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Funding For Arts and Culture Nonprofits

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 governs the use of these taxes to promote the city, including support for San Diego's arts and culture programs and services.

Committee Report: Updating the Annual Funding Process for Fiscal Year 2017


  • December 21, 2015: Application and Guidelines Released
  • January 6, 2016: (by noon) Intent to Apply
  • January 7 & 8, 2016: Technical Assistance Workshop
  • January 25, 2016: (by 9 am) Cultural Data Project (CDP) Funder Report Due
  • January 27, 2016: (by 9 am) Last Day for Questions from Applicants
  • February 1, 2016: (by 9 am) Applications Due
  • March 7-18, 2016: Panel Evaluations of Funding Applications

*Subject to change

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