Arts, Culture, and Tourism Microgrant Information

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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

  1. Who Can Apply

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


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.


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.


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. 

Questions about the program can be submitted to