Cultural Arts Grants

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2018-19 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 28, 2018 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 27, 2019, not general operating expenses.
  4. Arts organizations that received cultural grants during 2017/2018 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 2017/2018, download these forms and submit by deadline (to be announced). 

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

Arts and Cultural Services Division 
Newport Beach Public Library 
1000 Avocado Ave 
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Attn: Cultural Arts Grants 


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 2017/18

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 2017/18 Cultural Arts Grants are as follows: 

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.

Chuck Jones Center for Creativity $1,000

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity is a gymnasium for the brain that fosters creative thinking by encouraging people to exercise their own unique creative genius through experiencing visual arts across diverse disciplines. Their goal is to teach creative thinking applicable to all aspects of life for people from their early childhood to their golden years. The grant funding will go toward providing exceptional cognitive exercise (including reminiscence therapy) for the four different brain functions (memory, executive function, visual function and language) and at the three levels of impairment from mild to severe.

Newport Beach Film Festival $7,500

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 2017 Seminar Series.

Orange County Museum of Art $5,000

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.