Creative Recovery LA

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Through Creative Recovery LA, the Department of Arts and Culture will be awarding millions in American Rescue Plan funds to deliver financial relief and recovery to the nonprofit arts and culture sector.

Organizations providing arts and cultural services in Los Angeles County have been disproportionately negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to face challenges to resume programming and operations. The pandemic also disproportionately negatively impacted communities of color and those who were already facing barriers, historic disinvestment, and systemic exclusion. Supporting the arts and creative sector with an equity lens will help to preserve our creative economy, the cultural identity and vitality of the region, equity, and the well-being of our residents and the communities where they live.

Who is Eligible?

501(c)3 nonprofit organizations and Model A fiscally sponsored organizations that are arts focused, or have a demonstrated history of dedicated arts programming, may be eligible to apply for up to five funding opportunities totaling over $27M through a single, streamlined application process.

What Can Funding be Used for?

Funding can support costs directly associated with:

  • Financially sustaining operations (payroll, rent, technical assistance, safe reopening, etc.)
  • Providing arts programs and cultural services to communities
  • Hiring and retaining staff, artists, and creative workers
  • Marketing and promoting arts and culture programs
  • Supporting programs that connect opportunity youth to creative jobs
  • Serving opportunity youth through the arts

Organizations will be prioritized for funding based on location of headquarters or primary program location, and budget size.

Tell Me More

More information about applicant eligibility, program guidelines, application questions, and technical assistance workshops, which will be available in December.

Application opens in January 2023.

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General Info About Creative Recovery LA

Creative Recovery LA is an initiative of the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, administered through Community Partners, and funded by the LA County Board of Supervisors through the American Rescue Plan Act. Creative Recovery LA was created to address the impacts of the pandemic on the arts and the creative economy, one of the most economically significant and hardest-hit sectors, while leveraging the unique capacity of arts and culture to catalyze our region’s economic recovery, civic connectivity, and community wellbeing.