A total of $150,000 will be awarded for visual and performing arts programming in Eastern Los Angeles County. All applicants will be notified of results by mid-November 2022. Grant proposals are accepted July 29 to October 6, 2022, 6PM.

There will be no exceptions to the deadline, including missing documents or technical glitches. To adequately prepare your grant proposal, please:

  • Review the grant guidelines and application thoroughly before beginning the application process.
  • Test and ensure that your documents to be uploaded for application are easily accessible with no technical difficulties or required passwords.
  • Keep a copy of your grant proposal in the unlikely event it is lost due to a technical malfunction.
  • Contact the Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) by email only, as far in advance of the deadline as possible with questions or for technical support. Include full name, phone number and name of organization (if applicable).
  • Do not call or leave phone message.
  • Contact the EAI at:


  • INDIVIDUAL ARTIST: May apply for a grant from $2,500 to $10,000. Must apply with a fiscal agent.
  • ARTS ORGANIZATION: May apply for a grant between $10,000 to $25,000. Must be a 501C3 and may not apply with a fiscal agent.


Applicants are encouraged to attend a virtual meeting for questions and answers (Q&A’s) about the EAI’s funding priorities, grant guidelines and application process. Please register for the preferred date.

Register here for: AUG 25, 6:30PM


The EAI serves as a catalyst, resource, and collaboration-builder for furthering the arts in Eastern LA County. The EAI plays an integral role in the development of the Eastern LA County arts community by providing grant funding for arts programming that makes a long-lasting impact, while supporting local artists and arts organizations develop innovative creative work.

Grants are awarded through a competitive process and based on the merits of the proposal per these funding and scoring priorities:

  • Significance: Program is beneficial, provides long-lasting value and fills a need in the area proposed to serve
  • Distinction/Innovation: Program concept and approaches are creative and innovative offering participants and/or audiences unique experiences
  • Approach: Implementation and outreach plans are well-thought-out, and applicant is well prepared to execute program purpose and goals
  • Suitability: Budget and goals are adequate for successful expected outcomes and for establishing program sustainability
  • EAI Partner: Program helps the EAI further the arts in Eastern Los Angeles County, builds collaborations and opens pathways to opportunities in the visual and performing arts for program participants and/or community served


  • Applicant must be an artist or arts organization serving in Eastern LA County: Westlake/Rampart, Downtown L.A., to East L.A., Northeast L.A., Pomona Valley, San Gabriel Valley, and the Southeast/Gateway communities of: Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, Pico Rivera, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park unincorporated.
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older and may apply only with a fiscal agent that is an established 501c3 non-profit arts organization that can provide: IRS determination letter, IRS 990 and annual budget (see “fiscal agent responsibilities” section below for further requirements).
  • Artists must have sustainable creative work and submit resume summarizing a minimum of two years of artistic work history and accomplishments.
  • Arts organization may apply if an established 501c3 non-profit and able to provide: IRS determination letter, IRS 990, and annual budget.
  • Public art projects must be permanent installations and include programming component (non-permanent public art projects are not accepted).
  • If proposal is for a Public Art Project, applicant must provide letter signed by site property owner and permit from municipality (if applicable) confirming approval of project specifications and site location.
  • Grant proposals are not accepted from schools or government entities.
  • Applicant may submit proposals for after-school community arts programming at schools or government-owned sites.
  • Proposals must be thoroughly complete with all required information and documents – all attachments must be titled and include applicant name, date, page number/s.
  • Proposals are not accepted from prior EAI grant recipients who have not submitted closing report from previous grant award (this does not apply to EAI emergency grant recipients).
  • Grant must be utilized directly as proposed, and within one year of award or funds must be refunded.
  • Grant closing reports to the EAI are due two months following conclusion of program.


  • Creative Crafts: Contemporary or Cultural/Folk Art
  • Dance
  • Film
  • Literary Arts
  • Digital and Media Arts
  • Graphic Arts
  • Music
  • Photography
  • Technical Arts
  • Theatre
  • Visual Arts
  • Arts Trades: (i.e., recording engineer, production assistance, set design, costume design, make-up artists, etc.)
  • Commercial printing, advertising, marketing does NOT qualify


Grant proposal must include a visual example of proposed program and include an image OR video as part of proposal. Do not include both.

  1. By Image:
    • See proposal application for upload link and acceptable formats such as photos, renderings or other.
    • Applicant agrees that the image furnished may be retained for file, reference and archival purposes, and will be viewed partially or in its entirety during review of the grant application.
  2. By Video:
    • Maximum two minutes or less (more than two minutes will be disqualified).
    • Film in 1080p or higher (may use Smart Phone).
    • Video must have full rights and clearances for promotion, including all music; and may not be from commissioned for commercial use.
    • If video is submitted in foreign language, must include English-language subtitles.
    • Applicant agrees that the video furnished may be retained for file, reference, and archival purposes, and will be viewed partially or in its entirety during review of the grant application.
    • See grant application for URL instructions.

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE FISCAL AGENT(for artist applicants only):

  • Established more than seven years as a 501C3 non-profit arts organization.
  • Receives and is responsible for the grant funds on behalf of grant recipient.
  • Reviews grant proposal to understand the program deliverables and fiscal obligations before applicant submits proposal to the EAI.
  • Provides a letter signed by both the Executive Director and Board President to be included in grant application confirming the organization agrees to take on the responsibilities of the Fiscal Agent, including the grant closing report to be submitted along with artist if grant is approved.
  • Legally, the Fiscal Agent is required to: maintain its own records of the grant expenditures/disbursements; keep receipts for at least three years following receipt of the grant; make financial records related to the grant available upon request; distribute funds directly to the grant recipient in accordance with the grant proposal and on disbursement schedule upon mutual agreement between grant recipient and Fiscal Agent; and is responsible for required tax forms with grant recipient.

Artist Grant Application

Arts Organization Grant Application