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

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

Operating Grants support professionally-managed San Jose arts organizations that operate year-round arts programs.

Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants support community festivals, parades and celebrations by nonprofit organizations in San Jose.

ake pART Grants support publically-accessible arts activities produced by San Jose organizations.

Pre-Application Workshops
for the FY 2016-17 Grant Application Cycle:

Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants
 (two identical workshops)
Wednesday, December 2, 2015    Noon - 1:00 p.m, Room T-550 
Thursday, December 10, 2015      5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Room T-1446

Operating Grants (two identical workshops):
Friday, December 4, 2015             1:00 - 3:00 p.m., Room T-1446         
Friday, December 11, 2015          10:00 - noon, Room T-1446

take pART Grants (two identical workshops):
Tuesday, December 1, 2015         5:30 - 6:30 p.m., Room T-1446    
Monday, December 7, 2015          noon - 1:00 p.m., Room T-1446 

Application Deadlines for the FY 2016-17 Grant Application Cycle:

Festival, Parade and Celebration Grants: 
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Operating Grants:
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

take pART Grants: 
Monday, February 8, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

General Timeline of Annual Grant Application Cycle
(May be subject to change)

Description  Dates
Guidelines and applications released in Webgrants
Pre-Application Workshops

November / December

Application Deadlines

January / February

Applications reviewed by Grant Panels

March / April

Recommendations reviewed by Arts Commission
Recommendations formalized by City Council Action

May / June

Contracts issued for awarded grants July

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