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2019 Annual Conference Ways to Save

ACSO offers a general scholarship opportunity, gives a discount on registration to organizations sending groups of five or more, and is highlighting several outside grants below that provide additional opportunities for Conference funding. 

ACSO Conference Scholarships

ACSO will award up to ten scholarships to cover the cost of the three-day conference registration fee (a value of $375). Priority will be given to first-time attendees from organizations with budgets under $500,000, students, and emerging professionals. The scholarship does not include special events that have an additional fee or travel and accommodation costs.

Applicants must be an ACSO member ($50 for students, $80 for individuals) or on the staff or board of an ACSO member organization.

The scholarship application will open on April 18, 2019 and the application deadline is Friday, May 24, 2019. Recipients will be notified by Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Group Registration

If your organization is bringing five or more people to Conference, you are eligible for a 15% discount on registration. Contact us at [email protected] for personalized service. The deadline for group registration is July 22, 2019.

Conference Grants


Center for Cultural Innovation - Creative Capacity Fund: This grant program provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and to work with consultants and coaches to build administrative and business skills and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization or arts practice. Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the following month's application cycle. Click here for more information or to apply.

Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Nonprofit arts organizations who receive funding through the LA County Arts Commission’s Organizational Grant Program are eligible to apply for scholarship support from the Arts Commission. Please review the Arts Commission’s Professional Development Program guidelines to verify eligibility. Scholarship requests must be received one month prior to the Conference to be considered. Click here to learn more or to apply.


Nevada Arts Council: Professional Development Grants (PDG) promote the continuing education of Nevada’s nonprofit arts industry to advance their work and careers through attendance at regional or national conferences, workshops, or seminars for skills training. PDG funds cover costs associated with professional development activities on a reimbursement basis for artists, educators, board members and arts administrators. Grant requests must be received one month prior to the Conference to be considered. Click here to learn more or to apply.