The purpose of grant programs in Los Angeles County is to ensure that non-profit and tax-funded organizations provide artistic and cultural services to local communities. These programs are designed to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, with a focus on populations with limited English proficiency (LEP). The City of Los Angeles Department of Economic and Workforce Development (EWDD) offers microenterprise recovery grants to eligible microbusinesses located in the city, while the Los Angeles Urban League works to serve, educate, and empower African Americans and other minorities. The Los Angeles Education Partnership (LAEP) is also dedicated to promoting educational equity through relationships with families, schools, and communities. The USDA and its federal partners have programs that can be used to provide immediate and long-term assistance to rural communities negatively affected by COVID-19. Bet Tzedek has partnered with the City of Los Angeles on LA Represents, a new initiative that connects Los Angeles residents facing difficulties due to COVID-19 with free legal services.
The California Campus Grant Program (the “Program”) will support independent venues that qualify for hosting live events that have been affected by COVID-19 to ensure their continued operation. Organizations that provide arts and cultural services in Los Angeles County have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and continue to struggle to resume programming and operations. Small businesses and entities other than 501 (c), 3 nonprofit organizations that specialize in the arts can learn about other grant opportunities available through Los Angeles County. The goal is to address the root causes of COVID-19 in Los Angeles: resources and grant and loan opportunities available by sector for small businesses, microenterprises, non-profit organizations, and staff. The Community Foundation of Los Angeles (CCF) provides Job Seekers Support, Business Services Support, Support for Older Adults, Workforce Development Board Support, and General Support Services. This organization strives to be the destination base for donors and nonprofit organizations that are passionately committed to creating systemic change in Los Angeles County.
Beneficiaries will use the funds to promote and market their artistic programming to encourage the public and program participants to return to virtual or in-person programs. Los Angeles County is home to the highest concentration of minority-owned businesses in the United States. These grant programs are designed to ensure that non-profit and tax-funded organizations that provide artistic and cultural services to the communities most affected by COVID-19 receive funding to support their local communities in the recovery phase.