The Arts Council for Long Beach has created a COVID-19 Relief Fund for Long Beach Artists and organizations. Since May of this year, the Arts Council dedicated over $50,000 to a relief fund for artists and the city’s allocation continues this much needed funding for artists and organizations of all genres. With the increased funding organizations are now eligible to apply. Funding for the grant is provided by: Arts Council for Long Beach, Long Beach Community Foundation, Edison International, Supervisor Janice Hah, Long Beach Post and Dark Arts Emporium. With the City’s contribution to the relief fund the Arts Council is able to provide $125,000 in relief to artists and organizations.

Applications open Monday, May 18, 2020 and will be allocated until funds are exhausted. The application is available below. For grant guidelines and application requirements click here.

Please email for assistance on grant applications or questions about our grant process.

Please complete your submission as soon as possible. You will receive an email confirmation upon successful submission.

To save your entry to finish later, you must copy the link from the page that is displayed after clicking "Save and Continue Later" at the bottom of the form. We suggest sending the link to your email as well.

  • The individual or organization applying for the grant.
  • Primary contact person for the application
  • If you are selected for the grant you will be required to submit proof of address in Long Beach.
  • Please indicate the Council District where the administrative offices/studios for the project are located. View a current district map here.

  • If you do not have a Long Beach business license, physical address or work address in Long Beach, you are not eligible to apply.
  • Please select one. If none of the following choices apply to you or your organization you are not eligible to apply.
  • The Grantee shall follow all generally accepted accounting procedures and practices and shall maintain books, records, documents, and other evidence which sufficiently and properly account for the expenditure of funds. The books, records and documents shall be subject at all reasonable times to inspection, reviews, or audits by the City in order that the Project, management, and fiscal policies of the Grantee may be evaluated to assure the proper and effective expenditure of public funds.

  • “Due to loss of income sources from the COVID-19 response, I need assistance covering basic needs, such as rent/housing/utilities, food/supplies, and/or medical expenses., payroll or artist fees.”
  • Check all that apply
  • Screenshot of cancellation(s) from website or social media
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    Copy of email or cancellation notice(s) from venue/booker/hiring organization

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  • List the lost income source(s) – include the type of lost income (performance, paid speaking gig, readings, exhibitions, festival/fair, and/or teaching artist wages).

    You MUST include:
    - The specific location/venue of the event(s) cancelled
    - The date(s) of event cancelled
    - The amount of income projected from each cancelled event
  • Approximately what percentage of your monthly income comes from your work as an artist? For organizations: What percentage of our overal budget is dedicated to arts and cultural programming and education in Long Beach?
  • How many years have you been working as a PAID freelance, part-time, or full- time artist? For organizations: How many years have you been programming arts and cultural events? What is the net loss of income due to canceled events from COVID 19.
  • To advance this goal, eligible organizations and artists must demonstrate an ability to effectively leverage grant funds for community benefit within the required grant timeframe, and awardees must provide resources and services to racially and ethnically diverse parts of the City, including CDBG-eligible zones, COVID-impacted areas, and neighborhoods that are not traditionally served by the arts.