Celebrating History Bearers in our Communities

The arts in Santa Ana have enriched our lives by allowing us to express ourselves in new ways; to connect through stories of a shared past and present and an imagined future; and to envision the world from a different perspective. For the funding cycle of 2019-2020, the City of Santa Ana invites artists to involve older community members in the arts experience by: 1) providing opportunities for learning and skill-building for those either new to the arts in later life or those professionals who seek to continue to grow as they age in their craft; 2) integrating arts practices into health care settings for their therapeutic benefits of social engagement, skill-building, and increasing self-esteem through self-expression and understanding; and/or 3) using the arts and design to build communities that are accessible and engaging for people of all ages and abilities.

AWARDS

The Arts and Culture Commission is seeking to award grants in the amounts of up to $5,000 for individual artists who will enrich and invigorate the Santa Ana arts and culture landscape and will be distributed in two payments.

The grant period will be for 12 months and will require an interim and a final report, including an itemized budget with documentation such as receipts, on outcomes achieved. The first payment will be disbursed at the commencement of the grant period, and the second payment will be disbursed 30 days after the successful completion of the final report. All grantees are required to maintain financial records to verify compliance. If you are selected for an audit, you must have and submit proof of expenses for review by grants staff upon request.

Only activities and costs consistent with the grant application or proposal approved by the Arts Commission will be funded. If changes in the awarded project are necessary, grantees must contact Gaby Cramer at (714) 647-5385 or GCramer@santa-ana.org

If the proposed project has not been completed by end of the grant cycle, awarded funds to the artist(s) will be reabsorbed, and the applicant(s) will be ineligible to reapply for the following two years.  

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Individual artists working in the following mediums are welcome to apply:

Visual ↔ Performing ↔ Musical ↔ Literary ↔ Film ↔ Textile ↔ Multimedia ↔ 

Industrial ↔ Fashion ↔ Culinary

• Artists must be currently living and creating work in Santa Ana or create a work that is for the benefit of Santa Ana residents and/or stimulate economic development for the City of Santa Ana. 

• Project must be completed in Santa Ana, directly serve the Santa Ana residents, and/or stimulate economic development for the City of Santa Ana.

• Applicants must be over the age of 18.

• Applicant must attend one Information Session.

• Applicants may not apply for consecutive grant cycles for the same project.

• Only one application per project will be accepted. Artists may not apply separately for the same project.

INELIGIBILE PROJECTS – WE DO NOT FUND

•   Scholarly research, tuition, or academic expenses.

•   Projects held, performed, or exhibited outside of the City of Santa Ana.

•   Programs that are not accessible to the public.

•   Projects with religious purposes that serve to proselytize.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

•   Activating geographical areas in Santa Ana underserved by the arts

•   Collaborations/partnerships among different entities

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants will be reviewed and scored by a grant peer review panel made up of artists, arts and nonprofit professionals, and others with knowledge and professional qualifications in the arts and with familiarity of Orange County’s arts sector. Grant review panels will reflect the diversity of the region and the various professional groups encompassed by the arts sectors such as practitioners, administrators, board members, and educators. As a public agency, all information submitted to the Arts & Culture Office in conjunction with a grant application becomes public record at the time the application is submitted. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a peer panel according to the following criteria.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

  

Artist applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

• Project Merit & Theme Relevance – 40%

• Artist Portfolio – 25%

• Potential Community Impact – 25%

• Individual Need – 10%

• Non-Compliance with Grant Requirements from Previous Cycle – (-5%) 

Criterion 1

A project with exceptional Artistic Merit & Theme Relevance engages qualified and diverse arts or cultural professionals; provides arts experiences that expose participants to new perspectives; provides opportunities for engagement in the creative process; demonstrates cross-sector understanding, both supporting the arts and advancing community priorities; and provide clear examples of how the theme of “Celebrating the City of Santa Ana’s History and Diversity” is incorporated into your project.

Criterion 2:

An exceptional Artist Portfolio will include artworks that demonstrate the artist’s technical skills, abilities, and potential and should reflect the artist’s unique art background and experiences. It could include a range of medium and/or genre, or it can focus on the artist’s strengths.

Criterion 3

A project with exceptional Community Impact will be able to make a positive difference for Santa Ana residents, neighborhoods, and communities by creating leverage and visibility for these communities to receive greater resources; elevating the standard of living for those in the community; providing pipelines for arts leadership; and support economic growth in the City.

Criterion 4

Exceptional demonstration of Individual Need must clearly show efforts to find funding outside of the City of Santa Ana’s offerings, as well as displays of being self-sustaining.

Criterion 5:

Applicants who were awarded a grant from a previous cycle and were non-compliant with the grant requirements (ex: incomplete projects, missing or incomplete reports, etc.), will have 5 percentage points (5%) deducted from their overall score.  

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Online submissions, please upload work directly onto online application using formatting guidelines listed below, or include links to online portfolio. Please do not submit any original artwork. Work will not be returned.

