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California LGBT Arts Alliance MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER
Volume 11 No. 6 – June 2014

The mission of The California LGBT Arts Alliance is to promote artistic and financial partnerships that strengthen and deepen the cooperative relationship among California’s LGBT non-profit arts organizations and individual artists.

Thank you for your participation.



One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival
Queer Cultural Center announces the 17th Annual National Queer Arts Festival!
Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay – de Young Museum June 2014
A Place in History for Gay, Transgender Americans
Obama issues proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month
The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Is Dedicated
The Transgender Tipping Point
The Last Bastion: A Conversation on Feminist and Queer Museum Politics – featuring Dr. Amelia Jones and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz



One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival
May 22 – June 30, 2014 (40 Days of Pride through the Arts)
City of West Hollywood: One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival

Each year, the City of West Hollywood celebrates Pride month through the artistic contributions of our community with the One City One Pride Arts Festival. For 2014, the One City One Pride Arts Festival will run from Harvey Milk Day (May 22) through the end of June.

2014’s festival theme: ‘I Do’

On June 26, 2013, the Supreme Court rendered decisions allowing for marriage equality in California and striking down the Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 as unconstitutional. In celebration of the one year anniversary of this monumental day, and of the hundreds of same-sex marriages that were performed in the City of West Hollywood in the days following this historic decision, the theme for the 2014 West Hollywood LGBTQ Arts Festival is ‘I Do.’ ‘I Do’ represents an affirmation, a promise, a commitment, and a celebration of love.

A full schedule which is sortable by genre can be found here.

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Queer Cultural Center announces the 17th Annual National Queer Arts Festival!
By Pamela Peniston, Artistic Director
Festival website:

Starting May 31st and continuing through July 5th, the National Queer Arts Festival features 38 days of queer art.  Join us for thrilling performances, readings, circus and comedy.

The theme of the 2014 NQAF is The Body Politic/s. It encompasses the idea of the body as sensuous, sentient organism as well as the site of cultural signification and political power. What is it to be in a body: to move, to feel, to desire as well as to be desired. What is it to be collectively labeled as other and at the same time use this collectivity as a liberating force? The festival explores these ideas and so much more. I can promise you a unique experience…and some serious fun.

Anthony Friedkin: The Gay Essay
Advocate online

Coming to the de Young Museum, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. This exhibition will be on view from June 14 through January 11.

Friedkin’s photography chronicled a turning point in the history of political activism in the gay community.

Anthony Friedkin’s photographs take us back in time to the gay communities of Los Angeles and San Francisco from 1969 to 1973.

In a series of more than 75 vintage prints, Friedkin’s “The Gay Essay” transports viewers into these tumultuous years — a turning point in the history of LGBT political activism.

A native of Los Angeles, Friedkin has been taking pictures in his home state of California since he was 8 years old. Then in the spring of 1969, when he was 19, he started “The Gay Essay” with the hope of recording gay life and its increasing visibility. His work was a combination of reporting and individual discovery, with Friedkin developing close relationships with the people he shot. They were trying to live openly, express their individuality and sexuality on their own terms, and improvise ways to challenge the mainstream.

“More than four decades after this work was created, ‘The Gay Essay’ stands as both a record of historic change in our culture and an eloquent testimony to Anthony Friedkin’s passion for the art of photography,” says Julian Cox, curator of the exhibition at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. “We are left with a beautiful, sensitive record fit for the ages.”

A Place in History for Gay, Transgender Americans
ABC News

The announcement Friday that the National Park Service will begin installing markers at places of importance to the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans is a step toward including them in the national narrative — and components of education, supporters said.

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement Friday at the Stonewall Inn, the scene of riots in June 1969 that are widely credited with starting the modern gay rights movement. Stonewall was made a national historic landmark in 2000, and June is widely celebrated as LGBT Pride Month.

Jewell said the nation is on a journey to expand civil rights to underrepresented groups. The process on LGBT issues mirrors efforts the service already has undertaken to preserve and promote locations that reflect the roles of Latinos, Asian-Americans and women in U.S. history.

“Part of the job of the National Park Service is to tell this story,” she said.

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Obama issues proclamation declaring June LGBT Pride Month

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday issued a proclamation by President Barack Obama, declaring June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, saying his administration “stands alongside all those who fight for LGBT rights.”

