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 2018.

Applications are accepted online only and are due on the Submittable website by Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 11:59 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.

03/01/18

Applications Available

3/14/18

Information Session – 6:00 pm, Ross Annex, 1st Floor, Conference Room 1600

3/28/18

Information Session – 6:00 pm, Ross Annex, 1st Floor, Conference Room 1600

5/03/18

Applications Due by 11:59 pm

7/19/18
NEW DATE

Funding recommendations from Arts and Culture Commission

8/7/18
NEW DATE

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. 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, or business and website fees.

Celebrating the City of Santa Ana’s History and Diversity

For over 200 years, Santa Ana has had a rich presence in our region. Our city has always been a place of intersections, where cultural diversity dwells amidst historic beauty. For the funding cycle of 2018-2019, the City of Santa Ana invites artists to dive into our local history, showcase our diverse residents, spotlight our architecture, and explore our natural beauty to celebrate the local community in a variety of mediums: Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Writing, Poetry, Music, Dance, Fashion, and Culinary.

**For more information and resources on Santa Ana’s rich history, please refer to Cultural Info Sheet at the end.

AWARDS

The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission (Arts Commission) is seeking to award grants in the amounts of up to $1,500 for “Emerging Artists” or up to $5,000 for “Mid-Level Artists” and “Established Artists” and will be distributed in two payments.

The grant period will be for 12 months and will require an interim and a final report, including an itemized budget with documentation such as receipts, on outcomes achieved. The first payment will be disbursed at the commencement of the grant period, and the second payment will be disbursed 30 days after the successful completion of the final report. All grantees are required to maintain financial records to verify compliance. If you are selected for an audit, you must have and submit proof of expenses for review by grants staff upon request.

Only activities and costs consistent with the grant application or proposal approved by the Arts Commission will be funded. If changes in the awarded project are necessary, grantees must contact Gaby Cramer at (714) 647-5385 or GCramer@santa-ana.org.

If the proposed project has not been completed by end of the grant cycle, awarded funds to the artist(s) will be reabsorbed, and the applicant(s) will be ineligible to reapply for the following two years.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The Arts 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, and/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 him/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. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

Visual ↔ Performing  ↔ Musical ↔ Literary ↔  Film  ↔ Textile Arts ↔  Multimedia ↔ Industrial ↔ Fashion ↔ Culinary

  • Artists must be currently living and creating work in Santa Ana or create a work that is for the benefit of Santa Ana residents and/or stimulate economic development for the City of Santa Ana.
  • Project must be completed in Santa Ana, directly serve the Santa Ana residents, and/or stimulate economic development for the City of Santa Ana.
  • Applicants must be over the age of 18.
  • Applicant must attend one Information Session.
  • Applicants may not apply for consecutive grant cycles for the same project.
  • Only one application per project will be accepted. Artists may not apply separately for the same project.

Emerging Artist:

Early stage of your career, have created a modest independent body of work, and have not yet established a solid reputation as an artist among art critics, art buyers, and art galleries.

Mid-Level Artist:

Have created an independent body of work over a number of years, and have received regional or national recognition through publication or public presentation of your work (museum exhibitions).

Established Artist:

At a mature stage in your career and have created an extensive body of independent work, reaching an advanced level of achievement by sustaining a nationally or internationally recognized contribution to the discipline.

INELIGIBILE PROJECTS – WE DO NOT FUND

  • Scholarly research, tuition, or academic expenses.
  • Projects held, performed, or exhibited outside of the City of Santa Ana.
  • Programs that are not accessible to the public.
  • Projects with religious purposes that serve to proselytize.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

  • Activating geographical areas in Santa Ana underserved by the arts
  • Collaborations/partnerships among different entities

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants will be reviewed and scored by a grant peer review panel made up of artists, arts and nonprofit professionals, and others with knowledge and professional qualifications in the arts and with familiarity of Orange County’s arts sector. Grant review panels will reflect the diversity of the region and the various professional groups encompassed by the arts sectors such as practitioners, administrators, board members, and educators. As a public agency, all information submitted to the Arts Commission in conjunction with a grant application becomes public record at the time the application is submitted. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a peer panel according to the following criteria.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Artist applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

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

Criterion 1

A project with exceptional Artistic Merit & Theme Relevance engages qualified and diverse arts or cultural professionals; provides arts experiences that expose participants to new perspectives; provides opportunities for engagement in the creative process; demonstrates cross-sector understanding, both supporting the arts and advancing community priorities; and provide clear examples of how the theme of “Celebrating the City of Santa Ana’s History and Diversity” is incorporated into your project.

Criterion 2:

An exceptional Artist Portfolio will include artworks that demonstrate the artist’s technical skills, abilities, and potential and should reflect the artist’s unique art background and experiences. It could include a range of medium and/or genre, or it can focus on the artist’s strengths.

