LA Arts Recovery Fund

  • ABOUT THE LA ARTS RECOVERY FUND

    The LA Arts Recovery Fund (“LA Arts Fund”) pools contributions from more than a dozen funders to provide multi-year operating support for small and medium-sized organizations in the arts impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The LA Arts Fund will focus on arts nonprofits that contribute to the vitality of LA County, from long standing organizations that have been part of the region’s cultural fabric for decades, to organizations that have presented daring and innovative work, to those that have served as artistic anchors for diverse communities.

    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 Family Fund, 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” regional 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. Local funders will match the Ford Foundation contribution and provide critical funding to organizations with exceptional regional or local significance that have been historically under-represented and underfunded in the narrative of America’s culture.

  • GRANT APPLICATION PORTAL

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

    Visit the online grant application portal here.

    For reference, a pdf version of the application is available here with the intention of allowing applicants time to collect required documents and prepare for the online application process.

    Additionally, a technical assistance and Q&A webinar was held February 17, 2021. You can watch a recording of the webinar here.

  • ELIGIBILITY

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

    Nonprofit arts and culture organizations that have been affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply if they meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

    • Be a 501(c)(3) and/or fiscally sponsored organization.
    • Be located in and serving Los Angeles County. Projects performed or exhibited outside of Los Angeles County are not eligible for funding.
    • Have principal offices in Los Angeles County.
    • Have a primary mission to provide arts and culture programming. Not to include living collections, such as botanical gardens, zoos and art service organizations.
    • Have staffing to support the management and execution of the funds.
    • Have a history of at least three (3) full and consecutive years of arts programming in LA County.
    • Have an annual operating budget of $10 million and under prior to March 1, 2020.
    • Have a Board of Directors and/or Advisory Council.

    WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? 

    • Organizations whose primary mission is to raise funds.
    • Educational institutions that lead to a degree or diploma, including but not limited to private or public schools or scholarship programs, colleges, and universities. This includes departments and programs therein, except for arts organizations that possess independent 501(c)(3) status.
    • Municipal or County government agencies and departments.
    • Organizations whose primary mission is not arts related (e.g., social service, religious, education, botanical gardens, zoos or health organizations), as demonstrated by more than 75% of the applicant organization’s budget not devoted to arts programming.
    • Individual artists.
    • Arts service organizations.
  • TIMELINE
    • February 9, 2021 at 8 pm PST – Request for Applications Opens
    • March 2, 2021 at 5 pm PST – Request for Applications Closes
    • First half of May 2021*  – Applicants Informed of Grant Decisions via Email
      * Timing subject to change
  • FAQS

    WHAT IS THE INTENT OF THE LA ARTS RECOVERY FUND?
    The LA Arts Recovery Fund (“LA Arts Fund”) is a coordinated philanthropic response to support arts organizations — from visual arts to theatre, music, dance, literary arts, and arts education — and ensure the health and vitality of the arts and culture ecosystem across LA County during and beyond the pandemic. The purpose of the LA Arts Fund is to provide flexible, core operating support for small to medium-sized nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in LA County as they recover and reimagine a new path forward.
    The LA Arts Fund will focus on arts and culture nonprofits that contribute to the vitality of LA County, from long standing organizations that have been part of the region’s cultural fabric for decades, to organizations that have presented daring and innovative work, to those that have served as artistic anchors for diverse communities.

    WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
    Nonprofit arts and culture organizations that have been affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply if they meet the following eligibility requirements at the time of application:

    • Be a 501(c)(3) and/or fiscally sponsored organization.
    • Be located in and serving Los Angeles County. Projects performed or exhibited outside of Los Angeles County are not eligible for funding.
    • Have principal offices in Los Angeles County.
    • Have a primary mission to provide arts and culture programming. Not to include living collections, such as botanical gardens, zoos and art service organizations.
    • Have staffing to support the management and execution of the funds.
    • Have a history of at least three (3) full and consecutive years of arts programming in LA County.
    • Have an annual operating budget of $10 million and under prior to March 1, 2020.
    • Have a Board of Directors and/or Advisory Council.

    WHO IS NOT ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? 