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The Harvey Milk Forever Stamp Is Dedicated
The White House

On what would have been his 84th birthday, Harvey Milk had a stamp dedicated in his honor at the White House. A number of distinguished guests attended the ceremony, including U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Representative John Lewis, and Deputy Postmaster General Ronald A. Stroman.

Harvey Milk was a visionary leader who became one of the first openly gay elected officials in the U.S. when he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in 1977. Milk’s achievements gave hope and confidence to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the United States and elsewhere at a time when the community was encountering widespread hostility and discrimination. Milk believed that government should represent all citizens, ensuring equality and providing needed services.

Tragically, his political career was cut short less than a year after he took office in California when he and San Francisco Mayor George Moscone were assassinated on November 27, 1978.

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The Transgender Tipping Point
Time Magazine

Nearly a year after the Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage, another social movement is poised to challenge deeply held cultural beliefs.

In the beaux-arts lobby of the Nourse Theater in San Francisco, men in deep V-necks and necklaces walk by women with crew cuts and plaid shirts buttoned to the top. Boys carrying pink backpacks kiss on the lips, while long-haired ladies whose sequined tank tops expose broad shoulders snap selfies. About 1,100 people, many gleefully defying gender stereotypes, eventually pack the auditorium to hear the story of an unlikely icon. “I stand before you this evening,” Laverne Cox, who stars in the Netflix drama Orange Is the New Black, tells the crowd, “a proud, African-American transgender woman.” The cheers are loud and long.

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The Last Bastion: A Conversation on Feminist and Queer Museum Politics – featuring Dr. Amelia Jones and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz two of the world’s leading Queer art historians.

Dr. Amelia Jones and Dr. Jonathan D. Katz will examine how museum curators continue to ignore and under represent women and LGBT artists.

Monday, June 30.
6:30 – 9:30pm
West Hollywood Council Chambers
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069


The lecture will be followed by a reception and tour of the Mazer Lesbian Archives and the ONE Gallery exhibit. Parking with validation is available on site. RSVP

Presented by: California LGBT Arts Alliance, June L. Mazer Lesbian Archives and the City of West Hollywood. Sponsored by: Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Black LGBT Project, Black Lesbians United, Tom of Finland Foundation and Impact Stories.




State-Local Partnership Program
California Arts Council
Deadline: 06-20-2014

The State-Local Partnership Program fosters community development through the arts on the county level through a partnership between the California Arts Council and a local arts agency. Partners benefit from funding, technical assistance and coordinated activities which support their efforts that enrich the lives of the members of their communities through the arts.

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The Building Bridges 2014-15 Grants Program
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Deadline: 06-27-2014

The Building Bridges 2014-15 Grants Program will support nonprofit organizations in their work to plan and implement cultural programs or projects intended to increase public knowledge and understanding of current day Muslim societies through arts or media-based experiences.

The program will support projects that create current-day, immersive, interactive, collaborative and/or engaging experiences tailored to the needs and interests of target audience(s).

A total of $1,500,000 will be awarded for projects and programs that begin in March 2015.

Grants in the amounts of $25,000 to $300,000 will be awarded for projects and programs over one to three years, depending on the need of the project. Grants may support up to 75% of the total program or project budget. The total grant requested may not exceed 25% of the organization’s annual expenses.

Nonprofit organizations with operating expense budgets greater than $250,000 are eligible to apply.

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2014 Women’s Initiative Grant
The Alexia Foundation
Deadline: 06-30-2014

The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the call for entries for our 2014 Women’s Initiative Grant which will provide a $25,000 grant for a project to be produced on a significant issue involving and affecting women.

We invite proposals from any photojournalist anywhere in the world. We will begin accepting applications today, April 1, 2014. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2014.

Unlike the first Women’s Initiative grant, which specifically focused on abuse of women in the United States, this call for entries is intended to permit the photographer to propose a serious documentary photographic or multimedia project encompassing any issue involving women anywhere in the world.

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California Historical Society Book Award
California Historial Society and Heyday Books
Deadline: 07-01-2014

The California Historical Society (CHS) and Heyday have established the California Historical Society Book Award for a book-length manuscript that makes an important contribution to scholarship and deepens public understanding of some aspect of California history. The prize carries a $5,000 advance and publication in both print and e-book format by CHS/Heyday, with an awards ceremony, ample promotion, and an author tour throughout the state.

