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Keeping San Diego County Creatives Working!

ABOUT PHASE 3

In September 2020, we launched Phase 3 in anticipation of the critical need of mid-sized arts and culture organizations as they implement new business models for sustainability, consider mergers and plan re-openings. In order to make a collective impact, we are seeking $250,000 by Spring 2021.   Thanks to support from the Parker Foundation, the San Diego Foundation, the Sahm Family Foundation we only have $100,000 more to go…..and we have great news!  A local philanthropist is challenging the San Diego community to match dollar-for-dollar her donation up to $50,000 by March 1 so we can reach our Phase 3 goal and begin the granting process as soon as possible.

PHASE 3 OPEN TO SUBMIT LETTERS OF INTENT (LOI)

Phase 3 of the San Diego Arts + Culture Challenge Fund is open to accept Letters of Intent (LOI) to apply from San Diego County 501.c3 mid-sized arts and culture organizations with budgets ranging from $1.5 Million to $4 Million based on a pre-COVID-19, 2019 Actual Operating Budget. Grants will be in the range of $30,000 to $50,000. 

WHY CHALLENGE FUNDS ARE STILL NEEDED

Based on current research by the Nonprofit Institute and a July 2020 study conducted by WolfBrown, non-profit mid-sized arts groups will need funds to regain their footing as they either reopen, have plans to merge or consolidate, or sadly, thoughtfully and legally close their doors. As demonstrated by our implementation of Phase 1 and 2, we have the capacity to be nimble and pivot as things change from month to month, but at this time, here are the Challenge priorities for Phase 3 grant funds:  

  1. Re-Start Capital – funds to support a coherent plan for programmatic reentry; 

  2. Risk Capital – funds to support planning and experimentation with promising new business practices occasioned by the crisis. This could include organization wide change in Equity and Inclusion strategies and/or; 

  3. Transformation Capital – funds for end-of-lifecycle transitions (e.g., mergers, consolidations), or to preserve or protect cultural assets in the event of insolvency.

BACKGROUND

The purpose of the San Diego Arts + Culture Challenge Fund is to raise money and to distribute gap funding to nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in San Diego City and County in response to the COVID-19 crisis.  In Phase I, the San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition partnered with the San Diego Foundation to provide emergency relief to small nonprofit organizations in San Diego County's agile and resilient creative sector.  32 grants were distributed totally $250,000.

 

In Phase 2, 225 donors supported relief directly to 121 artists that each received $1,000.  Phase 3 is in the fund raising process to support transformational support to mid-sized arts and culture or-ganizations to support programmatic reentry, planning and experimentation with promising new business practices occasioned by the crisis, and for or end-of-lifecycle transitions (e.g., mergers, consolidations or to preserve or protect cultural assets in the event of insolvency.  

Providing Mutual Aid for BIPOC Creatives Impacted by COVID-19

san diego artist relief fund

A message from Actor Leonardo Nam in support of the #SDArtistFund

SDRACC was proud to partner with Pacific Arts Movement on the San Diego Artist Relief Fund, a mutual aid campaign that raised funds for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) artists and historically marginalized creative workers in our region. 

 

The San Diego Artist Relief Fund distributed one-time $1,000 grants to individual artists in San Diego County who are in dire financial need as a result of COVID-19. 

 

WHO IS BEHIND THE FUND?

 

The San Diego Artist Relief Fund was organized by a diverse group of individual artists, organizers, arts administrators, educators, nonprofit founders, and advocates who love San Diego, and are passionate about developing a vibrant and equitable Arts & Culture sector.  Click here for a list of the good folks who helped shape this San Diego Artist Relief Fund. 

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Steering Committee


Matt Carney – Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts and Culture Coalition
Matt D’Arrigo – Director of Creative Youth Development, The Clare Rose Foundation
Alex Goodman - Secretary, North County Philanthropy Council
Jonathon Glus – Executive Director, City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Jill Hall –Artist, Author and Chair of The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Program
Victoria Hamilton – President, Californians for the Arts
Lee Ann Kim - Founder, Pacific Arts Movement
Susanna Peredo Swap - Founder & Executive Director, Vanguard Culture
Toni Robin – Principal, TR/PR Public Relations & Marketing
Felicia Shaw - Interim Executive Director, Women’s Museum of California
Lynnette Tessitore - Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition
Alan Ziter – Past Co-Chair, San Diego Regional Arts & Culture Coalition

special thanks to our phase 1 supporters