County Offers Disaster Relief Funding for the Arts
Source: County of Santa Barbara
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is announcing a new Disaster Relief Grant Program, disbursing more than $30,000 to support artists and small arts and cultural organizations impacted by the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow. The application is available online at sbac.ca.gov/county-grants. Submissions are due no later than March 15, 2019.
The Disaster Relief grants are stewarded by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture was awarded the funding by the California Arts Council in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts as part of a statewide initiative. The grant is intended to help artists and organization recoup lost income or damaged materials.
The funding is designated for individual artists and cultural organizations based in Santa Barbara, Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria. To be eligible, organizations must be not-for-profit with an annual operating budget under $500,000. The application is designed to be brief and accessible, and recipients will be notified in May of 2019.
The County Office of Arts and Culture will host information sessions at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 in the County’s Planning Commission Hearing Room, 123 E Anapamu St., Santa Barbara 93101, and at noon, Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Carpinteria Arts Center, 855 Linden Ave., Carpinteria 93013.
“We recognize the immense economic impact of the disasters and hope this funding can be another way that the County supports our arts and culture community during the recovery process,” said County First District Supervisor Das Williams.
About the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission:
Formed in 1977, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is a 15-member body appointed by the Board of Supervisors to act as coordinator and catalyst, bringing government, artists, and the public together for the cultural benefit of all. The Arts Commission has several important functions, including making recommendations for the Percent for the Arts program; serving on grant panels for the Arts Making Impact grant awards, and helping to generate cultural arts policy for county constituents.
About The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture:
As the State Local Partner of the California Arts Council, the SBCOAC serves as the regional governmental umbrella for arts and culture projects and programs within Santa Barbara County. A division of the County’s Community Services Department, the office represents a longstanding partnership between the County of Santa Barbara and the City of Santa Barbara. For more than 30 years, both governments have shared resources and staff to maximize support for Santa Barbara arts and culture institutions, programs, initiatives, and projects. For more information, visit www.sbac.ca.gov.