2021 Organizational Support Grants (OSG)


The 2021 OSG grant cycle is now closed. Please check back for more info on the 2022 grant cycle.

  • Nonprofit arts institutions and organizations whose programming portfolio aligns with MKFA’s core values of critical thinking, risk taking, and provocation in the arts. Organizations must focus on presenting contemporary arts programming. Please look at past APG awardees to see contemporary art programs that exemplify these values.
  • Nonprofit arts institutions and organizations with operating budgets of $5 million or less, located in Los Angeles County, that have obtained an IRS letter of nonprofit status reflecting their Los Angeles address, and focus on the presentation of contemporary art programming
  • Must have had nonprofit status for at least two years by June of the application year.
  • Must have had at least two years of current documented public programs by June of the application year.
  • Each nonprofit is limited to one submission.
  • There is no restriction on past Artist Project Grants awardees. Organizations that meet the eligibility criteria and have been awarded an Artist Project Grant in the past (even in 2020) are eligible to apply to the OSG.
  • 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 by June of the application year, 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 sponsorship plans.
  • Generally, MKFA grants are designed to support visual arts organizations. The Foundation recognizes, however, that disciplinary boundaries are often fluid. As such, 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.
  • The following types of organizations are ineligible to apply: arts organizations whose main focus is arts education or youth programs; 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; and municipalities and county government agencies, departments, and cultural institutions.


  • September 25, 2020: application made available through our Submittable online grant portal.
  • October 16, 2020: application due through our online grant portal
  • January 2021: awards announced


You will be asked to provide an itemized budget detailing what the requested grant amount will be used for. Budgets 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 fees and other overhead and programming 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 grants are awarded on a competitive basis and evaluated by an independent review panel based on the: 1) need; and 2) past work of the arts organization

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