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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 2017-18 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 - 6:30 p.m., Room T-1446

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

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

Application Deadlines for the FY 2017-18 Grant Application Cycle:

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 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