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. * Please note: the application deadline has passed.

The Nonprofit Academy

The City of San Diego has partnered with the Institute for Nonprofit Education and Research at the University of San Diego to launch. The Nonprofit Academy is a comprehensive training program designed to prepare and strengthen organizations that have an interest in contracting with The City of San Diego. The curriculum and individualized consulting offered are designed to help participants better position their nonprofits to contract successfully with The City.

The City of San Diego seeks your input to help shape this project and other future initiatives. We are asking all eligible organizations to complete a short survey. Eligible organizations are those that provide (or intend to provide) programs or services within the physical boundaries of The City of San Diego.

Complete the survey now.

The Nonprofit Academy will take place on August 9-10, 2016 at the University of San Diego.

Office Hours Available: Technical Assistance with Commission for Arts and Culture Staff

The Commission for Arts and Culture will be offering summer office hours to provide one on one time with members of the Arts and Culture Funding Programs team.  Fiscal Year 2017 Applicants and Contractors may sign up for 30-minute appointments to receive:
• Panel Comments related to the FY17 Application Process
• Technical assistance for the FY17 Contract Process
For more information on dates and times available,  how to sign up for Office Hours, and what information you need to provide read this → PDF icon FY17 Office Hours Information- Updated

Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Programs Key Dates* As of July 11, 2016  (All dates are subject to change)

The FY17 funding cycle is: July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017

By June 30, 2016
Notice of final award amounts sent to those applicants approved to receive funding.

Fiscal Year 2017 Funding Program Guidelines

*(Please note the application deadline for both funding programs has passed). The FY18 Funding Program Guidelines will be released in Fall 2016.

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.  PDF icon 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.

Managing Your Fiscal Year 2016 Contract*

*The FY16 funding cycle is from July 1, 2015-June 30, 2016