For Grant Seekers

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Arts Grants Guidelines

The Arts Council is honored to provide support to nonprofit arts programs through grant funding to presenters, cultural groups and professional artists — thanks to funding by the Monterey County Board of Supervisors through the Economic Development Department. The Arts Council grant funds are awarded on a competitive review basis each year based on overall impact and level of service to Monterey County families. 

Our next deadline is beginning of October. The grant application will be available beginning of September.  Email Klara at
for the grant application or to be added to the mailing list.

Funding categories are: Cultural Tourism, Arts Education, Programs for Rural Communities and Small Business Support. 

If you want to pursue grant funds of any sort, you must have either your own 501(c)3 status officially granted by the IRS or a fiscal sponsor. Learn more here: Fractured Atlas

For information contact Paulette at

» Click here for a list of past grantees and projects

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I apply this fall of 2016 if I already applied in the spring of 2016?

A: Organizations that applied in the spring 2016 cycle are eligible to apply this fall of 2016 as far as they are current with any reports due for prior grants received.

Q: Up to what amount can I apply? Where on the grant application can I find it?

A: You can apply up to $ 5,000.00. You can find the amount under #4. in section B “Project Request”.

Q: Under “Applicant Eligibility” ~ What if one of the questions does not qualify?

A: Please send your question by email so we can review and make determination.

Q: Do I need to submit Project Budget and Budget Narrative?

A: Budget Narrative ~ This page is required and is your opportunity to help the reviewer understand your project/proposal.

Use the budget narrative to provide any compelling details about your income
(e.g, special campaigns for individuals, any prestigious aspects to foundation support; any special effort to increase program revenue)

Use the budget narrative to provide any explanation that helps show how careful you are with your resources; how critical an element may be and/or to clear any possible confusion in the mind of the reviewer.

Grant Opportunities from Other Organizations

A Blade of Grass
Alliance for California Traditional Arts plus highlights here
Cal Humanities
California Arts Council
Chapman Foundation
Community Foundation for Monterey County
Creative WorkFund
The Dunspaugh-Dalton Foundation
Fender Music Foundation
Harden Foundation
Hewlett Foundation
The James Irvine Foundation
Jim Tunney Foundation
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Monterey Peninsula Foundation
Nancy Buck Ransom Foundation
National YoungArts Foundation
Packard Foundation
Pebble Beach Company Foundation
Tribeca Film Institute

Scholarships Opportunities

S.T.A.R. Foundation – deadline April 30

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