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Arts and Culture Relief Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofit Arts and Cultural Organizations in
Eligible Locations to Offset Financial Losses Caused by COVID-19

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City of Pasadena - Cultural Affairs Division

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10/19/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $20,000 to California nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in eligible locations to offset financial losses caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding may be used for operating expenses. Eligible applicants are located in the City of Pasadena.

The Cultural Affairs Division is pleased to announce the Arts & Culture Relief Grant Program, a one-time grant opportunity for eligible Pasadena-based arts and cultural organizations that have been financially impacted by Covid-19 and the Safe At Home public health orders. 

The Arts & Culture Relief Grant Program seeks to provide direct support to eligible Pasadena-based, non-profit, arts and culture organizations through one-time grants for operating costs based on demonstrated need related to Covid-19 impacts. Consideration will include an organization’s assets and liabilities, estimated loss of revenue due to canceled programs and events, costs of shifting operations and programming to a virtual format, and degree of personnel impacts.

Activities eligible for the Pasadena Arts & Culture Relief Grant Program funding must be related to losses, interruptions or required closures, cancellations, and costs incurred March 1 through December 30, 2020 specifically due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Arts & Culture Relief Grants may be used for economic support if such expenditures are determined to be necessary. 

For eligible expenses, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 192707

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Estimated Size of Grant:

The program allows for a maximum request of $20,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Arts & Culture Relief Grant Program seeks to provide direct support to eligible Pasadena-based, non-profit, arts and culture organizations.

Organizations may apply for an Art & Culture Relief Grant if they meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:
• Have an identified and demonstrable financial need for immediate operating support based on Covid-19 impacts;
• Be a Pasadena-based*, federally designated, non-profit** arts or cultural organization, with a primary mission to provide arts programming, where more than 50% of the organization’s budget is devoted to arts and/or cultural programming;
• Have been active within the City of Pasadena and have held at least one public program in the City during 2019;
• Have “ACTIVE” status and provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the California Secretary of State;
• Operate in compliance with the City’s Codes and Ordinances

* “Pasadena-based” is defined as maintaining principal offices or other facility within the boundaries of the City of Pasadena.
** Extant 501(c)(3) organizational address must be the same as the application address. City of Pasadena address must be listed on the IRS website for 501(c)(3) organizations at the time of the application deadline. Post Office boxes alone are not sufficient.

Fiscally sponsored arts or cultural organizations may be considered.

• Municipal, City, or County government agencies and departments.
• Educational institutions that lead to a degree or diploma, including but not limited to private or public schools, scholarship programs, colleges, and universities. This includes departments and programs therein, except for arts organizations that possess independent 501(c)(3) status.
• Religious or welfare organization; and organizations with programming not open to the general public.
• Projects or programs clearly intended for commercial gain.
• Organizations whose primary mission is to raise funds.

Grants cannot be used for future program activities, costs, or operations.

For ineligible expenses, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional Technical Assistance Workshop: October 13th at 2:30 pm

Call in number: 1-213-493-7443 Conference ID: 467 626 472#

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Pre-Application Information:

The Arts & Culture Relief Grant Program 2020 will make one-time awards per this timeline:
- Guidelines/Application Opens: October 5, 2020
- Technical Assistance Workshop: October 13, 2020, 2:30 pm virtual meeting
- Application Period: October 5 – 19, 2020 by 11:59 PM PST
- Deadline: October 19 by 11:59 pm PST
- Review of applications and Panel process: October 2020
- Award notifications via email: November 2020

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

Submit questions and applications to:

Cultural Affairs Division
175 N. Garfield Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91101

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