Cultural Investment Funding Programs
Through service contracts with local nonprofit arts organizations, the Arts Commission supplies a variety of cultural activities that generate significant impact for the community. Every dollar provided by the City is matched by the organizations, generating a total annual investment of over $1.5 million in cultural infrastructure. The services supported range from hands-on educational programs for underserved communities, to high-profile arts events by established cultural institutions, to exciting new cultural activities. All investments support our long-term policy planks: Youth Arts, Creative Spaces, Economic Growth and Engagement.
Potential applicants are encouraged to review our General Eligibility guidelines, but should note that some categories have additional requirements.
We are not accepting applications for any categories at this time.
Lodgers’ Tax for the Arts Funding
Funding for this program is authorized by the City of Santa Fe Ordinance No. 1987-45, which earmarks Lodgers’ Tax for the Arts the “promotion and advertising of nonprofit attractions and nonprofit performing arts in Santa Fe.” NMSA “Lodgers’ Tax Act” (3-38-21) authorizes a municipality to use tax proceeds to defray costs of advertising, publicizing, and promoting tourism attractions within the area. Therefore, eligible organizations must play a role in promoting tourism and apply the funding received primarily towards the project’s promotional, advertising and marketing costs.
(Note that category information and requirements are subject to change until applications are issued.)
Category A: Small, accessible amounts designed to jumpstart marketing/promotional efforts for finite projects while also providing organizations with a City-investment to leverage additional, private support. Requests up to $5,000; multiple deadlines; single fiscal year contract; expedient application/review process. Eligibility: Annual operating budget of less than $200,000. Application deadline has passed. Next open application period is May 2017.
Category B: Supplementary funds for marketing/promotion of seasonal or year-round programming, this program’s simpler application process is ideal for organizations with limited full-time staff. Request up to $10,000; annual deadline; one contract year; simplified application/review process. Eligibility: Annual operating budget of less $500,000. Application deadline has passed. Next open application period is April 2017.
Category C: Meaningful contract amounts for organizations that provide marketing/promotional services for larger-scale cultural events along with educational, outreach and economic benefit to the community. Requests up to $35,000; annual deadline; one contract year; RFP application/review process. Eligibility: Annual operating budget of less than $1 million. Application deadline has passed. Next open application period is April 2017.
Category D: Larger contract amounts for providing marketing/promotional services for major cultural events and year-round institutional programs. Organizations also provide programs and services that support the Commission’s work in the areas of youth arts, economic growth, creative spaces and engagement. Contracts are multiyear with audit and site visit requirements. Requests up $100,000; biannual deadline; one year contract, renewable for second year; full application/review process. Eligibility: Annual operating budget of $1 million+; project budget of $350,000+; minimum of 2 FTEs. Application deadline has passed. Next open application period is 2018.
Collaborative Arts Marketing
The Collaborative Arts Marketing Program is designed to develop citywide, multi-partner arts events for the purposes advertising, publicizing, and promoting tourist-related attractions, facilities and events, specifically as they relate to nonprofit art activities and nonprofit performing arts in Santa Fe. For the purpose of this program, collaborative arts marketing is defined as a complementing effort between two or more nonprofit arts organizations that is based on a common theme, art form, season/time of event, audience/desired audience, and/or geography. The marketing effort must be designed to attract audiences to visit multiple partner events, venues, attractions, etc. through a single cohesive brand. The collaborative effort should provide value to other business sectors such as galleries, hotels and restaurants through affiliated partnership opportunities. Next open application period TBD.
Community Arts Development
The Community Arts Development program funds community-based organizations and projects of high artistic quality that provide arts services to the local community, with an emphasis on projects that bring the community together to celebrate the diversity of artistic heritage. Education through the arts projects in schools and other settings are eligible to apply. Applications are limited to requests of $6,000 or less. Application deadline has passed. Next open application period is May 2017.