21 Jan 2020

Grants Arts Activation Fund

Los Angeles Department of Cultural AffairsLos Angeles, California, United States

Opportunity Description

U.S. Regional Deadline: April 16, May 21, June 18, 2020 – The Arts Activation Fund helps launch and grow temporary “public-art” projects such as festivals, art walks, vinyl murals, or innovative pop-up events, which use the arts to activate uninviting streets and sidewalks in Los Angeles.

Grants of $7,500 – $12,000 are available for projects located on specific street corridors or intersections in the City of Los Angeles* that can take place within 2-3 months of the proposal date. Applications are accepted and reviewed monthly from November through June.

The four goals of the AAF are to:

  1. Foster collaborative planning and production of projects that focus on relevant community themes.
  2. Engage, promote, and pay local artists.
  3. Enliven our City’s ‘Great Streets’ and other streets which are under-animated.
  4. Provide resources to community stakeholders (activists, artists, ensembles, for-profit business owners, and/or non-profit agencies) that do not have other business contracts with DCA.

AAF aims to support the following:
— Festival-style projects (such as art walks or street fairs) which aim to enliven a street while building collaboration and economic development among neighborhood businesses, may request: $12,000 (first time applicants), $10,000 (second-time applicants), or $8000 (third time applicants) per event or event series. On or before a third proposal to AAF, the producers of festival-style projects are encouraged to transition to DCA’s larger Cultural Grants Program.

— Pop-up projects (e.g.: cultural presentations, creative engagements/workshops, temporary installations such as vinyl murals) proposed by groups of artists who live or work in the neighborhood of the proposed project which will draw attention to relevant themes or topics and are planned in alliance with one or more local neighborhood associations, may request no more than $7,500 per application. Pop-up projects within festival-style projects may or may not compete against one another, depending upon the timing of such proposals and the overall availability of funding.

Applicants may be: artist groups/collectives (applying under the name of a single creative leader), limited partnerships, non-profit organizations, or commercial businesses, that do not currently have an active grant contract with DCA. Priority is given to applicants that are headquartered in the same City council district as their proposed project. Before applying we encourage you to either telephone or email DCA Grants Staff to outline your proposed idea.


  • April 16, 2020 – 11:59 pm
  • May 21, 2020 – 11:59 pm
  • June 18, 2020 – 11:59 pm

To be considered for an AFF grant, the following items are required:

  1. Proposal Narrative
  2. Estimated Project Budget
  3. 2-3 letters of support, one of which must verify communication with an office or agency that can/will permit use of the specific address of the project
  4. Images, videos, or examples of relevant prior artistic experience

The Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) generates and supports high quality arts and cultural experiences for Los Angeles’ 4 million residents and 40 million annual visitors. DCA advances the social and economic impact of the arts and ensures access to diverse and enriching cultural activities through: grantmaking, marketing, development, public art, community arts programming, arts education, and building partnerships with artists and arts and cultural organizations in neighborhoods throughout the City of Los Angeles.

Department of Cultural Affairs
201 N. Figueroa Street, Suite 1400
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Grants and Public Art RFP. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 03 March thru April, Deadlines 05 May thru June, and Open to Regional Artists. Income: *No Application Fee and Purchase. Opportunity expires in 73 days.

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