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There are various pieces to prepare before beginning your online application for the OGP program. Please read the Guidelines thoroughly to ensure compliance with deadlines and requirements.

Step 1: Calculate Your Request

Your maximum allowable grant request is a proportion of your annual budget size. In order to determine your maximum grant request, you must know what your annual budget size is according to the DataArts Cultural Data Profile (CDP).

The Funding Request Calculator


The Department of Arts and Culture, in collaboration with a statistician has created the OGP Funding Request Calculator. Using the calculator eliminates the possibility of an error in the request amount, and also eliminates penalties for growth while still allowing smaller organizations to request and receive a greater portion of their overall budget than larger organizations. The calculation is based on a sliding scale, and depends on budged size.

How to use the Calculator:

  1. The maximum grant request is determined by budget size, which is located on the upper left corner of page one of the LA County Department of Arts and Culture OGP Funder Report.
  2. input the budget size number without commas, dollar signs, and periods in the budget box and click calculate.
  3. The calculator will generate your organization's maximum grant request.
  4. Use the generated number to answer Total Amount Requested in the Budget and Project section of the grant application.

This calculation represents the maximum amount the applicant organization may request. Awards are calculated by multiplying this request by the application panel score, and then reducing all awards to fit within the total pool of available grant funds. The Department of Arts and Culture recommends that organizations request the maximum amount allowable based on budget size as no organization will receive their full request amount. As an example, in 2019/20 OGP awardees were awarded approximately 50% of their maximum allowable request multiplied by their score based on the available funding allocation.

Minimum and Maximum Requests


  • The Minimum request for all budgets under $17,500 is now $7,500.
  • The Maximum request for organizations over $40 million is $300,000.
  • All applicants will see their request amount increase as their budgets increase up to the maximum request of $300,000.

Step 2: SMU DataArts—Cultural Data Profile (CDP)

Potential applicants must complete their DataArts CDP for the past three years of programming in order to apply to OGP.

Step 3: CEII Statement, Policy, or Plan

As of Fall 2018, all applicants to the Organizational Grants Program are required to submit board-adopted statements, policies or plans that outline their commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access as part of their applications.

Statements, policies and plans should reflect organizational thinking about board, management, staff, volunteer and artist composition, as well as programming and audiences/participants.

New requirements are as follows:

Budget Category Budget Size Requirement
OGP 1 Up to $199,999 Board adopted cultural equity and inclusion statement, policy or plan. Minimum requirement is a statement + proof of board adoption.
OGP 2 $200,000 – $999,999 Minimum requirement is a board adopted statement + proof of board adoption. Board adopted policy encouraged.
OGP 3 $1,000,000 – $14,999,999 Board adopted cultural equity and inclusion policy and plan. Both required + proof of board adoption.
OGP 4 $15,000,000+ Board adopted cultural equity and inclusion policy and plan. Both required + proof of board adoption

 

Statement, Policy, Or Plan—What's The Difference?


Statement:
Brief explanation of why the organization is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion and access, and the alignment of that commitment to the overall mission of the organization.
Policy:
Outlines the organization’s broad vision for and commitment to diversity, equity inclusion and access, and the alignment of that commitment to the overall mission of the organization as defined in their statement, and further details what the organization does to realize that statement.
Plan:
Outlines how the organization will work toward complying fully with policy and evaluating progress on an annual basis.

OGP Applicants Are Now Required To:


  1. Upload a board adopted cultural equity and inclusion statement, policy and/or plan with the FY 2020-21 application.
  2. In addition, a board resolution detailing the date when adopted must also be included.

NOTE: For this requirement, panelists reviewing and scoring applications will not review the applicant’s statements, policies, or plans. Department of Arts and Culture grants staff will review to ensure that the documents have been submitted for compliance purposes as part of the staff audit of the application.

Cultural Equity And Inclusion (CEI) Workshops and Resources


The Department of Arts and Culture began offering free workshops for current OGP grantees to help prepare for this requirement in March of 2018. To see the schedule of workshops and review available online resources, visit: LACountyArts.org/OGPWorkshops. While applicants are highly encouraged to attend a CEII workshop, they are not required.

Step 4: Online Grant Application

Applicants are required to submit applications, program documentation, and support materials via the Department of Arts and Culture’s online grant system. We strongly recommend submitting your application at least 5 days prior to the deadline in order to give yourself ample time to troubleshoot and resolve any problems that you might encounter.

Resources


Resources

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2020-21 OGP Guidelines

Download a PDF of the 2020-21 OGP Guidelines.

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2020-21 OGP Sample Application

Download a PDF of the 2020-21 OGP Sample Application.

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2020-21 OGP Application Instructions

Download a PDF of the 2020-21 OGP Application Instructions.

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2020-21 OGP Application Workshop PowerPoint PDF

Download a PDF of the 2020-21 OGP Application Workshop PowerPoint presentation.

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FluidReview Information

Learn about the Arts and Culture application portal.

Cultural Data Profile

Data Arts

Info about how to create a Cultural Data Profile with SMU | Data Arts.

Want More Info?


Please contact Grants staff at grants@arts.lacounty.gov or (213) 202-5858.