Grant link:

Call for California Artist Applicants: Visual Arts, Craft and Literary Arts Grant Awards
Center for Cultural Innovation (CA)
Deadline: 07-01-2014

Application Deadline: July 1st, 2014 at 6:00pm PST

Artistic creation requires more than just talent – it requires an initial investment of time and money as well. For this reason, the need for grant support has become a critical part of the creative process for many working artists today. The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to address this need by providing working artists in California with the financial resources and creative support systems they need to thrive.

This round of Investing in Artists will provide grants to individual artists working in the Visual Arts, Crafts or Literary Arts in two funding categories:

  • Grants for Artistic Equipment and Tools (up to $6,000)
  • Grants for Artistic Innovation (up to $10,000)

Applications may only be completed through their online system. Please follow the links below to learn more about the Investing in Artists Guidelines and to begin your application!

Website link:

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) was founded in 2001 as a California 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Its mission is to promote knowledge sharing, networking and financial independence for individual artists and creative entrepreneurs by providing business training, grants, and incubating innovative projects that create new program knowledge, tools and practices for artists in the field.Center for Cultural Innovation (CA), Call for California Artist Applicants: Visual Arts, Craft and Literary Arts Grant Awards

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Harpo Foundation Invites Applications for 2014 Emerging Artists Fellowship
Harpo Foundation
Deadline: 07-05-2014

The Chicago-based Harpo Foundation was established in 2006 to support under-recognized artists. The foundation seeks to stimulate creative inquiry and encourage new modes of thinking about art.

The foundation’s Emerging Artist Fellowship at the Santa Fe Art Institute was established in 2013 to provide an annual opportunity to an emerging visual artist who is at least 25 years old and who needs time and space to explore ideas and start new projects. Artist fellows will receive a one-month residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a well-appointed room with private bath, well-lit studio space, and a $500 travel stipend.

Grant link:

Audience Engagement Grant
Open Society Foundation
Deadline: 07-08-2014

The Audience Engagement Grant supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative and effective way of using that work as a tool for social change. We are looking for projects that serve as interventions on pressing problems and provide concrete ways for photographers, organizations, and their target audiences to create a positive impact.

We will provide between five to eight grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000. Grant funds cannot be used to shoot new imagery. When selected projects closely align with the work of the Open Society Foundations, we will facilitate contact with relevant foundation staff and grantees.

Grant link:

Fleishhacker Foundation Invites Applications From Bay Area Arts Organizations
Fleishhacker Foundation
Deadline: 07-15-2014

The Fleishhacker Foundation is accepting applications from Bay Area arts organizations offering programming in the region.

Through its Small Arts Grants program, the foundation will award grants of up to $10,000 in support of programs within a range of disciplines, including dance, film and media arts, interdisciplinary arts, music, theater, and the visual arts. Grants may be used for artists’ fees for creative time; production costs for performances or films; exhibition/installation costs for visual, media, or interdisciplinary arts; or projects that aid the organization’s overall artistic development.

Organizations with annual budgets between $100,000 and $750,000 that are based in and offer programming in the greater San Francisco Bay Area are eligible to apply.
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2014 William H. Johnson Prize
The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts
Deadline: 09-15-2014

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization that seeks to encourage African American artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. The Johnson Foundation awards grants to individuals who work in the following media: painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation and/or new genre.

The William H. Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African American artist. For our purposes, “early-career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within twelve years from the year that a prize is awarded. For example, a person who finished their studies in 2002 is eligible to apply in 2014, but not in 2015. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as a professional artist for more than twelve years.

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Grants for the Arts
Green Foundation
Deadline: 01-01-2015

Leonard I. Green was committed to arts programming in Los Angeles. He believed in the positive impact arts education and outreach in schools, colleges and artistic institutions had (and have) on the city’s youth and adult population. The Foundation is dedicated to supporting institutions that focus on arts outreach and education and we continue to encourage growth in all areas of the arts. Priority is given to those institutions that promote the expansion of community arts programs and/or support youth and adult creativity in their regular schedules.

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Women’s Studio Workshop
WSW offers a variety of grants, fellowships, and residency opportunities for artists working in printmaking, papermaking, book arts and ceramics.

