm PT

The City recommends that applicants submit at least two days before the deadline in order to have time to address any issues or errors in their submissions.

Applicants may submit a maximum of two applications, but they must be in different categories.

Applicants to all Southern California government grant programs are required to participate in the national DataArts cultural data program.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Should you require assistance in completing the application, email or call Nathan Birnbaum at or 310.458.8350.

Santa Monica Cultural Affairs
1685 Main St. MS #44
Santa Monica, CA 90401

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