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 & 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. 



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).


·            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.


·            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 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.


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. 


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.