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Puffin Foundation
Puffin Foundation Grants are open to emerging artists in the fields of art, photography, music, theater, dance and literature whose works due to their genre and/or social philosophy might have difficulty being aired. Average Puffin Foundation grants range from $1,000 to $2,500.

Grant Link:

Hispanic Scholarship Fund
The Hispanic Scholarship Fund / McNamara Framily Creative Arts Project Grant is designed to provide financial resources to outstanding Latino undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a creative arts related field: media, film, performing arts, communications, writing, etc. This grant is only intended to assist students in beginning and completing an art project. Students may be potentially eligible for grants up to $15,000.

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One-year Aid Grants for Experienced Artists
Pollock-Krasner Foundation
Ongoing deadline

The Pollock-Krasner Foundation’s dual criteria for grants are recognizable artistic merit and demonstrable financial need, whether professional, personal or both. The Foundation’s mission is to aid, internationally, those individuals who have worked as professional artists over a significant period of time.

The Foundation welcomes, throughout the year, applications from visual artists who are painters, sculptors and artists who work on paper, including printmakers. There are no deadlines. The Foundation encourages applications from artists who have genuine financial needs that are not necessarily catastrophic. Grants are intended for a one-year period of time. The Foundation will consider need on the part of an applicant for all legitimate expenditures relating to his or her professional work and personal living, including medical expenses. The size of the grant is determined by the individual circumstances of the artist.

For more information, see the website.
Contact: Beth Cochems
Phone: 212.288.2836
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Arts and Accessibility
California Arts Council
Deadline: ongoing

The California Arts Council is committed to making its services and programs open and accessible to all persons, with and without disabilities. This commitment is ongoing and has never wavered.

The California Arts Council reaches out and nurtures its relationship with the disability community through programs and services in partnerships with the National Arts and Disability Center and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The purpose of the California Arts Council’s Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Program is to enhance opportunities for participation in the arts for people with disabilities.

The California Arts Council makes available grants between $500 to $1000 for professional development and/or technical assistance. The funded activities are to support efforts in making programs and services accessible to people with disabilities. This fund is available until it is depleted.

Contact: Wayne Cook
Phone: (916) 322-6344
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City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Individual Artist Fellowships
For submission deadlines go to:

The prestigious City of Los Angeles (C.O.L.A.) Fellowships honor a selection of the best of Los Angeles contemporary arts. These awards allow very accomplished artists to focus on creating new works. Meanwhile, the Cultural Affairs Department collaborates with community partners to organize a museum exhibition, a performing arts showcase, and publish an illustrated catalog that promote the new work by these artists and distinguish Los Angeles as a major center of creative activity in the United States. Eligible artists must reside in Los Angeles County and demonstrate an active exhibition and/or production record of at least 15 years.


Draw, Drawing, Drawn
For National artists

Deadline: 06-14-2014


The “Draw, Drawing, Drawn” exhibition is a celebration of drawing and the continually evolving relationship between observation and invention. Primary, sophisticated, honest, revealing, and fundamental, drawing is a common language that people of all ages use to communicate. The Vita Art Center wishes to present an exhibit showing a contemporary cross section of what is happening now in drawing.


There is no theme but all art must be original and completed within the past 2 years of the entry deadline. Compelling drawings on any subject or approach will be considered, We encourage applicants from all fifty state


For guidelines and submission form visit:

Contact: Mary Perez
Phone: 805.644.9214


Wilde Magazine: 2014 Erotica Issue
For International artists

Deadline: 06-15-2014


Wilde Magazine publishes one issue every year dedicated to the presentation of queer sexuality through literary and visual means. We seek tasteful art and writing that is erotic in nature, while presenting an accurate representation of queer sexuality, free from the usual plagues of sexism and heterosexism that can be depicted in mainstream pornography.

Contact: Vanessa Wilkinson
Phone: 303.957.6756


Accreted Terrane: Group Exhibition at MoNA
For International artists

Deadline: 06-15-2014


Borrowing a term from geology in order to explore metaphors of trans-regional movement, diaspora, materials, and additive processes, Accreted Terrane invites emerging and established artists with connections to the Pacific Northwest region to submit work for consideration toward participating in a dynamic group exhibition at Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner, WA, from October 4, 2014 through January 4, 2015.


