CA Budget – Report from California Arts Advocates
Thank you to everyone who engaged through advocacy in the CA budget process. Although not everything we had lobbied for made it into the final budget, there are some wins including:
• $30 million to expand and support the CA Cultural Districts Program through the California Arts Council (CAC)
• Reopening of the Cultural Institutions grant program through SBA with grants up to $25,000 and expanded eligibility for the CA Venues grant program to include multiple entities, movie theaters and more NAICS and NTEE codes to ensure funding goes to many of the eligible grantees that have already submitted applications
• $120 million in district asks to also be distributed through the California Arts Council
• $25 million for for the California Cultural and Art Installations in the Parks Program through Parks and Recreation
As the budget language is finalized over the next several months, we will keep you informed when these programs will open. For links to the budget bills and list of district allocations, click here.
CA Venues Grant Program Updates
We are pleased to announce that there has been progress made toward fixing the procedural issues with the California Venues Grant program around the use of the NAICS and NTEE codes being used to determine eligibility. Legislation has been introduced to broaden the list of NAICS and NTEE codes that will be considered eligible for the program. This fix is NOT YET FINAL, but has been introduced and we hope to see it passed as part of the budget process. We hope this correction will be in place by the beginning of July and then Lendistry can resume consideration of all the grants that are currently on hold due to their NAICS or NTEE codes.
There is a chance it may not be passed before the legislature goes on July recess, if that happens it should be done in August. They have not lifted the need to have an eligible NAICS or NTEE code, this would just add more codes to the eligible list. In addition, Lendistry has announced a process for accepting amended tax returns, and for updating your NTEE Code in Guidestar.
If you would like more information or instructions on either of these procedures email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
COMING JULY 13! NONPROFIT PERFORMING ARTS GRANTS
Californians for the Arts is pleased to have been selected as a community partner to the Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program. The program website is live and Lendistry has announced that it is expected to be fully up to date with application guidelines by June 30th. The application portal is scheduled to open on July 13 at 9am.
We will be holding a series of informational webinars, dates and times and registration links below. The California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program was created to provide grants to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations, including qualifying fiscally sponsored organizations, to encourage workforce development. This grant will help with payroll, benefits, recruitment, training, and other expenses that support your team. The Program includes $49,500,000.00 to be allocated to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations that meet certain criteria. These grants will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis in specified amounts depending on the applicant’s annual gross revenue in the 2019 taxable year. The California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program is funded by the State of California and administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). Eligibility criteria applies.
Californians for the Arts is available to assist with questions and with submitting your application.