Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Accepting Community Arts Enrichment Grant Applications.
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is currently accepting Community Arts Enrichment (CAE) Grant applications. The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission accepts Community Arts Enrichment (CAE) Grant Applications two times per year. The Final Deadlines for online submission are April 30th and September 30th.
The CAE grant programs have been in place since 2012, when the Grants program was developed through a partnership with the County Arts Commission and Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. Since the initial grant cycle, over 60 organizations have received funding and significant progress has been made in identifying and expanding resources and opportunities that have increased access to arts countywide. “CAE Grants funding has served as a catalyst for greater community engagement in the arts and culture of our region particularly in underserved communities,” states Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the County Arts Commission.
Grant requests may range from $500 to $5,000. Funding for the grant pool comes from an Arts Subsidy Fund established by the Bowl Foundation that earmarks $.25 of every Bowl concert ticket sold going to support the grants program.
The grant applications will be reviewed by a panel made up of County Arts Commissioners; a member of the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation; and Arts Commission staff. Grant applicants will be notified within 45 days of the grant application deadline.
Community Arts Enrichment (CAE) grants are intended to support artists, arts and cultural organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in communities throughout Santa Barbara County.
CAE funds may be used to support new or innovative projects and joint/collaborative efforts that leverage community resources, provide greater and more diverse participation in the arts, and integrate the arts into learning environments for children and young adults. Artists or arts organizations applying must be based in Santa Barbara County and provide services to Santa Barbara County residents.
The Arts Commission’s goal is that CAE grant funds will increase community engagement and leverage additional funding and community support. Grant proposals that build beneficial partnerships and collaborations to help eliminate current barriers to cultural activities— such as access to transportation, materials, artists, music and art instruction to rural youth and underserved communities are encouraged.
The CAE grant program is the result of a partnership between the Arts Commission and the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation and its Education Outreach Committee. Funding support comes from twenty-five cents per ticket sold at every Bowl concert.
Grant Deadlines - Applications will be due April 30th and September 30th.
Artists or arts organizations may submit up to two Community Enrichment Grant applications during the calendar year. Artists or arts organizations need to be based in Santa Barbara County and provide services to Santa Barbara County residents. Artists or arts organizations awarded CAE grant funds may not apply again in the next grant cycle.
The Mini Grant Application process will be available two times each calendar year.
Applications will be due April 30th and September 30th.
Applications will be judged on the following criteria: timeliness of event/program/activity, impact on community, number of participants affected, fiscal responsibility, partnerships/collaborations/innovation and overall need for proposed project.
This grant application is in Adobe Reader format, a universal and free program.[Failure to use the most recent version may cause problems with how your grant is viewed when opened] After you have downloaded the most recent version of Adobe Reader (found on our website with the application), you use the “File-Save As” feature to save the application to your local computer. When the application is saved to your computer, you may work on the application over an extended period of time, saving as you go. Once completed, you may send the application to the Commission as a regular attachment via email. If we have any trouble viewing your application materials, we will contact you.
The application must be sent on-line by the deadline. No late applications will be accepted.
The CAE Grant review panel will consist of three County Arts Commissioners (one each from north, mid, and south-county), one representative from the Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation’s Education Outreach committee, and Arts Commission Staff.
Grant decisions will be made within 45 days of submission.
Grant period is up to one year and a final report is required to receive the final 10% payment.