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Grants Program
Through the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San Jose offers programs of financial support to ensure a rich variety of arts and cultural opportunities for the community.

Core Cultural Funding Portfolio

The City’s core Cultural Funding Portfolio consists of three annual grants programs that are awarded through a competitive application process:

Guidelines for the upcoming FY 2020-21 Funding Cycle will be available on each grant program page beginning in November 2019 (in Resources section on left side). 

Pre-Application Workshops for FY 2020-2021 Grant Application Cycle
  • Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Wednesday, November 27, 2019             Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Room T-1254
    • Thursday, December 5, 2019                     5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                 Room T-1254 

  • Operating Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Tuesday, December 3, 2019                    1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                    Room T-1254 
    • Wednesday, December 11, 2019                10:00 a.m. - noon                       Room T-1254 

  • take pART Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Tuesday, December 3, 2019                      5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.                   Room T-1254
    • Tuesday, December 10, 2019                       noon -1:00 p.m.                        Room T-1254 

Application Deadlines for the FY 2020-2021 Grant Application Cycle

General Timeline of Annual Grant Application Cycle (May be subject to change)
 Description  Dates 
  •  Guidelines and applications release in Webgrants
  •  Pre-Application Workshop
 November / December
  •  Application Deadlines
 January / February 
  •  Applications reviewed by Grant Panels 
 March / April 
  •  Recommendations reviewed by Arts Commission
  •  Recommendations reviewed by City Council Action 
 May / June 
  •  Contracts issued for awarded grants 

Funding Opportunities for Professional Development, Artists, Arts Organizations, and Arts-Rooted Businesses