Ends on May 31, 2019

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.


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.  


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.


•   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.


•   Activating geographical areas in Santa Ana underserved by the arts

•   Collaborations/partnerships among different entities


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.



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.  


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. 


• 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”


• 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. 


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.