Visual Arts (including painting, sculpture, textile arts, industrial art, all physical artwork)

• You may submit up to five (5) images maximum of demonstrating your best work

• Images must be printed or in jpeg format uploaded to online submission site.

• Clearly label each image file with “title_last name, first name” – Example “Art_Smith, Mary”

• You may choose to submit a single PowerPoint presentation of your work with your name, title, size, date, medium on each slide. 

Musicians

• You may submit up to five (5) songs or compositions of your best work. For online submissions, files may be uploaded as mp3 files. Links to Soundcloud, YouTube, or other online music showcases are acceptable.   

• Please note: Individual songs exceeding three minutes may not be heard in their entirety.

• Label each file with “title_last name, first name” – Example “Music_ Smith, Mary”

Film/Media/Performing Arts

• You may submit up to five (5) short film/multimedia files. For online submissions, files may be uploaded as mp4 or .mov format. Links to online portfolio, YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing sites are acceptable, and remember to include passwords. 

• Please note: Individual films exceeding ten minutes may not be viewed in their entirety.

• Label each file with “title_last name, first name” – Example “Video_ Smith, Mary”

Writers

• You may upload writing samples as Word or PDF files on the online submission site. Label each file “title_last name, first name” - Example “Fiction_ Smith, Mary”

• Please use the following format for manuscripts: Times New Roman or Courier, 12 point font, double-spaced. 

o Fiction: 10 pages max. 

o Non-Fiction: 10 pages max.

o Poetry: 5 poems (10 pages max.) Poetry may be formatted as the poet determines best suits the poem, but the manuscript must be legible.

o Screenplays: 5 pages of dialogue + 1 synopsis. 

SUBMISSION DUE DATE:

Applications are due on the Submittable website by FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM

For questions please contact Gabriela Cramer at (714) 647-5385, gcramer@santa-ana.org.

Celebrating History Bearers in our Communities

The arts in Santa Ana have enriched our lives by allowing us to express ourselves in new ways; to connect through stories of a shared past and present and an imagined future; and to envision the world from a different perspective. For the funding cycle of 2019-2020, the City of Santa Ana invites artists to involve older community members in the arts experience by: 1) providing opportunities for learning and skill-building for those either new to the arts in later life or those professionals who seek to continue to grow as they age in their craft; 2) integrating arts practices into health care settings for their therapeutic benefits of social engagement, skill-building, and increasing self-esteem through self-expression and understanding; and/or 3) using the arts and design to build communities that are accessible and engaging for people of all ages and abilities.

AWARDS

The Arts & Culture Commission is seeking to award grants in the amount of up to $10,000 for arts organizations/cooperatives that will enrich and invigorate the Santa Ana arts and culture landscape and will be distributed in two payments. 

The grant period will be for 12 months and will require an interim and final report, including an itemized budget with documentation such as receipts, of outcomes achieved. The first payment will be disbursed at the commencement of the grant period, and the second payment will be disbursed 30 days after the successful completion of the final report. All grantees are required to maintain financial records to verify compliance. If you are selected for an audit, you must have and submit proof of expenses for review by grants staff upon request.

Only activities and costs consistent with the grant application or proposal approved by the Arts Commission will be funded. If changes in the awarded project are necessary, grantees must contact Gaby Cramer at (714) 647-5385 or GCramer@santa-ana.org

If the proposed project has not been completed by end of the grant cycle, awarded funds to the organization will be reabsorbed, and the applicant will be ineligible to reapply for the following two years. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

  

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations/cooperatives that meet the following criteria are welcome to apply: 

• Organizations with arts, culture, design, or creative innovation focus.

• Organization must be based in Santa Ana and/or serve Santa Ana communities.

• Projects can be small in scope and do not need to serve large numbers of people as long as they positively impact the organization’s purpose or mission.

• A project may be a part of an applicant’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term project in a year—a dance festival, for example—could apply for support for that event or they could identify certain components of their operations, such as securing rehearsal space, marketing activities, paying artists, etc., as their project.

• A representative from the organization must attend one Information Session.

• Applicants may not apply for consecutive grant cycles for the same project.

• Only one application per project will be accepted. Organizations may not apply separately for the same project.

Organizations/Cooperatives will be required to obtain/demonstrate the following prior to an award:

• Current City of Santa Ana business license or city approval for business operation (for cooperatives).

• Current General Liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming the City of Santa Ana as Additional Insured on a primary and non-contributory basis.

• Active 501(c)3 nonprofit status and good standing with IRS or registered as an eligible cooperative with the City of Santa Ana.

Cooperatives are defined as:

  • A business entity that is owned and controlled by the people who work in it. Worker cooperatives thrive in many industries and regions. 
  • In a worker cooperative, decisions are made democratically, by the people who do the work (usually following the principle of "one worker, one vote") instead of by one person or group people that holds all the power. 
  • Cooperatives are a specific legal definition in which the workers are defined as members and owners of the cooperative. These member-owners are entitled to a vote, and to a share of the profits of the business (called patronage).

