The City of Ojai Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the 2020 Grant Program begins accepting applications on Monday, July 15th, 2019. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 27th, 2019 and all applications and supporting materials must be received at City Hall by that time, postmarks notwithstanding.

The grants, which are awarded each year at the December Ojai City Council meeting, help to ensure the vitality of the arts in the Ojai Valley, and the City of Ojai is proud to be able to offer Art Grants each year as the budget allows.

The Grants Program funds non-profit arts organizations and individual artists whose primary purpose is to produce or present arts and cultural programs, primarily in the City of Ojai. Arts Grants are made for one year and requirements include that grantees provide a dollar-for-dollar match for the amount requested funding and must complete their project within 2020.

A Grant application workshop will be offered at Ojai City Hall on Monday, August 12 from 5:00-6:00 p.m. Only complete applications will be considered and all applicants are highly encouraged to attend this workshop to ensure they are meeting all the parameters and requirements of the application process. Past recipients of grants have found the workshop to be invaluable. To ensure your place in the workshop, contact Luis Gomez, City Manager’s Office, 401 S. Ventura Street, Ojai CA 93023 (805)646-5581 x103,

Goals of the Arts Grant Program include: encouraging artistic excellence; developing new audiences for the arts; promoting diversity in Ojai’s cultural life; promoting and encouraging arts and cultural activities in the City of Ojai; and encouraging community partnerships and artistic collaboration.

Last years recipients were: Focus on The Masters; Ojai Art Center Theater; Ojai Film Society; Ojai Independence Day Committee; Ojai Music Festival; Ojai Youth Opera; The Townies. Inc. Podcast.

Individuals and organizations wishing to apply for a 2020 City of Ojai arts Grant should click here. Applications are accepted from July 15, 2019 until 5:00 PM September 27th.

Photo by Perry Van Houton, Ojai Valley News
The Grand Sweepstakes winner of the 4th of July Ojai parade was The Ojai Luminaries, a playful project funded last year by the Arts Commission! It marked a very Ojai tribute to some of the leading lights from Ojai’s storied past, including Edward Libbey, Jiddha Krishnamurti, and Beatrice Wood, amongst others – all riding dinosaurs in an eye-catching (particularly for children) display designed to prompt questions about the famous riders from the past.
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