See more at:

Contact: David Francis
Phone: 206.851.9641


Art of Dance – Call for Art
For International artists

Deadline: 06-15-2014

Las Laguna Gallery in Laguna Beach California invites artists working in all media to submit works for our call for art.

Will your work convey fluidity with color or stroke? Will your work show energy, poise, movement or grace. With you the use of your brush, hand, camera or computer, will the viewer know the expression and intricacy of human form?

If you work in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pen and ink, graphite, color pencil, charcoal, traditional photography, digital or mixed media we want to see your work.

All fine art, contemporary and modern works will be considered.

All local, national and international artists, professional and amateur and multiple art mediums will be considered in this call for art.

Contact: Lori McBride
Phone: 949.667.1803



“Line________” Juried Exhibit
For International artists

Deadline: 06-15-2014


This is an exhibit on contemporary interpretations of line used to dominate the visual experience.

Please submit 5 images of your work, CV, and statement. Entry fee is $10.

Apply at

Contact: Zoe Spiliotis


Introductions 2014
For SF Bay Area artists

Deadline: 06-16-2014

Root Division invites artists working in all genres to submit work for an exhibition called Introductions 2014. Each year we present the work of 12 Bay Area artists in an exhibition and full color catalogue.

Contact: Amy Cancelmo
Phone: 415.863.7668


Works on Paper
For National artists

Deadline: 06-22-2014


Artists are encouraged to think about the facility of paper as it has historically served our need to sketch, draw, paint, print, or investigate in representational and /or abstract modes of visual inquiry. They have relied on the wonderful threshold of paper to cross from the realm of visual observation from life to an artistic investigation on the page. Here is an opportunity to celebrate this tradition.


Eligibility: Open to United States residents. Submissions include Printmaking, drawing, painting, bookmaking, collage, photography, and 3D construction.

Contact: Keelin Sabel
Phone: 831.426.5787


Bookish Beasts: zine and comics fest
For California artists

Deadline: 06-28-2014


BOOKISH BEASTS: Center for Sex and Culture is looking for  zine and comic book makers!

After the success and fun of last year’s fest, we are inspired to bring together and try to grow the audiences of local zine and comics artists who make sexy books. Center for Sex & Culture is a fantastic multi-use space that is perfect for gathering local artists whose works need to be celebrated for their blatant hotness.

Bookish Beasts is a one-day zine fest for the creators of art, books and comics featuring content on sexuality, gender and erotica. We aim to give artists the opportunity to peddle their wares, and connect with local readers who love and collect adult material.

Contact: Dorian Katz


VSA Emerging Young Artists Program: The Journey – Call for Art
For National artists

Deadline: 06-30-2014


A juried competition and national touring exhibition of work by emerging young visual artists with disabilities, ages 16-25. Artists are invited to reflect on the theme The Journey – internal and external, personal and communal, human and technological – our journeys shape our aesthetic and environmental terrain and define our daily lives.


Fifteen artists will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C. for professional development workshops and a reception on Capitol Hill. Selected work will tour nationally. With the generous support of Volkswagen, awards include a $20,000 grand prize, $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place, and 12 awards of excellence at $2,000 each.

Contact: Rachael Nease



“Hidden” International Call For Writers by ArtAscent
For International artists

Deadline: 06-30-2014


The call theme is “Hidden.” Unseen, unknown, mysterious, cryptic, masked, clouded, puzzling, esoteric. Show us what hidden means to you.


Eligible Submissions

Entries may include fiction, poetry, short stories and other written explorations (up to 900 words). Previously published or unpublished are eligible. Submissions must be the original work of the applicant(s).



Call for Proposals
For International artists

Deadline: 07-01-2014


Call for Proposals for Women in the Arts Conference
November 6-8, 2014 at University of Missouri-St. Louis


The University of Missouri – St. Louis Women in the Arts Conference and Dr. Barbara Harbach have announced a call for proposals for the 2014 Conference. Events will be held at the J.C. Penney Conference Center at the University of Missouri-St. Louis from November 6-8, 2014.

The Conference welcomes proposals for presentations relating to all fields of women creators in the arts: music, literature, drama, dance, performance art, and visual art. Proposals may be submitted for papers, lecture-recitals, clinics, demonstrations, panels, performances, and workshops of either twenty-five or fifty minutes.


The program committee solicits the broadest representation of the arts and its interests, and invites proposals from faculty (full time, adjunct, and retired), independent scholars, performers, artists, writers, and graduate students.

