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Santa Monica Cultural Affairs has a new website. This is an outdated page. As of spring 2019 all grant information may be found here:

Organizational Support Program (OSP)

OSP grant applications will be available February 13th, 2019 for the 2019-2021 (two-year) grant period. The application process is entirely online via the GO Smart system at The deadline for submission will be Monday, March 25, 2019. Decisions will be announced late in June 2019. Click on the following links to download the OSP Guidelines. 

Organizational Support Program 2019-21 Guidelines

 Informational Sessions:

  • 7:00 pm Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

  • 11:00 am Saturday, March 9th, 2019

Each applicant organization is required to have a representative attend one of the two informational sessions before submitting an application. Both sessions will be held at the Ken Edwards Center. The Ken Edwards Center is located at 1527 4th Street, between Colorado and Broadway in downtown Santa Monica. Free parking is available for 90 minutes under the building. You may reserve a seat by emailing Reservations are encouraged but not required.

The Organizational Support Program was created by the City of Santa Monica to provide sustained investment, nourishment and stimulation to the city’s cornerstone cultural institutions ­– the anchors of its cultural infrastructure – with the goal of insuring that Santa Monicans have access to excellence in art, creativity, culture and innovation. The program implements these objectives by offering unrestricted grant support to arts and culture organizations annually, on a multi-year basis. Organizational Support Program grantees are expected to:

  • Increase world-class artistic production and exhibition in Santa Monica      
  • Deliver opportunities for creativity, artistic participation and the understanding of cultural heritage to diverse components of the community      
  • Promote high standards of organizational management 
  • Highlight the city as an international creative center      
  • Open avenues of discourse to broad topics of human creativity and learning among the general public     

Resident organizations are defined as those whose primary administrative office and primary location of programming (more than 50% of organizational programs) are within Santa Monica city limits.

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“Pursuing Green Office Certification”

To assist in the efforts of creating a sustainable city, Cultural Affairs not only recognizes the importance of incorporating the City’s sustainable design in its projects, but also values its role in creating a healthy work environment for staff that supports the City’s sustainability policies and models sustainable best practices for the office place.

Cultural Affairs is continuously working towards implementing sustainable practices that will provide staff with a greener and healthier workplace. We have implemented simple practices such as purchasing supplies that will have less impact on the environment, using less-toxic cleaning products, reducing waste, practicing water efficiency, and promoting green commuting by ride-sharing, walking and providing staff with a Bike@Work bicycle.

 Cultural Affairs' Green Office Certification is modeled after the Santa Monica Green Business Certification Program, a free program that provides sustainability consultation services to businesses that operate in Santa Monica.