Announcing CA Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program

The California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program was created to provide grants to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations (theater, dance, music, and other performance companies) to encourage workforce development. The Program includes $49.5M to be allocated in one or more rounds to eligible nonprofit performing arts organizations that meet certain criteria.

Grant moneys awarded under 
this Program shall only be
 used for the following:

  1. Employee expenses, including payroll costs, health care benefits, paid sick, medical, or family leave, and insurance premiums;
  2. Contributions or payments to a centralized payroll service;
  3. Recruitment, training, development, and other human resources related expenses; and/or
  4. Other operating expenses or equipment for employees.

The Program requires these grants to be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis in specified amounts depending on the applicant’s annual gross revenue in the 2019 taxable year.

Eligible Grant Awards         Annual Gross Revenue in 2019 Taxable Year

$25,000                               $1,001 – $100,000
$50,000                               $100,001 – $1,000,000
$75,000                               $1,000,001 – $2,000,000

Eligible organizations include registered 501(c)(3) entities with no more than $2M in annual gross revenue, and who are classified in one of the following North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes: 

(A) 711110 – Theater Companies and Dinner Theaters 
(B) 711120 – Dance Companies 
(C) 711130 – Musical Groups and Artists 
(D) 711190 – Other Performing Arts Companies 

 Lendistry has announced that the application portal is scheduled to open on June 29 at 9am PT. More information is coming from Lendistry on the details of the program and Californians for the Arts will be holding a series of informational webinars during the week of June 20-24. Exact dates and times will be announced soon.

Visit to learn more about this grant opportunity and to get updates on the program. 

The California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program is funded by the State of California and administered by the California Office of the Small Business Advocate (CalOSBA). Eligibility criteria applies.

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