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Organizational Support Program (OSP) grants

OSP applications are now available for the 2015-2019 grant period. The deadline for submission is March 23rd, 2015. Decisions will be announced late in June 2015. Click on the following links to download the OSP Guidelines and Application. 

Organizational Support Program 2015-19 Guidelines

Organizational Support Program 2015-19 Application

Each applicant organization is required to have a representative attend one of the two technical assistance information sessions listed below before submitting an application. Sessions will be held at the Ken Edwards Center on:

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 2:30 pm

The Ken Edwards Center is located at 1527 4th Street, between Colorado and Broadway in downtown Santa Monica. Free parking is available under the building. You may reserve a seat by emailing nathan.birnbaum@smgov.net but reservations are 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%) 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.