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Community Assistance Grants

2020-2021 Grant Recipients

We anticipate the City Council will finalize grant recommendations for the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year in June 2020, and that the City will disperse funds in August 2020.

About the 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 $267,250 in Community Assistance Grants for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year. Click here for a full list of all 2019-2020 Community Assistance Grant Awards. 

How to Apply

The application process for FY 2021-2021 will open January 21, 2020.  The deadline to submit applications is Friday, April 3, 2020 at 4:30 p.m.

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 2020-2021 budget hearings. Grant recommendations will be finalized in June 2020, and the funds will be dispersed in August 2020.

Grant applications must be submitted electronically.  Applications will be available soon.

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 Becket Wilson at (949) 497-0779.

Cultural Arts Funding Grants

The Arts Commission is currently accepting applications for 2020 Business Improvement District grants for cultural arts programs in Laguna Beach.

In April 2001, the City of Laguna Beach adopted a resolution establishing a business improvement district to promote off-season cultural events and encourage overnight hotel occupancy. The funds made available through the Business Improvement District support projects that promote tourism and related tourist events. The City of Laguna Beach is committed to work with cultural arts organizations to ensure the development and success of a vibrant arts community. Applicants are encouraged to provide expanded programming that deepen and expand active experiences in the arts.

Applications must be made online at https://lagunabeachcity.slideroom.com by February 3, 2020, and applying organizations must provide proof of valid 501(c)(3) non-profit status.