The LA Plaza de Cultural y Artes (LA Plaza) Eastside Arts Initiative (EAI) Grant Program offers grants from $2,500 to $25,000 to artists and arts organizations for visual and performing arts programs in Eastern Los Angeles County.  Grant proposals will be accepted through 5PM, March 31, 2022.  Applicants approved for an EAI grant will be formally notified by email and phone before May 3, 2022.  Applicants not approved, will be notified by email before May 10, 2022.

There will be no exceptions to the deadline. To adequately prepare for the required information and documents, it is important to understand the guidelines and grant application thoroughly.  For questions or technical support, do not contact the EAI by phone or leave a phone message.  Contact the EAI by email only, as far in advance of the deadline as possible at:  Include applicant’s name and phone number.  If clarification is needed, applicant will be contacted by phone.

NOTE:  Applicants should maintain a copy of grant proposal in the unlikely event it is lost due to a technical glitch.  Applicants should also test and ensure that documents to be uploaded are accessible and open with no difficulties or required passwords.  


Applicants (and applicants’ prospective Fiscal Agents) are encouraged to attend a virtual Q&A Workshop (by Zoom) regarding the EAI’s funding priorities and grant application process February 10, 17, 28 at 6:30pm.  Please RSVP with preferred date  to:   


  • INDIVIDUAL ARTIST: $2,500 to $10,000 [fiscal agent required]
  • ARTS ORGANIZATION: $10,000 to $25,000 [must be a 501C3 and may not apply through fiscal agent]


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 work.  And, serves as a catalyst, collaboration-builder and resource for furthering the arts in Eastern LA County.  EAI grant awards are based on a competitive process and on the merits of the proposal per the following funding and scoring priorities:


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


  • Grant proposals are not accepted from schools or government entities
  • Artists and Arts organizations may submit proposals for after-school community arts programming in collaboration with schools or government entities
  • Grant funds must be utilized directly as proposed within one year of grant award or must be refunded to the LA Plaza EAI by the end of May 2023
  • Artists must be 18 years of age or older, and may only apply with a fiscal agent that is an established 501c3 non-profit arts organization that is able to 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 minimum two years of artistic work history/accomplishments
  • Arts organizations may apply if an established 501c3 non-profit and able to provide: IRS determination letter, IRS 990 and annual budget
  • Applicants must 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/Gateway communities of: Bell, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, Huntington Park, Maywood, Pico Rivera, South Gate, Vernon, Walnut Park unincorporated
  • Public art projects must be permanent installations and include programming component – temporary 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 closing reports to the EAI are due two months following conclusion of program
  • Proposals will not be accepted from applicants who have previously received an EAI grant that has not been closed and/or grant closing report has not been submitted to the EAI [this does not apply to grant recipients who have received emergency relief funds from the EAI]
  • Proposals must be thoroughly complete with all required information and documents – all attachments must be titled with: applicant name, date, page number/s

ELIGIBLE 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
  • Arts Trades: (i.e., recording engineer, production assistance, set design, costume design, make-up artists, etc.)

Applicant must include visual example of program by video [OR] image/rendering in grant proposal, and must be current [do not include both]

By Image:

  • See proposal application for upload link and acceptable formats

By Video:

  • Maximum three minutes or less (more than three 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 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

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 to LA Plaza EAI 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