INELIGIBILE PROJECTS – WE DO NOT FUND

·            Administrative and operational expenses

·            Scholarly research, tuition, or academic expenses.

·            Projects held, performed, or exhibited outside of the City of Santa Ana.

·            Programs that are not accessible to the public. 

·            Funds going directly into trusts, endowments, or cash reserves.     

·            Projects with religious purposes that serve to proselytize.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

·            Activating geographical areas in Santa Ana underserved by the arts

·            Collaborations/partnerships among different entities

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants will be reviewed and scored by a grant peer review panel made up of artists, arts and nonprofit professionals, and others with knowledge and professional qualifications in the arts and with familiarity of Orange County’s arts sector. Grant review panels will reflect the diversity of the region and the various professional groups encompassed by the arts sectors such as practitioners, administrators, board members, and educators. As a public agency, all information submitted to the Arts Commission in conjunction with a grant application becomes public record at the time the application is submitted. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a peer panel according to the following criteria.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Organization applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

• Project Merit & Theme Relevance – 40%

• Organizational Readiness/Fiscal Responsibility – 25% 

• Potential Community Impact – 25% 

• Organization Need – 10%

• Non-Compliance with Grant Requirements from Previous Cycle – (-5%) 

Criterion 1: 

A project with exceptional Artistic Merit & Theme Relevance engages qualified and diverse arts or cultural professionals; provides arts experiences that expose participants to new perspectives; provides opportunities for engagement in the creative process; demonstrates cross-sector understanding, both supporting the arts and advancing community priorities; and provide clear examples of how the theme of “Celebrating the City of Santa Ana’s History and Diversity” is incorporated into the project.

Criterion 2

An organization with exceptional Organizational Readiness/Fiscal Responsibility recruits and retains an engaged, diverse, and qualified board, staff, contractors, and/or volunteers and has an accumulated deficit of less than 20% of their total operational expenses for two or more years. Competitive applications will address all application questions and provide complete information.

Criterion 3: 

A project with exceptional Community Impact will be able to make a positive difference for Santa Ana residents, neighborhoods, and communities by creating leverage and visibility for these communities to receive greater resources; enhance the quality of life for those in the community; providing pipelines for arts leadership; enhance visitor’s experience of the City; and support economic growth in the City.

Criterion 4

Exceptional demonstration of Organization Needs must clearly relate to the organization’s mission and purpose and how it serves its constituents; supported with evidence such as statistics, expert views, and trends; and directly connect to, and support, the organization’s ability to respond to the need.

Criterion 5:

Applicants who were awarded a grant from a previous cycle and were non-compliant with the grant requirements (ex: incomplete projects, missing or incomplete reports, etc.), will have 5 percentage points (5%) deducted from their overall score. 

SUBMISSION DUE DATE:

Applications are due on the Submittable website by FRIDAY, MAY 31, 2019 at 11:59 PM

For questions please contact Gabriela Cramer at (714) 647-5385, gcramer@santa-ana.org.

The City of Santa Ana is looking for volunteer reviewers to serve on the panel for the 2019-2020 Investing in the Artist Grant. Reviewers are an integral part of the process that supports the creative voices  in Santa Ana. We are looking for individuals who have in-depth professional  experiences in the arts, arts education, arts administration, arts in juvenile  justice, and/or related fields to review and rate grant applications. In  addition to well-established members of the arts and culture world, emerging professionals and students are encouraged to apply. Great effort is made to  create a diverse panel representing the City as a whole.

The Review Panel will convene in person to discuss applications at City Hall (date and time to be determined). 

Please complete the application by Monday, May 6, 2019: The online application will prompt you to enter the information directly into the fields and to upload the materials found on the webpage.

Link to: http://www.ci.santa-ana.ca.us/cda/artistgrant.asp 

Please provide the following in a word document:

  1.  A Brief Bio (500 word limit)
  2. Resume (2 page maximum )
  3. Why do you want to serve on the Review Panel? (Optional, 500 word limit)
  4. List of references (Optional)


ANTICIPATED TIMELINE

 04/18/19 - Review Panelist Application available

05/06/19 - Panelist Application due

05/16/19 - Arts & Culture Commission recommendation of panelists

06/01/19 - Panelist reviews begin

06/19 - Panel convenes in person at City Hall (date & time TBD)

06/17/19 - Reviews due on Submittable

07/20/19 - Funding recommendations to Arts & Culture Commission

08/20/19 - City Council Approval of Grant Awardees 


CONTACT

For questions regarding the application please contact Gabriela Cramer at (714) 647-5385 or gcramer@santa-ana.org.

**Please note, all panelists must formally declare conflicts of interest before serving. Artists serving on public art panels are not eligible to apply for the related public art project competitions. Arts Administrators and Board Members will not be assigned to review applications for the same allocations program to which they apply.
 

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