The Arts Council for Long Beach, in partnership with the City of Long Beach, is proud to offers six grant categories that support the vibrant and dynamic arts community in our city. Grant funds are available due to a generous allocation from the City and individual donations. Please review the grant descriptions below to find the grant category that best fits your organization.

Grant funds are divided among the six categories:

  • Risk and Innovation Grant
  • Arts Education Enrichment
  • Community Project Grants
  • Operating Grant I & II
  • Professional Artist Fellowship
  • Microgrants
Grant Workshops

Annual Grant Technical Assistance Workshop

June 5–July 25: OPG I & II Orientation
Time: By appointment only. Required for all new OPG I & II grant applicants.

RSVP: Please email to reserve your spot

Community Project Grants

Community Project Grants Program

The Community Project Grant program supports the exemplary artistic, cultural and arts educational projects and programs of arts and cultural organizations in Long Beach. Through Community Project Grant programs, the Arts Council for Long Beach partners with arts and cultural organizations. Community Project Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Download 2017–2018 Guidelines:  Community Project Grant Guidelines
Download 2017–2018 Application:  Community Project Grant Application

The Fiscal Year 2017–2018 applications are due Monday, July 31.

Current Grantees
Art Exchange
Cambodia Town Film Festival
Cambodia Town, Inc.
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Homeland Cultural Center
The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach
Long Beach Camerata Singers
Pony Box Dance Theatre
The Rock Club – Music is the Remedy
South Coast Chorale
South Coast Dance Arts Alliance
University Art Museum
Teatro Jornalero Sin Fronteras

Operating Grant I & II

Operating Grant 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.

Download 2017–2018 Guidelines:  Operating Grant I & II Guidelines
Download 2017–2018 Application: Operating Grant I & II Applications

The Fiscal Year 2017–2018 applications are due Monday, July 31.

Current & Past Grantees

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

Professional Artist Fellowship

The Professional Artist Fellowship

The Professional Artist Fellowship honors a selection of Long Beach’s living artists. These awards recognize exemplary artists for their recent work.  Eligible artists must be active Long Beach artists who live, work or actively create in Long Beach and demonstrate an active exhibition and/or production record of at least three years. Fellowships range from $1,500 to $4,000.

Download 2017–2018 Guidelines: Professional Artist Fellowship Guidelines
Download 2017–2018 Application: Professional Artist Fellowship Application

The Fiscal Year 2017–2018 applications are due Monday, July 31.

Current Grantees
Anna Bae
Norma Haas Rosen
Dave Van Patten
Angela Willcocks

Arts Education Enrichment Grant

Arts Education Enrichment Grant

Through the generous support of Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe, Fourth District and the Ruth and Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts, the Arts Education Enrichment Grant provides financial support to Long Beach Unified School District students for arts education experiences. Grants support a professional development component for teachers, either a field trip to an arts event or an in-school arts program and a post-arts extension activity. Instructors and education professionals employed by Long Beach Unified School District K-12 public school are eligible to apply.

Risk and Innovation Grant

Risk and Innovation Grant

The Arts Council believes in the transformative power of the arts. Through the Risk and Innovation Grant, we invite our creative community to explore problems in our city, nation and world. The arts are a platform for community engagement, collaborative problem solving and creative expression. The Arts Council invites local artists, performers, collectives and groups to create a work of art that expresses how they feel about an issue in our current political and social climate. Artists may approach this project in three ways: Use an issue you care about to create a work of art that communicates your perspective and passion; Learn about an issue that does not impact your everyday life and create a work of art that builds awareness; use social practice to bring people together for a collaborative creative effort. The projects will be presented in a public forum between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2017. There will be four awards at $1000 each with a total of $4000 in funding.

2016–2017 Applications are closed.



Microgrants are awarded monthly and available year-round until funding is depleted for the fiscal year. Projects must be free, open to the public and benefit Long Beach residents. Worthy projects will support community representation and cultural respect, encourage cultural diversity and/or enhance underserved communities, neighborhoods or populations of Long Beach.

Professional Development grants are also available year-round until funding is depleted for the fiscal year. Funded professional development opportunities must enhance the organization’s or artist’s ability to serve the Long Beach residents.

Artistic documentation is optional. Only one file can be sent in. This file can include multiple images and links to videos. Applicants may request a maximum of $1,000.

All applications are due electronically by the 15 of each month. Applications can be emailed directly to

Download  Microgrant Guidelines

Download  Microgrant Application

Final Report

Final Report

One month after the funded project takes place, grantees have to submit a final report. This report includes outcome and description of project, factors of success, challenges etc. Failure to submit this report will impact future funding opportunities with the Arts Council.

Download  Microgrant Final Report Form

Current & Past Grantees
Revelation Films
EngAGE at Long Beach Senior Arts Colony
Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden
Thomas Wasper
Wilmore City Heritage Association
Conscious Community Coalition
Hmong New Year Festival
Khmer Girls in Action
National Arts Marketing Project Conference
West Long Beach Association
First Fridays
Ron Javorsky
Friends of Bixby Park
Primetime Players
LGBTQ Center
Danielle McCullough
California Repertory
Cambodian Coordinating Council
Mixt Media Arts
Squeeze Art Collective
Jon Hodges Delouz
Art Smart Studio
Catalyst Community Networks
2nd Saturday Art Walk
LB Open Studio Tour
Long Beach Symphony Orchestra
Martin Espinoza
Friends of Bixby Park
Long Beach Community Players
Musical Theatre West
Arts and Services for Disabled
Cultural Alliance Long Beach
Centro CHA
Society for Long Beach Music
Symphonic Jazz Orchestra
Leadership Long Beach
Cambodian Town Film Festival
Hilary Norcliffe
EngAGE at Long Beach Senior Arts Colony
Long Beach Arts Association
Gabriel Nobles
University Art Musuem

Logo Resource

Logo Resource

Grant Programs at the Arts Council for Long Beach are supported by the City of Long Beach.

Grantees are required to credit the Arts Council and the City for their support. Use the following credit line along with logos on all materials for programs supported by the Arts Council for Long Beach grants program:

Supported in part by a grant from the Arts Council for Long Beach and the City of Long Beach.

Download ACLB vector logo (pdf)
Download ACLB black & white logo (png)
Download ACLB color logo (png)
Download City of Long Beach logo (png)

Please refrain from altering the logos in any way, including changing colors and squeezing or stretching dimensions. If you need additional logo options, please contact the Arts Council at (562) 435-2787 or email Lisa DeSmidt at

350 Elm Avenue Long Beach, CA 90802 / 562.435.ARTS (2787)


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