LA Arts Recovery Fund



Arts nonprofits in LA County will benefit from a record $38.5 million pandemic recovery fund, the result of an unprecedented collaboration between Los Angeles-based and national philanthropic organizations.

The LA Arts Recovery Fund pools contributions from more than a dozen funders to provide multi-year operating support for small and medium-sized arts organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — those with smaller budgets that play vital roles in their communities.

Initiated by the J. Paul Getty Trust and administered by the California Community Foundation, a longtime collaborator in supporting the arts in LA, the Fund quickly attracted local and national funders who recognized the unique LA arts ecosystem and its relevance worldwide.

Supporters include The Ahmanson Foundation, Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation, California Community Foundation, Ford Theatre Foundation/LA County Department of Arts and Culture, J. Paul Getty Trust, Jerry and Terri Kohl, Robert Lovelace and Alicia Miñana, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Music Man Foundation, The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation, Perenchio Foundation, Snap Foundation and Sony Pictures Entertainment & Sony Global Relief Fund. The Fund includes a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” initiative, designed to support Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous arts organizations in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and to acknowledge and honor the diversity of artistic expression in America.

Centering on the needs expressed by arts nonprofit leaders and the communities they serve; the LA Arts Recovery Fund will support:

    • Multi-year flexible operating support grants to significantly impact the organizations to ensure that organizations can rebuild and re-envision their futures, as well as access to technical assistance and capacity-building support.
      A review process informed by peer panels to provide insights into the organizations, their needs, and the communities being served.
    • The partners are calling on philanthropy, public and private institutions, and community members to help increase the pool to a goal of $50 million. To learn more, please contact Ellah Ronen, Senior Program Officer at eronen [@] calfund [.] org.



LA County’s nonprofit arts organizations, along with the region’s artists, are powerful contributors to the local creative economy, which generates more than $203 billion annually. One of every seven jobs in Los Angeles is in a creative field, according to the 2020 Otis Report on the Creative Economy.

Yet the pandemic has taken a toll on arts and cultural nonprofits. Surveys by Americans for the Arts show that almost half of LA County arts nonprofits have dipped into financial reserves and one-third have laid-off or furloughed staff. One in seven say they are not confident their organization will survive the impacts of COVID-19.

The pandemic has magnified pre-existing financial and structural challenges experienced by arts nonprofits. On average, arts organizations hold fewer than four months of operating cash reserves.

Such budget constraints, combined with an unclear picture of how and when cultural institutions will re-open, and under what conditions larger gatherings will be safely permitted, have exposed the financial fragility of this critical part of LA’s nonprofit sector.

Further, inequities in arts funding in the U.S., particularly among small to medium-sized organizations and those that serve diverse communities, add to the financial stresses experienced by arts leaders.



The Fund will support Los Angeles County arts and cultural organizations with annual operating budgets of $10 million and below prior to March 2020. By supporting organizations with smaller budgets that play vital roles in their communities, we hope to help create a more equitable and inclusive arts sector for the future.



To learn about eligibility criteria and grant application process, please click here.

Application deadline was March 2, 2021 at 5pm PST.



We invite you to join us in this effort helping to sustain our arts and cultural institutions. To make a secure, tax-deductible donation online, click on the button below. You may also send checks payable to the California Community Foundation, noting that the donation is for the LA Arts Recovery Fund. Checks should be mailed to:

California Community Foundation
221 S. Figueroa St., Suite 400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Photo Credits: Taiko drummers perform outside of the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo and Community Performance for CONTRA-TIEMPO’s summer dance program for high school and college Students, Futura.

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