Arts, Culture, and Tourism Microgrant Information
Microgrants will be issued in amounts between $500-$5000
Applications for the 2023 Arts, Culture, and Tourism Microgrant program will be open from February 15 through April 17
Who Can Apply:
- Individual Artists
- Arts-Oriented Groups
- Event Organizers
- Civic Groups (e.g. Rotary, Kiwanis, etc.)
- Non-profits (must demonstrate 501c3 status)
- Public and Private School Teachers and Programs
Who Cannot Apply:
- Current City staff
- Current members of City Council and Boards and Commissions, and their immediate family members
Project Specifications & Evaluation Criteria:
- Located within the City of South Lake Tahoe city limits
- Accessible to the public and all ages; ADA accessible
- Free to the public
- Demonstrates alignment with the ACT Commission’s Mission, Vision, & Values
- Demonstrates Artistic Merit
- Benefits the residents and/or visitors of South Lake Tahoe
- The project is feasible as determined by a clear budget, timeline, and plan for projects that are subject to permitting requirements (such as Publicly Visible Art Permit, Special Events Permit, etc.)
What the Microgrant will NOT fund:
- Travel expenses
- Debt reduction efforts
- Fundraising events/efforts
- Prizes and awards
- Receptions, parties, gallery openings
- Re-granting or donations to other entities or persons
- Projects/Programs that are not available to the public
- Expenses incurred before the date of award
- Political or religious programming
Follow these steps to apply:
1. Download the program guidelines: HERE
2. Download the Microgrant Application: HERE
3. Complete your microgrant application and submit it no later than April 17
Submit Your Application:
- By Email: Grantprogram@cityofslt.us
- In Person: Drop off to the Finance drop-box at the City Hall building
- By Mail: Send to the City of South Lake Tahoe City Hall. Attn: Arts, Culture, and Tourism Microgrant Program. 1901 Lisa Maloff Way, Suite 210 South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Questions about the program can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org
GRANT PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
The City of South Lake Tahoe is launching a pilot program to solicit applications for small grants for projects related to Arts, Culture, and Tourism. The Arts, Culture, and Tourism Microgrants Program may fund publicly accessible artistic projects within the City of South Lake Tahoe, including visual, performing, and literary arts, and cultural events. The microgrant is intended to be used as seed money or combined with a larger grant or other funding; it is not intended to fully fund projects, but rather to act as a catalyst by providing multiple, small grants to the South Lake Tahoe community by investing in local arts, culture, and tourism projects.
Up to $15,000 in grants will be awarded for the 2023 pilot year. Applications will be accepted from February 15 through April 15. Awards will be announced on or by Tuesday, May 9 and funds must be expended within one year from the date of the award. Microgrants will be issued in amounts between $500-$5000. The ACT Commission reserves the right to not issue funding or to partially fund projects.
Grants are intended to provide unique opportunities for arts and culture in our community and should not be a substitute for ongoing activities from individuals or organizations. If the project is an event, it should show either a unique, one-of-a-kind nature or how a repeated event can sustain its own future funding.
Successful Applications must include:
Artistic Documentation/Example, to provide the commission with a clear idea of what the completed project will be. Visuals can be from a similar past project, sketches, or technical drawings of the upcoming project, video links, or work samples that relate to the project. Events must have a detailed description including the intended audience/attendees. Note: Only one file may be provided. The file can include multiple images, text, and links to videos.
Artistic Statement, explaining the project.
Curriculum Vitae demonstrating qualifications of applicant/applicant group’s lead to complete the project.
Budget information must include funding resources and what the microgrant award will be used toward within the full project budget.
Alignment with the ACT Commission Vision, Mission, and Values are clearly articulated.
ACCEPTED ART FORMS
Cultural arts may include but are not limited to: performance arts - theatre, dance, and music; literary arts - poetry reading and storytelling; film and video; screenings and installations; education; art lectures and presentations; special events; and festivals and celebrations. Physical artwork includes but is not limited to, sculpture, painting, mosaics, photography, crafts, murals, mixed media, and electronic arts. Eligible artwork may be permanent, fixed, temporary, or portable.
OTHER REQUIREMENTS & GUIDELINES
Project Review Process: All submissions will be reviewed by the Arts, Culture, and Tourism Commission. Project Submissions may be given to applicable City staff who must pass an initial feasibility review before they will receive full consideration. Applicants may be invited to provide further details at any point in the process.