Cultural Arts Grants

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2017-18 Cultural Arts Grant Application 

Each year, the City of Newport Beach distributes funds to arts organizations, enabling them to expand arts programs offered to the local community. To apply, arts organizations are required to meet the following criteria and submit a Cultural Arts Grant Application by the September 29, 2017 deadline:

  1. Only arts organizations are eligible; we do not award grants to individual artists.
  2. Arts organizations must propose projects/programs for funding that directly benefit children and adults living in Newport Beach, and schools only within the City’s geographic boundaries. Collaborative events, such as public performances or programs implemented in conjunction with the City of Newport Beach are also eligible for grants.
  3. The Arts Commission funds only arts projects/programs which will be presented before September 28, 2018, not general operating expenses.
  4. Arts organizations that received cultural grants during 2016/2017 will not be considered unless they have completed and returned their Cultural Arts Grant Completion Report, even if they have not completed some of the components of the project/program by the grant application due date.
  5. All applications must be typed or word-processed and complete with requested attachments. You may reformat on the computer as long as the font and pagination appears the same.

To be considered for a Cultural Arts Grant, the application must be completed according to the instructions and received at the Library’s Administrative Office by the September deadline.

For organizations who received Cultural Arts Grants in fiscal year 2016/2017, download these forms and submit by deadline (to be announced). 

The address to email, mail or hand deliver applications is: 

Tim Hetherton, Library Services Director 
Arts and Cultural Services Division 
Newport Beach Public Library 
1000 Avocado Ave 
Newport Beach, CA 92660 

The Newport Beach Arts Commission strives to satisfy as many grant requests as possible. We encourage your submission, however appreciate your cognizance of budget constraints as we work to address a growing pool of grant applicants.


Cultural Arts Grants Awarded for 2016/17

Each year, the City of Newport Beach distributes funds to arts organizations, enabling them to expand arts programs offered to the local community. The City Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2016/17 Cultural Arts Grants are as follows: 

Backhausdance $4,000 
Backhausdance is a professional, contemporary dance company based in Orange County. The company's mission is to create excellent art while exposing and educating communities about the engaging world of concert dance. Backhausdance will create and implement a modular contemporary dance and choreography program to provide hands-on dance making classes to various segments of the Newport Beach community culminating in a performance by the Backhausdance company. 

Balboa Island Improvement Association (BIIA) $1,000
The Balboa Island Improvement Association in conjunction with the Balboa Island Arts and Music Committee promotes cultural activities on Balboa Island by presenting a variety of art and live music events for residents and visitors.The grant will be used to produce world-class musical performances for the listening pleasure of the Balboa Island-Newport Beach residents and visitors.

Balboa Island Museum $1,500
The mission of the Balboa Island Museum is to preserve the heritage of the Island and Newport Beach and to provide a place where locals and visitors can gather and share Island memories and recollections of the Newport Beach community. The grant will fund four events in a lecture series to be held at the Newport Beach Public Library that will educate the public about significant local landmarks, events, and people and encourage greater appreciation for the history of Balboa Island and Newport Beach.

Baroque Music Festival $2,500
The mission of Baroque Music Festival, Corona del Mar is to present, for the local community, quality Baroque music performances at affordable prices in an intimate environment. Funding for this organization will be used to hire musicians for the finale concert and underwrite tickets for music students.

Festival Ballet Theatre $5,500
Since its founding in 1988, Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT) has become one of Southern California’s most vibrant and accomplished ballet companies, presenting works that epitomize the artistry of professional ballet. FBT will bring its "Ballet to Community" program to Newport Beach Public Library with the narrated, abbreviated performance of "The Nutcracker" in December and "Don Quixote" in March, tailored for children ranging in age from five to fourteen.

Newport Beach Film Festival $8,000
The Newport Beach Film Festival’s goal is to provide cultural enrichment, family entertainment, and education to the residents of Newport Beach and surrounding areas through the medium of cinema. With this funding, the Newport Beach Film Festival is planning a multi-program series, covering several days of the Festival similar to the 2016 Seminar Series.

Orange County Museum of Art $10,000
The mission of Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) is to enrich the lives of a diverse and changing community through modern and contemporary art. OCMA provides arts education for the community that both children and adults can enjoy and is the only modern and contemporary art museum in Newport Beach. This funding will go towards "Free Fridays" sponsored by Newport Beach City Arts Commission.

Pacific Symphony $4,500
 Pacific Symphony was founded in 1978 and is the largest American professional orchestra established in the last 50 years. Its mission is to inspire, engage and serve Orange County through exceptional music performances and education and community programming. The grant will help fund "Class Act" programs in Newport Beach elementary schools.

South Coast Repertory Theater $3,000
South Coast Repertory Theater (SCR) presents an annual series of Theater for Young Audiences (TYA). TYA’s main purpose is to introduce the vitality and magic of professional theater to all Orange County children. This funding will support this series of professionally produced plays created especially for children.