Criterion 3

A project with exceptional Community Impact will be able to make a positive difference for Santa Ana residents, neighborhoods, and communities by creating leverage and visibility for these communities to receive greater resources; elevating the standard of living for those in the community; providing pipelines for arts leadership; and support economic growth in the City.

Criterion 4

Exceptional demonstration of Individual Need must clearly relate to your organization’s mission and purpose and how it serves your constituents; supported with evidence such as statistics, expert views, and trends; and directly connect to, and support, your individual ability to respond to the need.

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

Online submissions, please upload work directly onto online application using formatting guidelines listed below, or include links to online portfolio. Please do not submit any original artwork. Work will not be returned.

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

      • You may submit up to five (5) images maximum of demonstrating your best work
      • Images must be printed or in jpeg format 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.

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.     
  • 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, and remember to include passwords.
  • 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”
  • 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:

  • Application Cover Sheet (use attached)
  • Checklist (use attached)
  • Brief Narrative for proposed use of funds. Limit 2 pages. Formatting guidelines: Double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, one inch margins.
  • Supplemental Questions - Please answer each question separately on the application:
  • Describe any additional City of Santa Ana resources required for your

project (permits, public space, licenses etc.) that you are required to obtain.**

  • 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 quality of life for Santa Ana residents?
  • Describe how will your project stimulate economic development for the City of Santa Ana.
  • Portfolio (see guidelines)
  • Project Timeline (sample attached)
  • Line Item Budget (use attached)
  • At least one (1) signed Letter of Support or reference. If letter is in language other than English, please provide English translation.

**If doing a public art installation, site must be selected prior to submission.  Additionally, a letter from the property owner must be included with your application.

SUBMISSION DUE DATE:

Applications are due on the Submittable website by THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Submit applications here: https://cityofsantaana.submittable.com/submit

The online application will prompt you to submit the information directly into the fields and to upload submission materials. The Arts Commission strongly recommends submitting the application at least 5 days prior to the deadline to give ample time to troubleshoot.

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

 

Investing in the Artist Grant Opportunity - Art Organizations

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

Celebrating the City of Santa Ana’s History and Diversity

For over 200 years, Santa Ana has had a rich presence in our region. Our city has always been a place of intersections, where cultural diversity dwells amidst historic beauty. For the funding cycle of 2018-2019, the City of Santa Ana invites organizations/cooperatives to dive into our local history, showcase our diverse residents, spotlight our architecture, and explore our natural beauty to celebrate the local community in a variety of mediums: Visual Arts, Music, Theater, Writing, Poetry, Music, Dance, Fashion, and Culinary.

**For more information and resources on Santa Ana’s rich history, please refer to Cultural Info Sheet at the end.

AWARDS

The Santa Ana Arts and Culture Commission (Arts Commission) is seeking to fund grants in the amount of up to $10,000 for arts organizations/cooperatives that will enrich and invigorate the Santa Ana arts and culture landscape and will be distributed in two payments.

The Arts Commission supports special events, arts & cultural programming, marketing & tourism, and nonprofit essentials such as materials, supplies, special event production, and community engagement. The grant period will be for 12 months and will require an interim and final report, including an itemized budget with documentation such as receipts, of outcomes achieved. All grantees are required to maintain financial records to verify compliance. If you are selected for an audit, you must have and submit proof of expenses for review by grants staff upon request. Only activities and costs consistent with the grant application or proposal approved by the Arts Commission will be funded. If changes in the awarded project are necessary, grantees must contact Gaby Cramer at (714) 647-5385 or GCramer@santa-ana.org.

If the proposed project has not been completed by end of the grant cycle, awarded funds to the organization will be reabsorbed, and the applicant will be ineligible to reapply for the following two years. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The Arts 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, and/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 him/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. 

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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

  • Organizations with arts, culture, design, or creative innovation focus.
  • Organization must be based in Santa Ana and/or serve Santa Ana communities.
  • Projects can be small in scope and do not need to serve large numbers of people as long as they positively impact the organization’s purpose or mission.
  • A project may be a part of an applicant’s regular season or activities. Organizations that undertake a single short-term project in a year—a dance festival, for example—could apply for support for that event or they could identify certain components of their operations, such as securing rehearsal space, marketing activities, paying artists, etc., as their project.
  • A representative from the organization must attend one Information Session.
  • Applicants may not apply for consecutive grant cycles for the same project.
  • Only one application per project will be accepted. Organizations may not apply separately for the same project.
Organizations/Cooperatives will be required to obtain/demonstrate the following prior to an award:
  • Current City of Santa Ana business license or city approval for business operation (for cooperatives).
  • 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 501(c)3 nonprofit status and good standing with IRS or registered as an eligible cooperative with the City of Santa Ana.

