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The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture annually awards funds to support the city's nonprofit arts and culture organizations and projects implemented by a variety of nonprofit organizations. These funds are awarded through two competitive application processes.

The Organizational Support Program (OSP) provides operational support to San Diego’s nonprofit arts and culture organizations.

The Creative Communities San Diego Program (CCSD) provides project-specific support to a variety of San Diego’s nonprofit organizations.

Funding for both of these programs comes from the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), a tax levied on individuals who stay overnight in the city's hotels, motels and other lodging establishments. Council Policy 100-03 (PDF) governs the use of these taxes to promote the city, including support for San Diego's arts and culture programs and services.

The FY16 Organizational Support Program (OSP) and Creative Communities San Diego Program (CCSD) are now available. FY16 begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016. Please go to the online portal at: The FY16 application deadline for the Organizational Support Program (OSP) will be February 7, 2015.

Commission for Arts and Culture Advisory Panels - Agenda FY16 Funding Application Evaluations (PDF)

Please find a list of alternate sources of funding (PDF) here.

Questions? Email Gary Margolis at or Dana Springs at