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Community Arts Enrichment Grants

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.

The CAE grant programs have been in place since 2012, through a partnership with the County Arts Commission and Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation. Since the initial grant cycle, over 60 artists/arts organizations have received funding and significant progress has been made in identifying and expanding resources and opportunities increasing access to arts countywide. 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.

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 $.50 of every Bowl concert ticket sold, up to $50,000..

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 grant applications are 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.

Artists or arts organizations may submit 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.

Application Process
The 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 emailed to by11:59 PM on the deadline.  No late applications will be accepted.

Grant period is up to one year and a final report is required to receive the final 10% payment.


Please Note
This grant application is in Adobe PDF format. If you do not have Adobe Reader Version 9 or higher installed on your computer, you can download a free Reader from the Adobe website.

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Community Arts Enrichment Grants (CAE)
Mini-grants of up to $5,000 to artists and arts organizations serving Santa Barbara County. CAE grants are intended to support artists and arts and cultural organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in Santa Barbara County communities.

City of Santa Barbara Grants: (Offered once per calendar year)

Community Arts Grants (CA)
Grants range from $500 to $6,000 and are directed at support for short-term projects with a community connection. Often these grants focus on children and families and have significant artist involvement. Grant recommendations are made by the City Arts Advisory Committee.

Community Events & Festivals Grants (EF)
Grant recommendations are made by the seven member City Council appointed Community Events and Festivals Committee. The Committee reviews requests for support and makes recommendation for amounts between $1,000 and $40,000.

Organizational Development Grants (OD)

Grants are made to city-based non profit arts organizations to assist in organizational development and stability. Grants range in amount from $1,000 to $18,000. Grants are recommended to the City Council by the City Arts Advisory Committee.

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