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Community Assistance Grants

The City of Laguna Beach makes Community Assistance Grants available to non-profit organizations that provide special services to residents of Laguna Beach. The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects or expanded services within the community. Grant awards are decided by the City Council. 

The City of Laguna Beach awarded $283,450 in Community Assistance Grants for the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year. Click here for a full list of all 2017-2018 Community Assistance Grant Awards. 

How to Apply

The application process for FY 2018-2019 opened January 8, 2018.  The deadline for applications is Thursday, March 29, 2018.

In May 2018, the City Council will designate two Councilmembers to form a subcommittee to review the applications.  The full City Council will then review the subcommittee's requests as part of its Fiscal Year 2018-2019 budget hearings. Grant recommendations will be finalized in June 2018, and the funds will be dispersed in July 2018.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically.  To begin the application process, click here.

In evaluating applications, consideration will be given to the following:

  1. Local non-profit organizations with functioning programs.
  2. Projects and services which provide the greatest benefit in meeting the needs of Laguna Beach residents.
  3. New and/or expanded services not currently being provided to Laguna Beach residents.

If you have any questions regarding the grant process, please contact Mariann Tracy, Administrative Assistant at (949) 497-0779.

Cultural Arts Funding

Cultural arts organizations may also apply for a Cultural Arts Funding Grant for art events occurring within the City of Laguna Beach. This program is separate from the Community Assistance Grant program. Click here for more information, or contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager, at (949) 497-0727. The application process for Cultural Arts Funding Grants for 2018 has closed. Cultural Arts Funding applications for 2019 will be available in December 2019.