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Operating Grants
Through the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San José offers several programs of financial support to ensure a continuing and rich variety of cultural opportunities for its residents as well as visitors to the city.

The City of San Jose awards Operating Grants to a limited number of professionally-managed San Jose arts organizations with ongoing, year-round arts programming. The grants support general operating needs.

How to Apply 

The Operating Grant application is an online application submitted through WebGrants, the City’s one-stop online portal for all grant opportunities offered throughout the City. All applicants will access, complete and submit electronic applications using the WebGrants portal. The application will be available on WebGrants immediately following the first pre-application workshop.

Guidelines and Application Instructions for the next funding cycle of FY2016-17 are located in the Resources section.

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

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

First-time prospective applicants are STRONGLY encouraged to attend.

California Cultural Data Project Requirement 

All Operating Grant applicants are required to complete an annual profile through the California Cultural Data Project (CDP) and attach the corresponding San Jose Operating Grant Funder Report with the grant application. The completion of the profile will require an investment of time. The CDP website contains helpful links to online training and a toll-free Help Desk. Please consult the Operating Grant Guidelines for specific requirements regarding the CDP.