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City Council Offices

Arts, Culture & Community Festivals (ACCF) Funding Program

City Council Arts, Culture and Community Festivals (ACCF) with Discretionary Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) funding is is awarded to non-profit organizations and public agencies for the purpose of promoting local arts and culture. The City Council Office ACCF Funding Program is governed by PDF icon Council Policy 100-23Funds awarded to organizations and agencies are paid on a reimbursement basis only and are at the discretion of Council Offices.

Per PDF icon Council Policy 100-03, organizations that have applied for or received a Fiscal Year 2020 grant funded by TOT are ineligible to apply for the Council Office ACCF Funding Program. However, organizations that have been awarded a Fiscal Year 2020 Commission for Arts and Culture Organizational Support Program (OSP) or Creative Communities San Diego (CCSD) award, are eligible to receive Council Office ACCF funds via transfer memorandum. Please click here to view the Fiscal Year 2020 OSP and CCSD recipients. TOT grant applicants and recipients are eligible to apply for the Council Office CPPS Funding Program.

Please note, the ACCF funding allocation process has changed as of July 1, 2018. The application process includes two steps: 1) Request for Qualifications (RFQ), and 2) Request for Proposals (RFP). Council Administration will hold office hours and workshops related to process requirements. Please see the CPPS/ACCF Funding Program Schedule below for important dates and deadlines.

Fiscal Year 2020 CPPS/ACCF Funding Program Schedule

Request for Qualifications (Fiscal Year 2020)

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) determines if applicants meet basic City of San Diego contracting requirements. The RFQ is due by September 27, 2019 at noon. Applicants are encouraged to submit the RFQ early to allow time for corrections. Please review the PDF icon ACCF RFQ Instructions.

A complete RFQ consists of the following:

RFQs are evaluated based on completeness and fulfillment of City of San Diego contracting requirements. Applicants are assigned one of two grades: 1) Qualified, or 2) Not Qualified. Applicants scored Qualified and selected for funding by a Council Office will be given access to the Request for Proposals.

Please note that not all Qualified applicants will receive funding. Funding allocations are at the discretion of Council Offices.

Workshop PowerPoint Presentation: PDF icon CPPS/ACCF Technical Assistance Workshop

Request for Reimbursement Forms (Fiscal Year 2019)

Previous Funding Allocations


For questions, please email [email protected] or contact Council Administration directly.

Courtney Thomson                                                           Jasmine Mallen

Grants Coordinator/Contract Administrator                Grants & Contracts Analyst

(619) 236-5918                                                                   (619) 533-4762

[email protected]                                              [email protected]

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