The San Benito County Arts Council invites local artists, art groups, art and cultural organizations to apply to their 2022 Arts Express Grant Program for general operations and project-based funding for art programs, projects and activities that will take place in San Benito County between August 1, 2022- June 30, 2023.
Download the 2022 Grant Application Guidelines.
The goal of the San Benito County Arts Council’s Arts Express Grant Program is to promote artistic and cultural engagement, accessibility, equity and diversity San Benito County. Arts Express provides funding support to local artists, art groups and art and cultural organizations through general operations and project-based grants.
In November 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced American Rescue Plan (ARP) grants totaling $20,200,000 to 66 local arts agencies for subgranting to help the arts and cultural sector recover from the pandemic. Local arts agencies will use this funding to distribute grants in their communities to eligible recipients to save jobs and to fund operations and facilities, health and safety supplies, and marketing and promotional efforts to encourage attendance and participation.
The San Benito County Arts Council was one of 66 local arts agencies nationwide and one of 7 in the state of California to be awarded NEA funds to subgrant locally. This funding will be used to allocate grants up to $10,000 to support local arts organizations, to rebuild creative communities, to hire, retain, and increase compensation to artists and staff, and to cover basic facility rent and operating costs, with priority given to organizations led by and serving communities of color. NEA Subgranting funds will also be allocated to individual artists for project-based support with grants up to $2,500.
An additional source of regranting funds will be used to support all other arts-based projects in San Benito County, including projects undertaken by cultural groups, arts-based businesses and other nonprofits. Applicants in these categories must fully describe their arts-based project (i.e. funds may not be used for general operations) and may apply for up to $2,500.
Finally, an additional category of Teacher Grants, with requests up to $500, may be used for class field trips to museums, performances and other cultural venues, for art supplies, curriculum, guest artists and other allowable expenditures.
To learn more about the Arts Express Grant Program and how to apply, please join the Arts Council for a Virtual Grant Workshop on Monday May 16th at 4 pm & on Thursday, June 9th at 11 am. Interested attendees must pre-register for the workshop at on our Eventbrite page.
Apply as an Arts-based Nonprofit
Apply as an Individual Artist
All applications must be submitted at the links above by 5:00 pm, Friday, June 17, 2022.
For more information, please contact the Arts Council at 831.636.2787 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.