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Mini Grants

The Commission for the Arts Mini Grant program is designed to support the many artists and artistic organizations in Livermore, to expand artistic opportunities and to encourage programs for the cultural enrichment of the City.

Because this program is funded with public dollars, the Mini Grant program can only support programs that take place within Livermore. The Commission for the Arts will accept applications for grants of up to $1,000 to support a variety of artistic endeavors within our community.

- Mini Grant Application Guidelines and Checklist 

- Mini Grant Application

- Mini Grant Application Evaluation Criteria

- Grantee Final Report

Application Process

1. To complete the application, download and complete all pages of the application form and all required attachments. (Use “N/A” if a section does not apply to you.) Provide information that is current as of the application deadline.

2. The Application Form must be signed by the organization’s executive director, managing director, president, board chair, or the applying artist. If you are an organization, you must submit a list of current officers and Board members with their term of office.

3. Applicants must not modify the format of the application form or exceed the maximum length of any section of the form, except where otherwise noted. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded to the Subcommittee for consideration. Staff will notify you if the application requires additional information.

4. There are two ways to submit the documentation:

     a. Email to arts@cityoflivermore.net. Indicate Mini Grant Application and your organization’s name in the subject line of the email. Email size is limited to 10MB. Divide into multiple files and email each separately if entire file is larger than 10MB; or

     b. Deliver (via hand or mail) to:
                              Community and Economic Development Department
                              Staff Liaison for the Commission for the Arts
                              1052 S. Livermore Avenue
                              Livermore, CA 94550 

The application packet must be received by 5:00 pm on the 1st of March, June, September, or December in order to be considered for funding that month.

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Review Process

Applications are first reviewed by Community and Economic Development Department staff for eligibility and completeness. Eligible applications are then provided to the Mini Grant Subcommittee. Relying on the information provided in each application and its attachments, the Subcommittee will measure the strengths of the applications and work with program staff to develop proposed grant awards. This process may include an interview at the discretion of the Mini Grant Subcommittee. All applications will be evaluated using the Evaluation Form. Funding proposals are submitted with recommendations to the full Commission for the Arts. The Commission for the Arts reviews and makes final approval on mini grants in March, June, September, and December.

If the Mini Grant Application is Approved

If your application is approved you will receive a letter and a contract for the Mini Grant funds. Return the signed contracts to the City as soon as possible to confirm your intent to receive funding. You will need to have a current City of Livermore Business License.  The fee is waived for organizations with 501(c)(3) status; simply write 'fee waived' on page 2 of the Business License Tax Application Form.  Return the signed contract and signed Business License Tax Application Form to the City as soon as possible.

Mini Grants are funded with public funds.  If your application is approved you will be required to submit the Grantee Final Report to arts@cityoflivermore.net or to City of Livermore, 1052 S Livermore Avenue, Livermore, CA 94550, Attn:  Community and Economic Development Department, Mini Grant Application.  The Grantee Final Report is due no later than 30 days after project completion.  Mini Grant funds will be distributed after receipt of the report. 

Note: If you are supported with City Public Art funds, the City must be acknowledged in any promotional materials related to the program, such as in publicity, advertising of the event or project, or in program-related materials. The acknowledgement should read: “Supported in part by a grant from the City of Livermore Commission for the Arts”.

If you have any questions regarding how to complete this
Application or the review process please contact City Staff
at (925) 960-4400 or email arts@cityoflivermore.net.