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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 $238,700 in Community Assistance Grants for the 2016-2017 Fiscal Year. Click here for a full list of all 2016-2017 Community Assistance Grant Awards. 

How to Apply

The application process opens every January and the deadline for the submittal of applications is the last Friday in February. The City Council designates two Councilmembers in May to form a subcommittee to review the applications.  The City Council will review the requests as part of its Fiscal Year 2017-2018 budget hearings and grant recommendations will be finalized in June 2017. Funds are then dispersed in July 2017.

This year, the grant applications will 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/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 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. You can visit the following website for more information: https://lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com or you may contact Sian Poeschl, Cultural Arts Manager, at (949) 497-0727. The application process for Cultural Arts Funding Grants ends February 1, 2016.