take pART: Cultural Participation and Community Engagement Grants (California)

Through the Office of Cultural Affairs, the City of San Jose offers several programs of financial support to ensure a continuing and rich variety of cultural opportunities for its residents as well as visitors to the city.

Donor Name: City of San Jose

State: California

City: San Jose

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline (mm/dd/yyyy): 02/08/2022

Size of the Grant: $2,500 to $15,000

Grant Duration: 1 year


take pART Grants are awarded to arts and other public benefit organizations to help finance specific arts activities and programs. Arts organizations are usually smaller artist-run groups or community arts organizations where creative participation is the key. Other public benefit organizations that apply to this program have a history of engagement in the arts.

Cultural Participation and Community Engagement Grants (hereinafter referred to as “take pART Grants”) support arts activities offered by non-professional arts organizations and community service organizations with continuing arts programs, as well as small semi-professional and professional arts organizations seeking to secure City support for specific arts activities, rather than general operating support.

take pART Grants are intended to serve as partial support for arts activities, with awards no more than half of a granted project’s budget and usually significantly less.

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, community-based arts projects that involve San Jose residents directly in the artistic process, as well as projects by small artist-centered groups that do not have the need to build the kinds of institutional infrastructure required of Operating Grant applicants.

take pART Grants support three guiding principles of Cultural Connection, San Jose’s plan for cultural development in the coming decade:

  • Cultural Participation:
    • Supporting residents’ personal, active participation in arts and culture.
  • Cultural Pluralism:
    • Using culture as a connector and fostering a “cultural commons” through arts and culture.
  • Public Value of the Arts:
    • Using personally meaningful arts experiences to help achieve community goals and create a better San Jose.

take pART Grants are intended to encourage:

  • Opportunities for public participation in arts and cultural activities;
  • Life-long arts and cultural education programs outside the school setting;
  • Expressions of culturally-specific traditions of San Jose’s diverse population;
  • Opportunities to experience and engage in the arts in neighborhood and community settings;
  • Programs that serve the needs of the clients of health and social service institutions.

Types of activities that grants may support include, but are not limited to:

  • Creative expression opportunities for San Jose residents who are not professional artists, through participation in the making and presentation of works of dance, literary arts, media and new media arts, music, theater, visual arts, and other art forms;
  • Activities, in any arts discipline, that express the cultural values or heritage of culturally specific communities that make up the city of San José, especially communities that are economically 2022-23 4 Office of Cultural Affairs: take pART Grants underserved and communities that lack access to formal/conventional arts programs and/or arts venues;
  • Arts programs, or individual arts projects, of small groups of artists who have organized to produce or exhibit work for public presentation in San Jose;
  • Opportunities for the public to enjoy arts activities in San Jose neighborhood venues, such as community centers, libraries, community halls, and other non-traditional settings outside the downtown core;
  • Single activities and extended projects that provide arts and cultural education opportunities for youth, special populations, or the community at large in neighborhood, community and institutional-care settings. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, professional artists teaching in institutional-care settings, training programs for student or apprentice artists, and projects that introduce people to the arts of any culture.

Funding Information

Groups may submit take pART grant requests between $2,500 to $15,000. However, an applicant’s grant request may not exceed:

  • 25 percent of the group’s entire organization-wide expenses in its most recent fiscal
    year; and
  • 50 percent of the project’s cost, whichever is less

Grant Term

Grants will support projects that are planned to take place between July 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023.


Applications that are complete and submitted by the deadline will be accepted from groups that meet all the following conditions:

  • The group has a principal place of business in San Jose.
    • Exception: A group that does not maintain a central place of business and consistently has had annual budgets below $150,000 can qualify if they offer a majority of their programming in San Jose.
  • The group has 501(c)(3) nonprofit status, or is the sponsored project of a 501(c)(3) fiscal sponsor.
  • The group has no more than a total of one FTE (Full-Time Equivalent) paid administrative staff.
    •  Exception: A group that is applying for a project, program or “series” that does not constitute the majority of its programming for FY22-23 is exempt from this eligibility criterion.)
    • The group, in its current form, has at least a one-year history of providing arts programs in San Jose in venues that are accessible to people with disabilities.
    • The group’s project: 1) has expenses of at least $5,000; and 2) takes place during July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023 in the city of San Jose; and is not intended solely as a fundraiser nor to convey a religious message or advocate a political position.
    • The group a) is not a division/department within the City of San Jose; b) did not submit a FY2022-23 Festival, Parade and Celebration Grant application for the project; c) will not submit a FY2022-23 Operating Grant application.
    • The group is in compliance with requirements pertaining to any previous grant it has received through the Office of Cultural Affairs.

For more information, visit Take Part Grants.