Opportunities for Organizations

To ensure a robust arts and culture ecosystem for both residents and visitors to the City, Cultural Affairs offers five grant programs for Santa Monica-based arts and heritage nonprofits.

Organizational Support Program (OSP)

Deadline: March 18, 2019 | Guidelines

Applications will be available: February 2019

General operating support grants are vital to a thriving cultural scene. Santa Monica’s Organizational Support Program (OSP) was created in 1996 to provide multiyear support to the City’s nonprofit cultural institutions. This robust program makes grants of up to ten percent of local organizations’ budgets. Grants are awarded after an application process, currently on a two-year cycle.

Resident organizations are defined as those whose primary administrative office and primary location of programming (more than 50%) are within Santa Monica city limits. Organizations receiving grants will:

  • Increase world-class artistic production and exhibition in Santa Monica
  • Offer opportunities for creativity, artistic participation and greater understanding of cultural heritage to diverse members of the community
  • Promote high standards of organizational management
  • Position the City as an international creative center
  • Open avenues of discourse to broad topics of human creativity and learning among the general public

Community Access & Participation (CAP)

Deadline: May 2019 (TBA) | Instructions and previous year's Guidelines

Applications will be available: April 2019

The Community Access & Participation (CAP) provides restricted funds to support programming at Santa Monica-based arts and heritage organizations. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to local agencies for cultural programs take place in Santa Monica and serve residents. Grants are awarded in three categories,  including youth-oriented programs (Building the Future) and programs that address Santa Monica’s rich Latino heritage (Latino CAP).

Arts Transportation Grant 

There’s no deadline for applications, but we suggest you apply by mid-November 2018 to ensure funds are available.

Applications available: Annually in September in the week after Labor Day.

How might one person’s life change by being exposed to the arts? Applying for a grant that reimburses you for transportation costs can make it possible.

The City of Santa Monica Arts Transportation Grant Program provides access to arts and culture activities throughout Los Angeles County. Any Santa Monica school or nonprofit organization who wants to take their group to visit a cultural destination in L.A. County may apply for reimbursement of transportation costs. Trips must take place between October 1, 2017 and June 7, 2018. 

Support for this program comes from the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Proposition A Local Return funds.

Strategic Sustainability Initiative (SSI)

Deadline: Annually in November

Applications available: Annually in October

The purpose of the City of Santa Monica’s Strategic Sustainability Initiative (SSI) is to invest in the medium-to-long term sustainability of the City’s core cultural agencies. The program makes grants of up to $20,000 available to current OSP grantees for one-time strategic initiatives. 


Current Arts and Cultural Grantees of the City of Santa Monica - Organizations