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Arts, Culture and Heritage Grant Program

Grants to California Arts Nonprofits in Eligible Locations for
General Operating Support During the COVID-19 Health Crisis

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Napa County Arts and Culture Advisory Committee (NCACAC)

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Grants of up to $15,000 to California nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations for general operating support during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support organizational survival, sustainability, and recovery. Eligible applicants are based in Napa County.

Priority Goals for the Arts, Culture & Heritage Grant Program:

  • Invest in the survival and sustainability of organizations that benefit the community
  • Invest in the survival and sustainability of organizations that draw visitors to Napa County
  • Support organizations that demonstrate viability and dedication to the public interest
  • Support the survival and sustainability of organizations that promote a diverse array of objectives, including:
    • Populations Served
    • Artistic Discipline and/or Genre Representation
    • Cultural Representation
    • Geography
    • Public Impact
    • Accessibility

Historically, funds were made available in the following subcategories: Capital Improvement, Capacity Building, Special Programs & Projects, and Leadership & Professional Development. However, these subcategories will not be available for the 2021-22 cycle. Rather unrestricted operating funds will be offered with the goal to provide eligible organizations with a path for survival, sustainability, and recovery. Napa County is investing in organizations with flexibility and trust to aid their strength and resilience.

Funding Categories:

  • Main Category 1: Tourism Generating Arts and Culture Organization. This category is for organizations that earn at least 20 percent of their income from visitors or generate 20 percent of their patronage/attendance from zip codes outside of Napa County and can submit data that demonstrates this. Examples of data to be submitted include: ticket sales, membership data, audience survey, or other metrics or documents from the 2019 calendar year.
  • Main Category 2: General Arts and Culture Organization. This category is for organizations that primarily focus on arts and culture activities for residents of Napa County

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GrantWatch ID#: 178957

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request amount shall be based on an average of the organization’s most recent annual operating (expense) budget and the last two operating (expense) budgets prior to the pandemic. In addition, grant requests cannot exceed 25 percent of the 3-year average of the organization’s annual operating budgets.

- Operating (Expense) Budget 3-Year Average: Small (up to $100,00) - Maximum Request Amount: $5,000
- Operating (Expense) Budget 3-Year Average: Mid-Sized (greater than $100,000 but less than $500,000) - Maximum Request Amount: $10,000
- Operating (Expense) Budget 3-Year Average: Large (above $500,000) - Maximum Request Amount: $15,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Local Nonprofits: Organizations submitting an application must be a Napa County-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in operation for at least 12 consecutive months with a primary purpose of arts, culture and/or heritage programming as demonstrated by their mission, vision and budget of the organization.

Grants will not be awarded to the following groups or for the following activities/uses:
- Organizations not in compliance with Napa County Arts, Culture, & Heritage Grant Program requirements (as stipulated in the grant agreement)
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations
- Other government agencies
- Projects with religious or sectarian purposes
- Organizations that are part of the curricula base of schools, colleges, or universities
- Indirect costs of schools, colleges, or universities
- Trust or endowment funds
- Purchase of land or buildings
- Expenses incurred before the start or end date of the grant
- Funding for special events or fundraising events
- Gifts
- Special projects/capital projects

Pre-proposal Conference:

Virtual Grant Workshop: Tuesday, February 2 @ 6:00 PM

This is a great opportunity to learn about the application process, the new 2021-2022 Grant Guidelines, and to ask your questions.

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Pre-Application Information:

Application Deadline: March 12, 2021

Nne grant request per organization will be accepted and collaborative requests are not available at this time.

Contact Information:

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

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For comments, questions, and/or feedback please contact:
Jesus Tijero, Staff Assistant - BOS
Phone: 707-253-6170

County Administration Building
1195 Third Street
Napa, CA 94559

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