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Arts Grants

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Through the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San Jose offers several programs of financial support to ensure a continuing and rich variety of cultural opportunities for its residents as well as visitors to the city.

The Office of Cultural Affairs' grants programs fall into two broad areas: Arts Grants and Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants. The Arts Grants encourage the production and presentation of music, theater, the literary arts, the visual arts, the media arts and various emerging art forms in a variety of venues and for a variety of audiences, as well as opportunities for city residents to participate in the creative process themselves. Arts grants are also a linchpin for the support of local professional and semi-professional arts organizations. Applications for most grants are accepted once a year.

Arts Grants Program
There are two annual Arts Grant programs, Operating Grants and take pART Grants (formerly Project & Program Grants). Applications for these are accepted once a year. Organizations and individuals interested in capacity building grants are encouraged to inquire about funding opportunities through the Creative Capacity Fund, a regional pooled fund to support capacity building.

Pre-Application Workshops
Program staff conduct pre-application workshops in advance of most application deadlines. Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an appropriate workshop.

View Workshop Schedules


California Cultural Data Project Requirement

The California Cultural Data Project (CaCDP) is a statewide, collaborative effort of public and private funders throughout California and consists of an online system for collecting and standardizing historical financial and organizational data. The Office of Cultural Affairs, along with other funders in California, now requires Operating Grant applicants to complete a Cultural Data Profile though the CaCDP Web site. Applicants will fill out the Cultural Data Project once each year and use that data as part of their application to all participating funders throughout the state.

The CaCDP will provide the cultural community with consistent, reliable, comprehensive data on arts and culture in California, enabling organizations to view trends in their data, benchmark themselves against peer organizations, and enhance their organizational capacity.

Get started with the CaCDP — visit the Web site at today, call 866-922-5237, or email Create an account by clicking on New User Registration. Review the online training and start your profile.

Last Modified: 11.08.12