Download a PDF of the 2019-20 OGP Guidelines.

Download a PDF of the 2019-20 OGP Sample Application.

Download a PDF of the 2019-20 OGP Application Instructions.

Download a PDF of the 2019-20 OGP Application Workshop PowerPoint presentation.

Application Checklist

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). This number can be accessed by logging into the DataArts site, downloading your LA County Arts Commission OGP Funder Report, and locating the budget size in the header of page 1 at the top of the page. Please note: your most recent CDP must be completed before you are able to download this report. See STEP 2 for more information about DataArts and the CDP.

Once you have located the number, input this number in the budget box below and click "calculate." Your maximum grant request will automatically be calculated. That is your maximum allowable grant request for two years, so make sure to use that number to answer the "Request Amount" question on your application.

Please note: For the calculator to work, please remove commas, dollar signs, and periods.

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 Arts Commission 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 2018/19 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.

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The calculation formula was developed with a professional statistician.

Step 2: DataArts—Cultural Data Profile (CDP)

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

Time Required

Plan to spend 10 to 15 hours completing each CDP. The Arts Commission recommends completing the profile as soon as an organization decides to apply, because the Arts Commission cannot extend the application deadlines to allow for extra time to complete the CDP.

Minimum Data Profile Requirements

Applicants must submit three consecutive years of data. If filling out the CDP for the first time, please complete a CDP for each of your organization's three most recently completed fiscal years. Going forward, applicants will only need to provide one year of data. Please note: For organizations with only two full and consecutive years of producing and programming history, submitting a CDP for two recently completed fiscal years is acceptable.

Information on how to get started on your CDP can be found ind the DataArts Knowledgebase. You can also search the Knowledgebase to help you as you work—such as info about the new questions in the CDP, balance sheets, audits, etc. Applicants will also have access to online training and can receive support from the DataArts Support Center during regular business hours.

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Step 3: CEII Statement, Policy, or Plan

Beginning in 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 Board adopted cultural equity and inclusion statement, policy or plan. Minimum requirement is a statement + proof of board adoption.
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?

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.
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.
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 2019-20 application.
  2. In addition, a board resolution detailing the date when adopted must also be included.

Please Note: For this new requirement, panelists reviewing and scoring applications will not review the applicant’s statements, policies or plans. Arts Commission 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 Arts Commission 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: While applicants are highly encouraged to attend a CEII workshop, they are not required.

Step 4: Online Grant Application

The Arts Commission has transitioned to a new online grants management system for all applications, forms, and grants.

Applicants are required to submit applications, program documentation, and support materials via the Arts Commission’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.

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Please contact Grants staff at or (212) 202-5858.