Cultural Affairs offers grants for creative projects throughout LA
Online applications for creative proposals will be accepted from November 1 by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). The agency will issue grants from its Public Space Activation Fund (PAF), and artists, community residents, cultural advocates, local nonprofits, and neighborhood business leaders are welcome to submit new and innovative community engagement proposals to DCA.
The Community Activation Fund will also pay for three new “signature festivals” in each of the following five Los Angeles City Council districts: 3, 6, 8, 9 and 12.
The first new category for the PAF grant, Community Expressions, allows individual artists who want to collaborate with a local company (a non-conventional art space) in their community for a creative one-time activity presented in person and / or online, for a mini-grant of up to $ 900.
The second new category, the Community Activation Fund, provides for Community Expressions grants, which aim to foster new partnerships between individual artists and their neighborhood businesses (non-conventional art spaces) to engage local residents, build community, and promote economic growth through the art.
Applicants in this category have the opportunity to propose up to $ 20,000 for a joint picnic with entertainment that can take place in a wide variety of street-adjacent, family-friendly spaces such as: public parks, schoolyards, parking lots, and other outdoor spaces that would not otherwise be eligible under the traditional Arts Activation Fund program.
The original component of PAF, the Arts Activation Fund, will provide approximately ten grants of up to $ 10,000 to support festival-style pop-ups and projects that animate sidewalks, streets, intersections and outdoor public corridors where art is not already common or for present. Under this category, applicants representing a collection of local artists, a local art ensemble, a non-profit organization or a commercial enterprise may propose such outdoor cultural activities as live performances, display of vinyl murals or temporary banners, candles, cultural picnics and / or mini-festivals framed around socially relevant themes. As in previous years, the DCA’s Arts Activation Fund will continue to prioritize activities that will take place on or adjacent to the City of LA’s designated Great Streets.
PAF was originally designed to fund a range of projects throughout the city that complement the unique character of their neighborhoods. In that spirit, the foundation prioritises applicants with proposals for their own neighborhoods and whose initiatives have strong alliances in their communities. The PAF projects can be temporary objects, installations or experiences that are free to society and strategically implemented in the public eye. PAF funding sources were expanded in response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, in which businesses, schools and many day-to-day activities were shut down.
“Never before has the city of Los Angeles needed the Public Space Activation Fund more to help stimulate the reopening of our society,” said Joe Smoke, DCA’s Grants Administration Division Director. “After 20 months of social oppression during the COVID-19 pandemic, local artists need to reconnect with audiences and help neighborhoods reach out with small and large presentations. We hope the Public Space Activation Fund will stimulate creative ideas and new collaborations while promoting trust and comfort in many communities. “
Visit http://dcaredesign.org/artsactivate/ for more information on funding application guidelines before proceeding with a phone request or suggestion. PAF proposals are accepted online on the third Thursday of each month, starting in November 2021 and continuing until June 2022.
Applications are reviewed within approximately 20 business days and feedback is available to those who need to change and improve their proposals. Ideas can be adjusted and submitted 2 or 3 times when approval is sought.
For more information on eligibility requirements and criteria for submitting a proposal for funding through the Arts Activation Fund, please visit: http://dcaredesign.org/artsactivate/.