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FY16 Application Deadline

The FY16 application deadline for both the Organizational Support Program (OSP) and Creative Communities San Diego Program (CCSD) will be January 31, 2015. The online application portal will not accept any submissions after midnight. 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.

We plan to have the online applications available by November 7, 2014, and we will have workshops in early November as well. Details to follow.


  • 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