Grant Guidelines & Grant Applications

The new LA Plaza-EAI Grant Program offers grants from $2,500 to $50,000 to artists and arts organizations serving Eastern Los Angeles County in the visual and performing arts.  Applications will be accepted July 22 through September 15, 2021, 11pm.

Prior to beginning the application process, please read the guidelines closely, and review the entire application to help you better prepare for the required information and documents.     

NOTE:  This system automatically saves responses through the application submittal portal.  However, it is highly recommended that grant applicant maintain a copy of application in the event of any technical difficulties with the process.     

There will be no exceptions to the deadline.  For questions or technical support related to the grant application, please contact us as far in advance of the deadline as possible at:  arts@eastsideartsinitiative.org. 

GRANTS FOR PROGRAM OR PROJECT: 

  • Individual Artist:  $2,500 to $10,000 (fiscal agent required) 
  • Arts Organization:  $2,500 to $50,000  

ELIGIBILITY: 

To apply for an EAI grant, applicants must meet the requirements listed below: 

  • All applicants must be an arts organization or artist  
  • All applicants must reside or serve in the EAI service area communities in Greater Eastern LA County from Westlake/Rampart, Downtown Los Angeles to East Los Angeles, Northeast Los Angeles, Pomona Valley, San Gabriel Valley and the Southeast communities of Bell, Bell Gardens, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park unincorporated  
  • All applicants must provide sample of work related to proposed program or project  
  • Funds must be used directly for programming or project costs within one year of grant award, or returned to the EAI by November 1, 2022 
  • Arts Organization must be a 501c3 non-profit organization and is able to provide:  IRS determination letter, IRS 990 and annual budget 
  • Arts Organization must provide proposed program or project budget 
  • Artist must apply with 501c3 arts non-profit organization as fiscal agent  
  • Artist must provide letter from fiscal agent signed by organization’s executive director confirming responsibility for applicant’s grant 
  • Artist must provide fiscal agent’s:  IRS determination letter, IRS 990, annual budget, and proposed program or project budget 
  • Artist must provide proposed programming or project budget 
  • Artist must have sustained creative work for minimum of past two years 
  • Artist must submit resume summarizing artistic work history/accomplishments, including the past two years 
  • Artist must be 18 years of age or older 

ELIGIBLE VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DISCIPLINES (commercial printers, advertising/marketing do not qualify) 

  • Creative Crafts:  Contemporary or Cultural/Folk Art 
  • Dance 
  • Film 
  • Literary Arts 
  • Digital and Media Arts 
  • Graphic Arts 
  • Music 
  • Photography 
  • Technical Arts 
  • Theatre 
  • Visual Arts 
  • Other Art Trade:  (i.e., recording engineer, production assistance, set design, costume design, make-up artists, etc.) 

REQUIRED PROGRAM OR PROJECT EXAMPLE – ACCEPTED FORMATS  

IF SUBMITTING BY VIDEO:    

  • Three-minute maximum, not longer (no exceptions) 
  • 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 or commercial us 
    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 during review of the grant application 
    If video is selected for other LA Plaza-EAI programming purposes, applicant must sign release agreement 
    See grant application for URL instructions 

IF SUBMITTING IMAGE OR DOCUMENT:   

  • See grant application for upload link and acceptable formats 

Artist Grant Application