Grant Guidelines & Grant Applications

LA PLAZA Eastside Arts Initiative
Artist Relief Fund

LA Plaza de Cultural Y Artes (LA Plaza) Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) is continuing its ARTIST RELIEF FUND.  The $100,000 fund offers grants to support individual artists serving or residing in Eastern Los Angeles County who have been impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Grants will be prioritized based on need and eligibility.  [See eligibility.]

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  May 30, 2021, extended to 11:45PM.  Grants will be awarded by June 30, 2021

For questions regarding the requirements or technical support with application, please contact arts@eastsideartsinitiative.org    

GRANT FUNDING

The LA Plaza EAI Artist Relief Fund allows individual artists to apply under one of two grant categories:

I. ARTIST EMERGENCY RELIEF GRANT

  • $1,000 unrestricted one-time grant for financial emergencies due to the pandemic

To be eligible to apply for the Artist EMERGENCY RELIEF Grant, applicant must meet the requirements listed below:

  • Artist has not previously received an EAI Covid-19 artist relief grant
  • Artist serves or resides in a Greater Eastern LA County community including Pomona Valley, San Gabriel Valley or the Southeast communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park
  • Artist is facing financial emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Artist has sustained creative work during the past two years
  • Artist will submit a resume summarizing work history in the arts during the past two years
  • Artist will provide W9 if approved for grant funding
  • Artist is 18 years of age or older

 ELIGIBLE ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES

  • Creative Crafts – Contemporary or Cultural/Folk Art
  • Dance
  • Film, Photography and Media Arts (not commercial printers, marketing/advertising)
  • Literary Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Other artistic occupations (i.e., recording engineer, production assistance,
    set design, costume design, make-up artists, etc.)

OPTIONAL: “SHOW YOUR CREATIVITY” VIDEO

Applicants are also invited to submit a “Show Your Creativity” video sharing their work during the COVID19 pandemic. This provides an opportunity to document and showcase how local artists are keeping their artistic spirit alive during the pandemic. 

Selected videos will be featured on “En Casa Con LA Plaza”, LA Plaza’s virtual programming sessions.  Video is strictly optional and submission is NOT required to apply for a relief grant.  However, videos are helpful in showcasing artists’ creative work to EAI grants review committee.   

GUIDELINES FOR OPTIONAL “SHOW YOUR CREATIVITY” VIDEO

  • If submitting a video for consideration to be featured on En Casa Con LA Plaza virtual programming, it must be included with the grant application.
  • Begin with a narrative / Share your experience / Show your creativity!
  • Demonstrate artistic practice and creative work during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Film in 1080p or higher with three-minute maximum (may use Smart Phone for filming).
  • Content must be from a period within March 15, 2020 up to grant application deadline
  • Video must have full rights and clearances for promotion, including all music; and may not be from commissioned or commercial use.
  • If video is submitted in foreign language, must include English-language subtitles.
  • Applicant agrees that the video furnished to LA Plaza EAI may be retained for file, reference and archival purposes, and will be viewed partially or in its entirety for judging purposes.
  • If video is selected for showcasing on “En Casa Con La Plaza” virtual sessions, applicant must sign release agreement with LA Plaza.

Artist Emergency Relief Grant Application


II. ARTIST CREATIVE PROJECT RELIEF GRANT

  • Up to $5,000 unrestricted one-time grant for support to complete creative projects halted during the pandemic due to financial restraints.

To be eligible to apply for the Artist CREATIVE PROJECT RELIEF Grant, applicant and applicant’s project must meet the requirements listed below:

  • Artist will apply through an arts non-profit organization as the fiscal agent.
  • Artist will provide letter from fiscal agent signed by organization’s executive director confirming responsibility for applicant’s grant.
  • Artist is close to completing artistic project, and with the help of this grant, will complete project.
  • Artist can demonstrate that artistic project was halted due to financial hardship due to the pandemic.
  • Artist can demonstrate what efforts were made in making progress with artistic project.
  • Artist serves or resides in a Greater Eastern LA County community including Pomona Valley, San Gabriel Valley or the Southeast communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park.
  • Artist is facing financial emergency due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Artist has sustained creative work during the past two years.
  • Artist will submit a resume summarizing work history in the arts during the past two years.
  • Artist will provide W9 if approved for grant funding.
  • Artist is 18 years of age or older.

ELIGIBLE ARTISTIC DISCIPLINES

  • Creative Crafts – Contemporary or Cultural/Folk Art
  • Dance
  • Film, Photography and Media Arts (not commercial printers, marketing/advertising)
  • Literary Arts
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Other artistic occupations (i.e., recording engineer, production assistance,
    set design, costume design, make-up artists, etc.).

OPTIONAL: “SHOW YOUR CREATIVITY” VIDEO

Applicants are also invited to submit a “Show Your Creativity” video sharing their work during the COVID19 pandemic. This provides an opportunity to document and showcase how local artists are keeping their artistic spirit alive during the pandemic. 

Selected videos will be featured on “En Casa Con LA Plaza”, LA Plaza’s virtual programming sessions.Video is strictly optional and submission is NOT required to apply for a relief grant.  However, videos are helpful in showcasing artists’ creative work to EAI grants review committee.

GUIDELINES FOR OPTIONAL “SHOW YOUR CREATIVITY” VIDEO

  • If submitting a video for consideration to be featured on En Casa Con LA Plaza virtual programming, it must be included with the grant application.
  • Begin with a narrative / Share your experience / Show your creativity!
  • Demonstrate artistic practice and creative work during the COVID19 pandemic.
  • Film in 1080p or higher with three-minute maximum (may use Smart Phone for filming).
  • Content must be from a period within March 15, 2020 up to grant application deadline
  • Video must have full rights and clearances for promotion, including all music; and may not be from commissioned or commercial use.
  • If video is submitted in foreign language, must include English-language subtitles.
  • Applicant agrees that the video furnished to LA Plaza EAI may be retained for file, reference and archival purposes, and will be viewed partially or in its entirety for judging purposes.
  • If video is selected for showcasing on “En Casa Con La Plaza” virtual sessions, applicant must sign release agreement with LA Plaza.