Organization Grants

Operating Grants I & II


Operating Grants I & II provide unrestricted, operating support to Long Beach-based arts and cultural organizations whose primary mission is to collect, preserve, present and/or commission exemplary works of art (e.g. visual art exhibitions, theatre, dance and/or musical performances). Works of art must be of regional significance, for the benefit of the general public and provide educational opportunities that enable audiences to better understand and appreciate the arts. Organization budgets must be over $250,000 annually.

The Long Beach Recovery Act will also provide operational funding for major arts organizations as well as additional funding to support the Arts Council’s Operating Grants I and II.

  • Organizational Recovery Grants: Grants will be available to support the operational recovery of large arts, culture and historical non-profit organizations in the city. Priority grants will be provided to organizations previously supported by the CARES Act, based on guidance from the Long Beach City Council, which include: Long Beach Symphony, Musical Theater West, Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach Museum of Art, Camerata Singers of Long Beach, Long Beach Playhouse, Musica Angelica, International City Theatre and Long Beach Opera. Organizations not on this list may also apply for operational recovery funding through ArtsLB’s Operational Grant (OPG) process. All organizations submitting applications must be registered and active on ArtsLB's Long Beach artist registry and be established arts, cultural or historical organizations that support the operations and production of arts and culture programming citywide.

Please note that Measure B Grantees are no longer eligible for the Arts Council Operating Grants trough the Arts Council. Measure B Grantees must submit a work plan for the Organizational Recovery Grants program.

Grant applications open Monday May 2, 2022. The deadline the 2022-2023 grant cycle is Thursday, July 7, 2022. 

OPG I & II Orientation

Required for all new Operating Grant applicants.

By appointment only, May 2 through June 1, 2022

To request an appointment, please contact Lisa DeSmidt, ArtsLB Director of Programs, at

2022–2023 Operating Grantees

Current & Past Operational Grants Recipients



Art Theatre
Khmer Arts Academy
Long Beach Playhouse


Able ARTS Work
International City Theatre
Museum of Latin American Art
Long Beach Opera
Long Beach Symphony
Musical Theatre West