Investing in the Artists Opportunity Grant

For Artists
For Arts Organizations
For Review Panelists

The City of Santa Ana is now accepting applications for the Investing in the Artist Grant Opportunity 2017.

The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission supports projects that will enrich and invigorate the Santa Ana arts and culture landscape. The grant intends to assist emerging and established artists who live and create work in Santa Ana or create work that is for the benefit of the Santa Ana arts community. Individual artists, and arts and culture nonprofit organizations are invited to apply. Funding will be provided through reimbursements for eligible Investing in the Artist expenses and will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 or $5,000 for artists, and $5000 or $10,000 for arts and culture non-profit organizations.

The grant period will be for 12 months and will require an interim and a final report on outcomes achieved. The first payment will be disbursed at the commencement of the grant period, and the second payment will be disbursed after completion of an interim report. Interim and final reports will require documentation, such as receipts, to support grant expenditures.

Applications are accepted online and are due on the Submittable website by Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4 P.M.

Please apply here: https://cityofsantaana.submittable.com/submit

The online application will prompt you to submit the information directly into the fields and to upload the submission materials described in the application guidelines. Please prepare all required materials

Anticipated Timeline:

Event dates, times, and locations may be subject to change under certain circumstances. Please check the timeline on this webpage for any changes prior to attending the Information Sessions, City Council and Arts and Culture Commission meetings.

03/01/17

Applications Available

3/16/17

Information Session – 6:00 pm 20 Civic Center Plaza, Council Chambers

3/30/17

Information Session – 6:00 pm 20 Civic Center Plaza, Council Chambers  

5/01/17

Applications Due by 4 pm

6/15/17

Funding recommendations from Arts and Culture Commission

07/05/17

City Council Approval of Grant Awards

Contact:

For questions please contact Gabriela Cramer at (714) 647-5385, gcramer@santa-ana.org.


Investing in the Artist Grant Opportunity - Artists

Understanding that a financial barrier is often times all that stands in the way of an artists’ next critical step in their career, Investing in the Artist grants distribute small, but impactful funds to emerging and established artists, serving as a catalyst to further their work while living and creating in Santa Ana, resulting in a more vibrant local art scene. Funding may be applied towards artistic needs small and large, depending on the proposal.  The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission supports ambitious projects that embrace experimentation and focus on process, as well as emerging artist essentials, such as materials, supplies, professional development, or business and website fees.

Grants will be awarded in the amount of $2,500 or $5,000 and will be distributed in two payments.

The grant period will be for 12 months and will require an interim and a final report on outcomes achieved. The first payment will be disbursed at the commencement of the grant period, and the second payment will be disbursed after completion of an interim report. Interim and final reports will require documentation, such as receipts, to support grant expenditures.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Individual artists working in the following mediums are welcome to apply:

Visual ↔ Performing  ↔ Musical ↔ Literary ↔  Film  ↔ Textile Arts ↔  Multimedia

  • Artists must be currently living and creating work in Santa Ana or create a work that is for the benefit of Santa Ana arts community.
  • Project must be completed in Santa Ana and/or directly serve the Santa Ana arts community
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Grant funds may not be used for tuition or academic expenses.
  • City of Santa Ana employees, elected officials, and commission members are ineligible.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

  • Artist Project (Santa Ana artist seeking funds for a specific project, including travel and research)
  • Equipment/Supplies (Santa Ana artist seeking funds for specific arts equipment or supplies, including funds for services such as websites and professional development)

*Santa Ana artist is defined as an artist that primarily lives and works in Santa Ana or will complete a specific project for the benefit of Santa Ana arts and culture community.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The Arts and Culture Commission (“Commission”) members are actively involved in the arts professionally and/or personally.  The Commission desires to avoid situations which may compromise, or appear to compromise, members’ objectivity while not preventing their continuing involvement in the arts, or in projects supported by the Commission and City.  If the Commission member has a professional, fiduciary, or personal relationship with an applicant, the Commission member must notify the Commission of the relationship before the panel meeting or review of the applicant.  The Commission member must also excuse himself/herself from the room during the discussion of the applicant, and may not discuss the application with any other member of the Commission prior to, during, or after discussion of the application. 