    • Organizations whose primary mission is to raise funds.
    • Educational institutions that lead to a degree or diploma, including but not limited to private or public schools or scholarship programs, colleges, and universities. This includes departments and programs therein, except for arts organizations that possess independent 501(c)(3) status.
    • Municipal or County government agencies and departments.
    • Organizations whose primary mission is not arts related (e.g., social service, religious, education, botanical gardens, zoos or health organizations), as demonstrated by more than 75% of the applicant organization’s budget not devoted to arts programming.
    • Individual artists.
    • Arts service organizations.

    WHAT ARE THE GRANT AMOUNTS AND TERMS?
    Grant awards will be highly competitive and determined upon on an organization’s alignment to the criteria of the fund and the strength of their application. The grant period will be for a minimum of two years.

    WHO WILL MAKE FUNDING DECISIONS? 
    An independent and diverse peer review panel will advise the representatives of the LA Arts Fund. The panel will be made up of multi-disciplinary leaders with:

    • In-depth knowledge of the LA nonprofit arts and culture sector,
    • Understanding of the purpose of the Fund, and
    • Experience reviewing grant applications.

    WHAT IS THE SELECTION CRITERIA THAT WILL BE USED TO MAKE FUNDING DECISIONS?
    Applications will be assessed based on the following competitive criteria:

    I. ARTISTIC IMPACT, including but not limited to:

    • Plays a vital role in communities served through arts and culture programming.
    • Engages and supports authentic creative voices in programming, such as employing local artists, and/or engaging with individuals/groups significant to the art form or cultural expression.
    • Represents a valuable and integral dimension (e.g. cultural, economic, educational, historic and/or social) of the LA arts ecosystem.

    II. COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT, including but not limited to:

    • Demonstrates that the organization is rooted in, reflective of and/or responsive to the identified community or communities benefiting from its work.

    III. DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL EXPRESSION, including but not limited to:

    • Has significantly contributed to the cultural life in LA County.
    • Stewards and sustains a cultural tradition rooted in a community of color.
    • Reflects the cultural heritage and creativity of communities that have been historically underfunded.
    • Demonstrates a solid commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices.
    • Staff, Board and independent contractors reflect Black, Latinx, Asian and/or Indigenous communities.

    IV. ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP & VISION, including but not limited to:

    • Demonstrates responsiveness to current challenges (e.g. managing, adapting and/or creating new operations and programming to keep the organization stable.)
    • Describes a vision of how the organization could adapt and thrive in the future.

    V. FINANCIAL CONDITIONS, including but not limited to:

    • Demonstrates financial impact of COVID-19 on programming and services.

    DOES THIS PROGRAM BASE FUNDING DECISIONS ON THE LEVEL OF LOSSES EXPERIENCED BY THE APPLICANT?
    No, this is a highly-competitive program. The following criteria will be used as the framework for choosing awardees:

    • ARTISTIC IMPACT
    • COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
    • DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL EXPRESSION
    • ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP & VISION
    • FINANCIAL CONDITIONS

    WHO ARE THE FUNDER PARTNERS?
    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.

    WHAT IS THE FORD FOUNDATION’S AMERICA’S CULTURAL TREASURES INITIATIVE? 
    The Fund includes a challenge grant from the Ford Foundation’s “America’s Cultural Treasures” regional 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.  Local funders will match the Ford Foundation contribution and provide critical funding to organizations with exceptional regional or local significance that have been historically under-represented and underfunded in the narrative of America’s culture.

    WHAT ARE CATEGORIES FOR FUNDING?
    While grants will be for flexible core operating support, we would like to understand how applicants will use funds if awarded. Categories for funding will include:

    • Programming/production/exhibition planning costs in 2021 and beyond
    • Emergency cleaning supplies and services
    • Equipment/supplies to comply with public health measures
    • Hiring temporary staff
    • Insurance (non-personnel related)
    • Non-recoverable expenses related to canceled exhibitions, programming, or other events
    • Payroll and benefits
    • Rent or mortgage
    • Technology and training to support remote engagement with audiences/communities (external)
    • Technology to support work from home (internal)
    • Other, please specify:

    WHAT ARE EXAMPLES OF GRANT RESTRICTIONS?
    The following is a nonexclusive list of examples of costs that would not be eligible expenditures of payments from the Fund:

    • Regranting.
    • Damages covered by insurance.
    • Expenses that have been or will be reimbursed under any federal program.
    • Reimbursement to donors for donated items or services.
    • Workforce bonuses other than hazard pay or overtime.
    • Severance pay.
    • Legal settlements.

