Organizational Grant Program applications are accepted annually. The 2018/19 OGP Application Timeline is below:

Process Dates
Guidelines, Application Available August 30, 2017
Workshops* Offered Several workshops will be offered from September – October 2017. Click on link for full schedule.
Application Deadlines October – November 2017 (Based on budget size)
Staff Review November 2017
Panel Review February – March 2018
Commission Review April – May 2018
Board of Supervisors Review July 2018
Notifications Sent via Email July 2018
Grant Period July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2020

*New applicants and applicants that did not receive funding the last time they applied to the Organizational Grant Program are required to attend an OGP workshop. No exceptions will be made.


The Arts Commission defines budget size as total operating revenue less in-kind for the most recently completed fiscal year. This number can be found on Page 1 of your OGP Funder Report accessible from the DataArts website. This number must correspond with the organization’s most recently submitted Federal Form 990. For organizations with budgets over $1M, this number must correspond with most recently completed audit. Budget size should not include any revenue dedicated to a cash reserve, endowment and/or capital project. See Required Financial Forms section of the 18/19 OGP Guidelines for more information.


Budget Categories

Budget categories and deadlines are as follows:

Budget Category Budget Size Deadline
OGP 1 Up to $199,999 Wednesday, November 1, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
OGP 2 $200,000 - $999,999 Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
OGP 3 $1,000,000 - $14,999,999 Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:00 p.m.
OGP 4 $15,000,000+ Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:00 p.m.


Project Categories

The Arts Commission allows OGP 1, 2 and 3 applicants to request support for any project category (Sustainability, Organizational Capacity, Artistic Capacity, Accessibility), rather than request support for specific types of projects based on their budget size. However, OGP 4 applicants are required to request funds for accessibility projects. 



Sustainability requests support existing artistic and/or administrative projects that help to sustain the mission and goals of arts organizations. Competitive applicants clearly define the organization's mission and goals, and articulate how the requested project will help to sustain them.

Sustainability Category Project Examples

  • Continued compensation and benefits for administrative or artistic staff.
  • Support for ongoing costs of production, supplies, equipment or rent.
  • Continuing support for marketing, governance or fund development or cultural equity and inculsion activities.
  • Continuation of artistic programming, including payments for artists or production staff.
  • Support for continuing information technology needs, such as computer upgrades, software and website improvements.


Organizational Capacity

Organizational Capacity projects request support for new projects that increase the organizational capacity and infrastructure of arts organizations. Competitive applicants have assessed the challenges facing their organization and determined a sustainable plan of action to address one or more of these challenges. Competitive projects will directly relate to increased organizational capacity.

Organizational Capacity Project Examples

  • Establishment of new administrative staff positions.
  • Significant information technology improvements, such as implementation of accounting, box office or fund development software.
  • Development and implementation of new plans or strategies, such as marketing and public relations strategies, cultural equity and inclusion, research, strategic planning or board development activities.
  • New development activities, such as the creation of an individual giving program.
  • Development of new earned income strategies, including the development of revenue through concessions or rental activities.


Artistic Capacity

Artistic Capacity projects request support for new projects that increase the artistic capacity of arts organizations. Competitive applicants have assessed the artistic needs of their organization and determined a sustainable plan of action for achieving the organization's aesthetic aspirations.

Artistic Capacity Project Examples

  • Additional salaries, benefits or fees for artistic positions.
  • Commissioning new work(s).
  • Increased rehearsal time for performing artists.
  • Exhibition costs.
  • New or additional artistic training opportunities for teaching artists.
  • New or increased employment for one or more positions that impacts the artistic product, i.e. technical director, lighting or costume manager.



Accessibility requests support existing or new projects that provide public access to arts activities and programs. This category enables organizations to make productions, exhibitions, workshops, performances, residencies or other arts activities easily accessible to the public.

Accessibility Project Examples

  • Audience development targeted for a specific segment of the population, including those that represent communities of color, low-income communities, LGBTQ and disabled communities and other communities experiencing barriers to participation in the arts.
  • Cultural equity and inclsion and/or other activities that broaden, deepen, or diversify arts participation.
  • Activities that broaden, deepen or diversify arts participation.
  • Arts education activities and programs for youth aged 5-18, including in-school, after school or summer programs. Please note that arts education projects will be reviewed by an arts education panel.


Click here to review the OGP Application Guidelines to get started. 

More Information

Please contact Grants staff at or 213-202-5858.