Cooperatives are defined as:

  • A business entity that is owned and controlled by the people who work in it. Worker cooperatives thrive in many industries and regions.
  • In a worker cooperative, decisions are made democratically, by the people who do the work (usually following the principle of "one worker, one vote") instead of by one person or group people that holds all the power.
  • Cooperatives are a specific legal definition in which the workers are defined as members and owners of the cooperative. These member-owners are entitled to a vote, and to a share of the profits of the business (called patronage).

INELIGIBILE PROJECTS – WE DO NOT FUND

  • Administrative and operational expenses
  • Scholarly research, tuition, or academic expenses.
  • Projects held, performed, or exhibited outside of the City of Santa Ana.
  • Programs that are not accessible to the public.
  • Funds going directly into trusts, endowments, or cash reserves.    
  • Projects with religious purposes that serve to proselytize.

FUNDING PRIORITIES

  • Activating geographical areas in Santa Ana underserved by the arts
  • Collaborations/partnerships among different entities

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants will be reviewed and scored by a grant peer review panel made up of artists, arts and nonprofit professionals, and others with knowledge and professional qualifications in the arts and with familiarity of Orange County’s arts sector. Grant review panels will reflect the diversity of the region and the various professional groups encompassed by the arts sectors such as practitioners, administrators, board members, and educators. As a public agency, all information submitted to the Arts Commission in conjunction with a grant application becomes public record at the time the application is submitted. Applications will be reviewed and scored by a peer panel according to the following criteria.

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Organization applications will evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Project Merit & Theme Relevance - 50%
  • Potential Community Impact - 25%
  • Organization Need - 20%
  • Organizational Readiness/Fiscal Responsibility – 5%

Criterion 1: 

A project with exceptional Artistic Merit & Theme Relevance engages qualified and diverse arts or cultural professionals; provides arts experiences that expose participants to new perspectives; provides opportunities for engagement in the creative process; demonstrates cross-sector understanding, both supporting the arts and advancing community priorities; and provide clear examples of how the theme of “Celebrating the City of Santa Ana’s History and Diversity” is incorporated into the project.

Criterion 2: 

A project with exceptional Community Impact will be able to make a positive difference for Santa Ana residents, neighborhoods, and communities by creating leverage and visibility for these communities to receive greater resources; enhance the quality of life for those in the community; providing pipelines for arts leadership; enhance visitor’s experience of the City; and support economic growth in the City.

Criterion 3

Exceptional demonstration of Organization Needs must clearly relate to the organization’s mission and purpose and how it serves its constituents; supported with evidence such as statistics, expert views, and trends; and directly connect to, and support, the organization’s ability to respond to the need.

Criterion 4

An organization with exceptional Organizational Readiness/Fiscal Responsibility recruits and retains an engaged, diverse, and qualified board, staff, contractors, and/or volunteers and has an accumulated deficit of less than 20% of their total operational expenses for two or more years. Competitive applications will address all application questions and provide complete information.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

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

  • Application Cover Sheet (use attached)
  • Checklist (use attached)
  • Organization Mission and History
  • List of Key Staff/Board of Directors (Resume/CV if applicable). Limit 2 pages.
  • Organizational Operational Budget
  • Narrative for proposed use of funds. Limit 2 pages. Formatting guidelines: Double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman, one inch margins.
  • Supplemental Questions - Please answer each question separately.
  • Describe any additional City of Santa Ana resources required for your project (permits, public space, licenses etc.) that you are required to obtain.
  • 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 quality of life for Santa Ana residents?
  • Describe how will your project stimulate economic development for the City of Santa Ana?
  • Project Timeline (sample attached)
  • Line Item Budget (use attached)
  • At least three (3) signed Letters of Community Support. If letter is in language other than English, please provide English translation.

SUBMISSION DUE DATE:

Applications are due on the Submittable website by THURSDAY, MAY 3, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

Submit applications here: https://cityofsantaana.submittable.com/submit

The online application will prompt you to submit the information directly into the fields and to upload submission materials. The Arts Commission strongly recommends submitting the application at least 5 days prior to the deadline to give ample time to troubleshoot.

For questions please contact Gabriela Cramer at (714) 647-5336 or gcramer@santa-ana.org.

 

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 2018 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 Thursday, April 05, 2018.

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

03/01/18
- Review Panelist Application available

04/05/18

- Panelist Application due

04/19/18

- Arts & Culture Commission recommendation of panelits

05/04/18

- Panelist reviews begin

05/24/18

- Panel convenes in person at City Hall

05/29/18

- Reviews due on Submittable

07/19/18
NEW DATE

- Funding recommendations to Arts & Culture Commission

08/7/18
NEW DATE

- City Council Approval of Grant Awardees