Contact: Barbara Harbach
Phone: 314.516.4990


Ahmanson Foundation Provides Grants to Nonprofits in Los Angeles
The Ahmanson Foundation supports nonprofit organizations serving Los Angeles County, CA in the areas of the arts and humanities, education, medicine and health and human services. Support is also provided for building funds, renovation and equipment, capital campaigns, endowments, institutional scholarship funds, matching grants and special projects and programs.

Bank of the West Grants for Cultural Activities
Bank of the West provides grants for well-managed cultural activities in communities that the Bank serves. Bank of the West’s Charitable Contributions Program operates on a year-round basis. Contribution requests are granted based on the nonprofit organization’s ability to meet the Bank’s charitable giving criteria, eligibility, need, and availability of charitable funds.

Boeing’s Grant Guidelines and Application Process
Boeing provides charitable contributions to U.S.-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable or educational organizations in five focus areas: education; health and human services; arts and culture; civic; and the environment. Boeing also considers requests for in-kind donations and services. (A Boeing office is located in Seal Beach, CA.)

Foundation Center – Online training


A free online course from the Foundation Center called Introduction to Fundraising Planning provides an overview of the process of strategically thinking through the components of a fundraising plan. You will learn how to develop a fundraising plan that will include a variety of revenue sources for your organization.

This course is designed to help you achieve the following:

Take stock of your organization’s strengths and assets

Create a case statement

Set fundraising goals

Choose funding partners

Prepare a fundraising calendar

See webpage for details and links to other online training courses from the Foundation Center.

Also at the Foundation Center: an online training course, titled Proposal Writing: The Statement of Need, to help grantseekers develop skills in constructing a compelling statement of need. The course includes interactive exercises and assignments, case studies, a final exam, and a printable certificate of completion. Lessons can be taken at any pace, and can be reviewed often. For more information visit the Foundation Center’s website.

Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department

The City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs serves as a catalyst for the delivery of high quality arts and cultural experiences. The strategies for accomplishing our mission are centered around marketing, communication and relationships with community partners.


Los Angeles County Arts Commission
The mission of the Los Angeles County Arts Commission is to foster excellence, diversity, vitality and accessibility of the arts in the County of Los Angeles. The Commission plays a leadership role in cultural services for the county, providing information and resources to the community, artists, arts organizations and municipalities.


Liberty Hill Foundation Lesbian & Gay Community Fund
The Lesbian & Gay Community Fund was created to provide critical support to new or ongoing projects addressing the issues of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities. Grants of $10,000 to $25,000 are targeted to groups actively working for institutional, policy, or public opinion changes that improve LGBT life and well-being and build alliances between LGBT and straight communities.

In 2006, a total of $230,000 was given through the Lesbian & Gay Community Fund. This is the largest amount of money Liberty Hill has ever given through this fund, due to the generosity of many individual donors and foundations such as The California Endowment and the Durfee Foundation.

McKnight Foundation Offers Online Resources For Arts Groups
from the CAM eNewsletter
The Nonprofit Management Toolkit on the McKnight Foundation Web site offers fundraising resources, tips for honing your nonprofit’s message for the media and the public, technology assistance, and advice about recruiting and working with volunteers. The fundraising resources section provides links to information compiled by the Foundation Center, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Charity Channel,, the Minnesota Council on Foundations, and other organizations. To access the Nonprofit Management Toolkit, see .

Wells Fargo Funding
In 2005, through corporate and foundation grants, Wells Fargo gave 5,435 grants to nonprofits that totaled over $38 million. Wells Fargo gives first priority to requests where the primary purpose of the grant is to benefit people and communities of low and moderate income. While Wells Fargo accepts requests for financial support from organizations which enhance a community’s quality of life–including cultural, arts, civic projects, and other activities–these grants are not one of their funding priorities. For California funding guidelines:


California Arts Council

The California Arts Council (CAC), a state agency, was established in January 1976 to encourage artistic awareness, participation, and expression; to help independent local groups develop their own arts programs; to promote employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in the public and private sector; to provide for exhibition of artworks in public buildings throughout California; and to enlist the aid of all state agencies in the task of ensuring the fullest expression of our artistic potential.



The California LBGT Arts Alliance is funded by the California Arts Council.

For information about CAC visit its website:

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