2022 Organizational Support Grants (OSG)

Eligibility

To be eligible for MKFA’s 2022 Organizational Support Grants, your organization must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Nonprofit arts institutions and organizations whose programming portfolio aligns with MKFA’s core values of critical thinking, risk taking, and provocation in the arts. Please look at past APG and OSG awardees for examples of organizations and programs that exemplify these values.
  • Have an operating budget of $5 million or less, be located in Los Angeles County, and have obtained an IRS Determination Letter reflecting your Los Angeles address.
  • Have at least two years of nonprofit status and two years of documented public programs by June of the application year. Additionally, organizations must be planning programming for 2022 as the application will ask for an upcoming artist(s) project description.
  • Organizations without nonprofit status can propose to use a fiscal sponsor, and these requests will be evaluated for eligibility on a case-by-case basis, at the Foundation’s discretion. Both the organization and the fiscal sponsor need to have been in operation for at least two years, be based in Los Angeles County as described above, and the application must come from the fiscal sponsor. See FAQ for details and contact the Foundation early to discuss fiscal sponsor plans.
  • Each nonprofit is limited to one submission when applying for their organization. Fiscal Sponsors can apply multiple times as sponsors as long as the organizations they are sponsoring meet the eligibility criteria mentioned above.
  • There is no restriction on past APG or OSG awardees. Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria and have been awarded an Artist Project Grants or Organizational Support Grant in the past are eligible to apply to the 2022 OSG.
  • Generally, MKFA grants are designed to support visual arts organizations that present contemporary art and art historically important exhibitions. The Foundation recognizes, however, that disciplinary boundaries are often fluid. Other types of presenting organizations with a history of interdisciplinary work, will be considered on a case-by-case basis at the Foundation’s discretion. Examples of organizations that might be of interest to the Foundation are organizations that present experimental music, movement-based practices that have a relationship to performance art, or experimental theater. Please email the Foundation with any questions at grants@mikekelleyfoundation.org.

Ineligible to Apply

  • Arts organizations with an operating budget of more than $5 million.
  • Arts organizations whose main focus is arts education or youth programs.
  • Arts organizations that curate through open calls.
  • Arts organizations that primarily fundraise through programming.
  • Art museums and visual arts organizations that are part of educational institutions (i.e., schools, colleges/universities) and do not have their own separate 501(c)(3) designation.
  • Municipalities and county government agencies, departments, and cultural institutions.

Timeline

  • September 24, 2021: Application made available through MKFA’s online grant portal
  • October 6, 2021, 1:00 PM PST: Online Zoom OSG presentation and Q&A for applicants
  • October 31, 2021: Application due through MKFA’s online grant portal
  • Spring 2022: OSG awards announced

Budget

You will be asked to provide an itemized budget detailing what the requested grant amount will cover. The requested grant amount can cover an organization’s operating costs; these are costs associated with your organization’s capacity to carry out programming, such as staff salaries, rent, utilities, artist project or exhibition expenses and other overhead costs.

Grants will generally range from $10,000 to $30,000 depending on need, size of the host organization, and the grant applicant pool. Please consider your request amount in proportion to your organization’s overall operating budget.

Review Process and Criteria

  • MKFA audits each application to verify that organizations meet all eligibility criteria. Ineligible applications will not be reviewed for grant consideration. For this reason, we encourage any organizations that are unsure if they meet eligibility criteria to email the Foundation at grants@mikekelleyfoundation.org to see if they should apply.
  • MKFA grants are awarded on a competitive basis and evaluated by an independent review panel. Panels are comprised of artists, curators, art writers and other arts professionals that are familiar with the Los Angeles arts community and various modes of artistic practices. Panelists change year-to-year and are announced when the awardees are made public.
  • Panelists evaluate eligible applications on the basis of: 1) need; and 2) programming portfolio.
  • Need is evaluated on the size of an organization’s operating budget in relationship to a variety of factors: funding sources, financial losses, and/or the business structure of the organization that influences the day-to-day operations.
  • Determination of whether or not an organization has the capacity to manage and utilize funds is also taken into consideration.
  • The programming portfolio should give the panel an idea of the strength of an organization’s past programming and one upcoming artist(s) project that will take place before December 2022.
  • MKFA equally weighs the programming portfolio and need⁠—a successful application will score high in both these areas.

The Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts reserves the right to deny any submission at its own discretion.

Application

To access the application click here.

Notification

Receipt of your application will be acknowledged via an automated email sent by Submittable.com. Please check your Spam folder for these notifications as they may be unintentionally sent there.

MKFA appreciates your patience during the application review process, as our grants team is small. Please do not contact MKFA about the status of your application. All applicants will receive notification of the panel’s decision in Spring of 2022.