Cultural Arts Grants


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 30, 2016 deadline. 

To apply, arts organizations are required to meet the following criteria:

  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 30, 2017, not general operating expenses.
  4. Arts organizations that received cultural grants during 2015/2016 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 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016 (this is not a postmark date). Download the following application materials:

For organizations who received Cultural Arts Grants in fiscal year 2015/2016, download these forms and submit by Friday, September 30, 2016:

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 2015/16

Balboa Island Improvement Association (BIIA) $800

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.

Baroque Music Festival $1400
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 provide five professional quality concerts during the week of June 19, 2016. The concerts will feature Baroque-era music selections with the grant being specifically used to hire additional brass and woodwinds for Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 1 and the Purcell opera..

ExplorOcean  $1600
The mission of ExplorOcean is to inspire, educate, and engage the explorer within each child and develop critical 21st century skills through interactive experiences centered on the seven essential principles of ocean literacy, as formulated by a national assemblage of scientists, policy makers, and educators. Funding for this organization will be used to help provide ExplorOcean’s Maker Workshop, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) based program for the community, including local youth from ages 8 – 18. The program will provide participants with ocean-themed, guided activities and open-ended projects that foster problem-solving and creative thinking.

Festival Ballet Theatre $1500
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 brings its "Ballet to Schools" program to two Newport Beach elementary schools in December.  FBT dancers will perform a narrated, abbreviated version of the Nutcracker in December and Sleeping Beauty in March, tailored for children ranging in age from five to fourteen.

Newport Beach Film Festival $2750
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 2014 Seminar Series. The program will take place during the first weekend of the Festival scheduled to be held April 25 – 26, 2015, and will conclude on April 29, 2015, at a select location in Newport Beach and the surrounding area.

Newport Beach Public Library Foundation $800

Newport Mesa Unified School District $2400

Orange County Museum of Art $1000
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 help to provide additional programming on the second and fourth Thursday evenings when the museum is open to the public until 8:00pm. The request for this programming was received through community surveys to provide consistent Thursday programming.

South Coast Repertory Theater $650
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.

Southland Opera (dba Southland Sings) $800
The goal of Southland Opera is to continue to provide relevant and responsive programming to Southern California students, teachers and families beyond its 18-year history in which over 7,000 workshops and performances have been delivered to over one and a half million people. This funding will help Southland Opera provide six performances to over 1,000 Newport Beach citizens and students in grades K – 6 in which the audience interacts with the performers.

City Arts Commission $25000
The City of Newport Beach Arts Commission is dedicated to providing a range of free cultural programming that enriches the entire community, especially children and families. The Arts Commission sponsors multidisciplinary arts programs funded by the Cultural Arts Grant Program such as arts lectures, public art projects, and visual art exhibitions in Central Library as well as a series of Concerts on the Green and Shakespeare by the Sea events held each summer.