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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 and Application Instructions for the FY 2018-19 Funding Cycle will be available here in early November 2017.

Pre-Application Workshops for FY 2017-2018 Grant Application Cycle

  • Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Wednesday, November 30, 2016 Noon - 1:00 p.m.  Room T-1446
    • Thursday, December 8, 2016  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m Room T-1446 

  • Operating Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Monday, December 5, 2016  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Room T-1446 
    • Wednesday, December 14, 2016  10:00 a.m - noon  Room T-1446 

  • take pART Grants (two identical workshops)
    • Tuesday, December 6, 2016  5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  Room T-1446
    • Tuesday, December 13, 2016  noon -1:00 p.m.  Room T-1446 


  • Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants: Monday, January 23, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Operating Grants: Monday, January 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
  • take pART Grants: Monday, February 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

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