EVALUATION

Artist applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Project Merit – 40%
  • Artist Portfolio – 30%
  • Potential Community Impact – 20%
  • Individual Need – 10%

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Online submissions, please upload work directly onto online application using formatting guidelines listed below, or include links to online portfolio. Hard copy submissions, please follow guidelines listed below.

Please do not submit any original artwork. Work will not be returned.

Visual Arts (including painting, sculpture, textile arts, all physical artwork):

      • Five (5) images maximum of demonstrating your best work
      • Images must be printed or in jpeg format on one CD or uploaded to online submission site.
      • Clearly label each image file with “title_last name, first name” – Example “Art_Brown, John”
      • You may choose to submit a single PowerPoint presentation of your work with your name, title, size, date, medium on each slide. PowerPoint presentation must be copied onto one disk.

Musicians

  • You may submit up to five (5) songs or compositions of your best work. For online submissions, files may be uploaded as mp3 files. Links to SoundCloud, YouTube, or other online music showcases are acceptable.
  • If submitting a hard copy, please submit music on a playable CD.
  • Please note: Individual songs exceeding three minutes may not be heard in their entirety.
  • Label each file with “title_last name, first name” – Example “Music_Brown, John”

Film/Media/Performing Arts

  • You may submit up to five (5) short film/multimedia files. For online submissions, files may be uploaded as .mp4 or .mov format. Links to online portfolio, YouTube, Vimeo or other video sharing sites are acceptable.
  • If submitting a hard copy, video files must be submitted on a playable CD.
  • Please note: Individual films exceeding ten minutes may not be viewed in their entirety.
  • Label each file with “title_last name, first name” – Example “Video_Brown, John”

Writers

  • You may upload writing samples as Word or PDF files on the online submission site. Label each file “title_last name, first name” - Example “Fiction_Brown, John”
  • If submitting hard copy, please print the manuscript sample and include with application packet.
  • Please use the following format for manuscripts: Times New Roman or Courier, 12 point font, double-spaced.
  • Fiction: 10 pages max. 
  • Non-Fiction: 10 pages max.
  • Poetry: 5 poems (10 pages max.) Poetry may be formatted as the poet determines best suits the poem, but the manuscript must be legible.
  • Screenplays: 5 pages of dialogue + 1 synopsis.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications must contain the following documents to be considered for funding:

1. Application Cover Sheet (use attached)
2. Checklist (use attached)
3. Brief narrative for proposed use of funds - Please do not exceed 2 pages for the narrative and supplemental questions. Please follow these formatting guidelines: Double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, inch margins.
4. Supplemental Questions - Please answer each question separately on the application:

  • Please describe any additional City of Santa Ana resources required for your project (permits, public space, licenses etc.).
  • Is this a new or existing program/project?
  • How will the proposed project be presented or shared with the public? Will the art display, event or performance be free and accessible to the public?
  • How will your project enrich the Santa Ana arts and culture community?

5. Portfolio (see guidelines)
6. Project Timeline (sample  attached)
7. Line Item Budget (use attached)
8. One signed Letter of Support from an academic reference or reference from within the creative arts. If letter is in language other than English, please provide English translation.

 

Investing in the Artist Grant Opportunity - Art Organizations

Investing in the Artist grants distribute small, but impactful funds to emerging and established arts organizations, serving as a catalyst to further their work while living and creating in Santa Ana, resulting in a more vibrant local art scene.

FUNDING

The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission is seeking to fund grants in the amount of $5,000 and $10,000 to organizations that will enrich and invigorate the Santa Ana arts and culture landscape. Grants will be awarded for arts and culture nonprofit organizations to support programming costs, equipment, and special events.

