Eastside Arts Initiative Grant Application Cycle Spring 2018



The Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) is a grant-funding program in partnership with LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes (LA Plaza) that supports innovative arts initiatives and furthers the arts in greater eastern Los Angeles County.  

While there are no specific creativity design mandates, the focus is on visual and performing arts programming such as music, theatre, poetry, cinema and cultural initiatives reaching a diverse, underserved and multi-ethnic participant and audience base.


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


The EAI encourages strategic and “out of the box” thinking for sustainable “arts initiatives” that significantly impact underserved, art-poor communities and artists in eastern Los Angeles County.  (The Southeast is an area of concern, but grant funding is not limited to this area).  Based on input from focus sessions, previous grant applicants, grantees, artists, community advisors and others, the EAI’s current grant funding includes three main priorities:

  1. Community Arts Programming
  • Improve access to impactful and long-lasting programming arts programming.
  • Increase meaningful long-lasting arts programming for all ages.
  • Support opportunities for start-up incubation organizations and initiatives that increase local arts & 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 opportunities for established artists to nurture local new and
    up-and-coming artists.
  • Increase access to economic capital opportunities for local artists and artisans that produce work produced for sale.
  1. Technical Support and Arts Advocacy
  • Increase access to grant-writing training.
  • Increase access to business plan-writing, capacity-building and fund development training.
  • Improve access to funding resources and opportunities through research, development of advocacy protocols and strategic plan to shape local arts & cultural funding policies and outcomes.


  • Arts organizations, artists, arts advocates with proof of good standing
  • Applicants may apply through fiscal agent (confirmation letter by board president required)


  • Applicants without proof of 501C(3) non-profit status or fiscal agent
  • EAI grantees from immediate past granting cycle (Fall application cycle 2017)
  • Applicants with annual operating budgets of more than $3 million
  • Applicants that do not submit a policy statement of diversity and inclusion (this is for applicants invited to final application phase only)
  • School-based or governmental organizations (different than use of site for access to free community arts programming)
  • General fund operations or office equipment
  • Earned income, in-kind donations or general funds from operations or do not qualify for matching funds program


Applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) through the EAI’s online application process.  On the basis of the LOI, the EAI will determine which applicants will be invited to continue with the application process.  LOI application must include IRS Determination Letter.

LOI must be submitted by Thursday, May 31, 2018 @ 11pm. Following the final application process, approved grantees will be notified by the end of
June 2018.

Approved LOI applicants will be notified by the end of June 2018.

Community Arts Programming Development of Artists and their Work Technical Support and Arts Advocacy