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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 2019-20 Funding Cycle will be posted on each grant program page (in Resources section on left side) in mid-November 2018.  

NOTE:  Below is information for the most recently completed funding cycle.  Dates for the FY2019-2020 Funding Cycle will likely be similar and will be posted in early November 2018.


Pre-Application Workshops for FY 2018-2019 Grant Application Cycle
  • Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Wednesday, November 29, 2017 Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Room T-1254
    • Thursday, December 7, 2017  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m Room T-1254 

  • Operating Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Room T-1254 
    • Wednesday, December 13, 2017  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Room T-1254 

  • take pART Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Tuesday, December 5, 2017  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Room T-1254
    • Wednesday, December 13, 2017  noon -1:00 p.m.  Room T-1254 


Application Deadlines for the FY 2018-2019 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 
 July 


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