Funding will be provided through reimbursements for eligible Investing in the Artist expenses. Organizations must be financially viable in order to make the expenditures, submit receipts and documentation for reimbursement by the City. Funding may be applied towards artistic needs small and large, depending on the proposal. The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission supports special events, arts and cultural programming, and nonprofit essentials such as materials, supplies, special event production, and community engagement. Administrative and operational expenses are not eligible for funding. Grants will require a final report of outcomes achieved.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations that meet the following criteria are welcome to apply:

  • Organizations with arts and culture focus
  • Organization must be based in Santa Ana and/or serve Santa Ana communities

FUNDING REQUIREMENTS

Organizations will be required to obtain/demonstrate the following prior to an award:

  • Current City of Santa Ana business license
  • Current General Liability insurance in the amount of $1,000,000 naming the City of Santa Ana as Additional Insured on a primary and non contributory basis
  • Active nonprofit status and good standing with IRS

FUNDING PRIORITIES

  • Equipment/Supplies - Organization seeking funds for specific arts equipment or supplies
  • Special Event - Organization seeking funds to support a special event that will enrich the Santa Ana arts and culture community
  • Special Projects

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Organization applications will evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Project Merit - 50%
  • Organization Need - 25%
  • Potential Community Impact- 25%

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Applications must contain the following documents to be considered for funding:

1. Application Cover Sheet (use attached)
2. Checklist (use attached)
3. Organization Mission and History
4. List of Key Staff/Board of Directors (Resume/CV if applicable) Limit 2 pages.
5. Brief narrative for proposed use of funds - Please do not exceed 2 pages for the narrative and supplemental questions. Please follow these formatting guidelines: Double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, inch margins.
6. Supplemental Questions - Please answer each question separately on the application:

  • Please describe any additional City of Santa Ana resources required for your project (permits, public space, licenses etc.).
  • Is this a new or existing program/project?
  • How will the proposed project be presented or shared with the public? Will the art display, event or performance be free and accessible to the public?
  • How will your project enrich the Santa Ana arts and culture community?

7. Project Timeline (sample  attached)
8. Line Item Budget (use attached)
9. One signed Letter of Support from an academic reference or reference from within the creative arts. If letter is in language other than English, please provide English translation.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

  • The Arts and Culture Commission (“Commission”) members are actively involved in the arts professionally and/or personally.  The Commission desires to avoid situations which may compromise, or appear to compromise, members’ objectivity while not preventing their continuing involvement in the arts, or in projects supported by the Commission and City.  If the Commission member has a professional, fiduciary, or personal relationship with an applicant, the Commission member must notify the Commission of the relationship before the panel meeting or review of the applicant.  The Commission member must also excuse himself/herself from the room during the discussion of the applicant, and may not discuss the application with any other member of the Commission prior to, during, or after discussion of the application. 

Review Panelist

Be a part of the grantmaking process!!

Are you a potential panelist? The City of Santa Ana is looking for panelists to serve on the 2016 Investing in the Artist Grant Opportunity review panel. Panelists are an integral part of the process that supports the creative voices in Santa Ana. We are looking for individuals who have in-depth professional experiences in the arts, arts education, arts administration, arts in juvenile justice, and/or related fields to review and rate grant applications. In addition to well-established member of the arts and culture world, young professionals and students are encouraged to apply. Great effort is made to create a diverse panel representing the City as a whole.

If interested, please submit the following brief application with a resume by Monday, April 03, 2017.

Please apply here: https://cityofsantaana.submittable.com/submit
The online application will prompt you to enter the information directly into the fields and to upload a resume.

ANTICIPATED TIMELINE

03/01/17

- Panelist applications available

04/03/16

- Applications due

04/20/17

- Recommendations to Arts & Culture Commission

05/03/17

- Applications assigned to panelists/Reviews begin

05/29/17

- Reviews due

06/15/17

- Funding recommendations to Arts & Culture Commission

07/05/17

- City Council Approval of Grant Awardees