    WHERE CAN WE ACCESS THE ONLINE APPLICATION?
    Applicants are required to submit applications, artistic documentation, and support materials online via https://www.calfund.org/nonprofits/open-grants/laartsfund-rfp/

    WHEN WILL THE APPLICATION OPEN AND CLOSE? 
    The application will open on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, and close on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 5:00 PM PST. No exceptions or extensions will be made.

    WHEN CAN WE EXPECT TO RECEIVE GRANT FUNDS? 
    We expect payments to be dispersed in May 2021.

    I’M AN ARTIST – AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR THIS GRANT? 
    No, this grant is only open to nonprofit arts organizations.

    WE ARE A NONPROFIT BUT NOT AN ARTS ORGANIZATION. ARE WE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY? 
    Grants for this program are only open to nonprofit arts organizations that have more than 75% of the applicant organization’s budget devoted to arts programming. Social service organizations, social justice organizations, universities and colleges are not eligible to apply.

    ARE WE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE ONLINE GRANT AGREEMENT AS PART OF THE APPLICATION?
    Yes, all applicants are required to submit the application and execute the grant agreement. All applicants will be required to submit documentation to determine eligibility.

    WHAT ATTACHMENTS ARE WE REQUIRED TO SUBMIT WITH OUR APPLICATION? 
    All applicants must submit the following three attachments with their application for it to be complete and be deemed eligible:

    1. A copy of the Federal Form 990 Prior Year Tax Return (2018 or 2019), 990-EZ or 990-N for the organization’s most recently completed fiscal year. Applicants with budgets less than $25,000 should submit a copy of their most recently completed 990-N or 990-EZ.
    2. Most recent Statement of Information.
    3. A 501(c)(3) determination letter with Federal Employee Identification Number (EIN)

    WHAT IS THE STATEMENT OF INFORMATION AND WHERE CAN I FIND IT?
    Visit the State of California website at https://businesssearch.sos.ca.gov/ and type in your organization’s name under the search criteria. Click on your organization’s name. Under your organization’s name and information, click and download the most recent SI listed for your organization to include with your application. There is no cost to do this.  

    I’VE ALREADY SUBMITTED THESE REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS WITH A PREVIOUS GRANT APPLICATION. WHY DO I HAVE TO ATTACH THEM AGAIN?
    While grantees have previously submitted these materials as part of past grant application cycles, we must have complete applications on file.  

    HELP! I HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS PROGRAM! WHERE SHOULD I GO TO FIND MORE INFORMATION? 

    • Please read the guidelines and review the PDF version of the application before you start working on the application. 
    • A Q&A session will be held and recorded on February 17, 2021 for prospective applicants. We will also link the recording from that session here if you are unable to attend. 

    IS THERE A NUMBER I CAN CALL TO DISCUSS QUESTIONS I HAVE?
    We encourage all applicants to email us at laarts [@] calfund [.] org or to attend the Q&A session on February 17 date. Session will be recorded for future use. Please no phone calls. 

    WILL THE DEADLINE TO APPLY BE EXTENDED PAST MARCH 2, 2021?
    No, the deadline will not be extended. 

    WILL THERE BE ADDITIONAL FUNDING CYCLES?
    A funding cycle to support capacity-building and technical assistance will become available and announced at a later timeframe.  

    ARE WE ELIGIBLE TO APPLY IF WE HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION FOR OTHER REGIONAL COVID-19 RELIEF EFFORTS AND HAVE RECEIVED FUNDING?
    Yes.  

     WE FORGOT TO ATTACH REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WITH OUR APPLICATION. WILL THERE BE A GRACE PERIOD TO MAKE CORRECTIONS AFTER THE DEADLINE?
    No. There will be no grace period offered after the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  

     

     

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