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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 26, 2014 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 26, 2015, not general operating expenses.
  4. Arts organizations that received cultural grants during 2013--2014 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 26, 2014 (this is not a postmark date). Download the following application materials:

For organizations who received Cultural Arts Grants in fiscal year 2012/2013, download these forms and submit by Friday, September 26, 2014:

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 submittal however appreciate your cognizance of budget constraints as we work to address a growing pool of grant applicants.

Cultural Arts Grants Awarded For 2013/14 Included

ExplorOcean $1,500
ExplorOcean Newport Beach has begun its fourth year of Sea Tales, a pre-school program designed to capture children’s love of the ocean as early as possible. Hosted on the first and third Wednesday of each month, in the Ocean Literacy Center, children ages 2-5 and their parents join staff for an ocean themed experience. With an emphasis on early childhood development and engaging children’s curiosity, Sea Tales uses a variety of hands-on activities including storytelling, arts and crafts and touch tank exploration introducing them to local creatures of the sea.

Baroque Music Festival $2,500
The mission of Baroque Music Festival of 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 noted musicians to take the audience on a journey through the developmental history of Baroque music from pre-1600 to 1714. This will be an aural journey contrasting modern, Renaissance and Baroque period instruments, sounds and styles.

South Coast Repertory Theater $2,000
South Coast Repertory Theater presents an annual series of Theater for Young Audiences (TYA). As the only professional youth-oriented theater company in Orange County, TYA’s main purpose is to introduce the vitality and magic of professional theater to all Orange County children, especially those in underserved areas. This year’s funding will support this series of professionally produced plays created especially for children. This year’s productions are Ivy & Bean, the Musical, James and the Giant Peach, and The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales.

Southland Opera $3,000
The goal of Southland Opera is to provide relevant and responsive programming to Southern California students, teachers and families. The year Southland Opera proposes to perform the music assemblies Adventures in Song and Story and/or Operetta! A World Tour in each of the six elementary schools in the city of Newport Beach.

Festival Ballet Theatre $2,000
Since its founding in 1988, Festival Ballet Theatre has become one of Southern California’s most vibrant and accomplished ballet companies, presenting works that epitomize the artistry of professional ballet. Festival Ballet Theatre (FBT) proposes to bring its “Ballet to Schools” program to two Newport Beach elementary schools. FBT dancers will perform a narrated, abbreviated version of the Nutcracker, tailored for children ages five to fourteen. The program coordinator and performers will then guide students through an interactive lesson on how pantomime, music and costumes tell a story and express emotions without words.

Newport Beach Film Festival $6,000
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 2013 Seminar Series and Special Screenings. This will be held starting the first weekend of the Festival at locations in Newport Beach and the surrounding area.

Seaside Musical Theatre $1,000
Seaside Musical Theatre introduces young people to the performing arts. Seaside Musical Theatre will provide Newport Beach community members, particularly children ages 7-17, with an opportunity to be part of a unique high quality theatrical experience. The first production will be It’s Broadway Baby!, a dynamic and fast paced Broadway Revue featuring approximately 35 cast members ages 7-17.

City Arts Commission $22,000
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 and at City Hall. The Arts Commission extends the range of arts programming by providing additional funding for the Concerts in the Parks series and the Shakespeare by the Sea held each summer.

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