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$50 million in grants for nonprofit cultural orgs opens 3/16 for one week only

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$50 million in grants for nonprofit cultural orgs opens 3/16 for one week only


ATTN: CA nonprofit culture organizations. Collectively, with your voice and our lobbying, we advocated to the state for funding specifically for our sector and on Feb 23, SB 87 was signed into law approving $50 million in funding for nonprofit cultural institutions. It is critical the field knows about this funding opportunity and takes advantage of it. If it is undersubscribed for example, it makes it harder for us to say the sector needs relief monies. Please share this opportunity with your networks and contact with any questions.


Who: Nonprofit cultural organizations, see description below from SB 87.

When: Application open March 16-23, 2021

What: Grant sizes $5-$25,000 based on budget size to nonprofit cultural institutions of any revenue size (no cap on revenue unlike the other small business relief grants)

Eligibility: Grants to eligible nonprofit cultural institutions shall be prioritized on documented percentage revenue declines based on a reporting period comparing Q2 and Q3 of 2020 versus Q2 and Q3 of 2019

Note: If you have applied for a CA Relief Grant already and received a grant in rounds, 1, 2 or 3. you are not eligible. If you applied but did not receive a grant, you must complete the new application starting March 16.

Application Info: Once you go to you will be asked to choose a partner. Californians for the Arts and California Association of Museums will be new partners to this program. We are not yet on the website but will be by the time the application opens on March 16.

Webinar to Learn More: March 15 at 2pm. Register here.

Definition of “Cultural Institutions” as defined in SB 87:
For purposes of this subdivision, “eligible nonprofit cultural institution” means a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity that satisfies the criteria for a qualified small business pursuant to subdivision (f) of Section 12100.82, but with no limitation on annual gross revenue, and that is in one of the following North American Industry Classification System codes:
(A) 453920 – Art Dealers.
(B) 711110 – Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters.
(C) 711120 – Dance Companies.
(D) 711130 – Musical Groups and Artists.
(E) 711190 – Other Performing Arts Companies.
(F) 711310 – Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities.
(G) 711320 – Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities.
(H) 711410 – Agents and Managers for Artists, Athletes, Entertainers, and Other Public Figures.
(I) 711510 – Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers.
(J) 712110 – Museums.
(K) 712120 – Historical Sites.
(L) 712130 – Zoos and Botanical Gardens.
(M) 712190 – Nature Parks & Other Similar Institutions.

Grant Amounts
The amount of grant funding ranges from $5,000 to $25,000. Businesses are eligible based on their annual revenue as documented in their most recent tax return.


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