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Notice to Fiscal Year 2016 Applicants for Funding

The FY16 Organizational Support Program (OSP) and Creative Communities San Diego Program (CCSD) are now available. Please Click here to go to the online portal or go to: FY16 application deadline for the Organizational Support Program (OSP) will be January 31, 2015. The online application portal will not accept any submissions after 11:59 pm. Please note that January 31st is a Saturday, and the Commission’s offices will be closed.

FY16 begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016.

If you are not currently receiving email notifications from us, please contact Gary Margolis at or Dana Springs at to have your email address added to the list. Please provide the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Organization (only nonprofits are eligible for funding)
  • Organization address
  • City Council District
  • Your phone number
  • Your email address

Thank you for your patience while we strive to provide you with a streamlined and easier process.


  • Tips from the FY15 Contracts Workshop – July 30, 2014 (PDF)
  • NEW APPLICANTS: If you are a new applicant, please make sure to visit the links below (OSP and CCSD) so that you know for which program you are eligible to apply.


    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.

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

    Questions? Email Gary Margolis at or Dana Springs at