Project and Program Grants

Project and Program Grants

The Commission for the Arts Project and Program Grants are 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 Project and Program Grants can only support programs that take place within Livermore. Project and Program Grant amounts are limited to no more than $10,000.

- Project and Program Grant Application

- Evaluation Criteria

Application Process

1) Beginning September 2016, applications are due on March 1 and September 1 each year. Completed grant applications must be delivered (in person or by commercial service such as FedEx, UPS, etc.) to the Community and Economic Development Department c/o Commission for the Arts by 5:00 p.m. on March 1 and September 1, or sent First Class or Priority Mail by the US Postal Service to be received at the City no later than March 1 and September 1 by 5:00 p.m.

2) To complete the application, download and complete all pages of the form. (Use ‘N/A’ if a section does not apply to you.) Send or deliver applications to:
                                       City of Livermore
                                       Community Development Department
                                       Staff Liaison for the Commission for the Arts
                                       1052 S. Livermore Avenue
                                       Livermore, CA 94550

3) Use the Application Checklist in the application packet to ensure all requirements have been met. Incomplete or modified applications will not be accepted.

Review Process

At the February and August meetings of the Commission for the Arts, a Project and Program Grants Subcommittee will be appointed to review the applications. Eligible applications are first reviewed by the Community and Economic Development Department staff for eligibility and completeness. Eligible applications are then provided to the Subcommittee. Relying on the information provided in each application and its attachments, the Subcommittee will measure the strength of the applications and work with program staff to develop proposed grant awards. This process may include an interview at the discretion of the Project and Program Grants Subcommittee. All applications will be evaluated using the Evaluation Criteria. The Commission will review the Subcommittee’s funding recommendations at its March and September meetings. The Commission will make its final recommendations to the City Council in April and October.

If the Project and Program Grant Application is Approved

If your application is approved you will receive a letter and a contract for the Project and Program Grant funds. 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.

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