Eastside Arts Initiative Grant Guidelines

The Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) grant-funding program supports arts initiatives that further the arts in Greater Eastern Los Angeles County. While there are no specific creativity design mandates, the focus is on community arts programming and artist development through music, theatre, poetry, cinema and cultural initiatives reaching a diverse, multi-ethnic participant and public audience base. The EAI encourages strategic and sustainable arts initiatives that significantly impact underserved, art-poor neighborhoods and artists.

Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the EAI’s LOI online application. Applicants whose LOI’s are approved, are invited to submit a full proposal which includes the grant initiative budget as well as an operations budget.

Funding Levels

  • $2,000 to $10,000 Non-match grants (may apply through fiscal agent)
  • $11,000 to $50,000 Match grants (may NOT apply through fiscal agent)

Funding Priorities

  1. Community Arts Programming
  • Increase access to free community arts programming
  • Establish sustainable arts programming for all ages.
  • Support opportunities for start-up incubation organizations and initiatives that increase local arts and cultural programming.
  1. Development of Artists and their Work
  • Nurture the development of local artists, artistic talent and artistic works from all disciplines.
  • Increase mentorship and apprenticeship opportunities for established artists to nurture local new and up-and-coming artists.
  • Increase access to economic capital opportunities for local artists
  1. Technical Support (in-kind support only)
  • Provide access to grant-writing training
  • Provide access to fund development training
  • Provide access to capacity-building training

Who Qualifies?

  • Arts organizations, artists, arts advocates with proof of non-profit 501c3 in good standing
  • Non-match grant applicants may apply through fiscal agent with proof of non-profit 501c in good standing (confirmation letter by Board President required and Executive Director)

Who And What Does Not Qualify?

  • Applicants without proof of a 501c3 in good standing (for match grants)
  • Applicants with annual operating budgets of more than $3 million
  • Applicants who do not submit a policy statement of diversity and inclusion
  • School-based or government agency unless part of a collaborative with a community-based arts organization or artist
  • Funding for operational costs or office equipment
  • Earned income, in-kind donations or general funds from operations do not qualify as matching funds

Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the EAI’s LOI online application. Applicants with approved LOI’s will be invited to continue with the grant application process.