City of Santa Ana COVID-19 Arts Relief Program

Deadline extended for one week – until Thursday, September 24 at 5pm

The COVID-19 Arts Relief Program, which is part of the CARES Act, is aimed at assisting individual artists and arts-related nonprofit organizations within the City of Santa Ana that have been affected by COVID-19.  The City has allocated $500,000 to this arts relief program. Grant awards will be based on eligibility and demonstrated need. Individual artists may receive up to $1,000 each and arts-related nonprofit organizations may receive up to $50,000 per applicant.

For arts-related businesses with 25 or fewer full-time employees (including owners), please apply to the Santa Ana CARES Small Business Assistance Grant for up to $10,000.

If you are an artist or an arts related organization whose primary mission is artistic in nature – and are able to receive federal funding – please scroll down for more information.


Main Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be an individual artist or arts-related nonprofit organization
  • Applicant must have been affected by COVID-19
  • Must be located within the City of Santa Ana
(Please see below for the full-list of requirements & documentation needed)

Awards can be used to support:

  • Rent
  • Payroll (may not be used to meet the same Payrolls you are paying for from funds you received from the Paycheck Protection Program, but may be used to meet Payroll after you have already depleted your Payroll Protection Program funds)
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Accounts payable
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Inventory

Reporting Requirements:

All arts organizations and individual artists are required to report how the funds were spent in accordance with Program requirements via a City provided portal. They will need to provide the following:

  • Certification regarding the use of grant funds
  • Documentation of grant expenses (Canceled checks, bank statements, credit card transactions)


Please read the eligibility requirements, in its entirety, prior to completing the application. Incomplete applications or those that cannot provide the required documents for the grant award, will be not be reviewed.

If you have any questions, please contact

Eligibility Requirements for Individual Artists

Individual artists must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must work professionally or vocationally in the arts. Artists will have been an active participant in the arts community (those whose life’s work is the arts, regardless of the income derived from work in the arts).
  • Artists that are independent contractors or are employees are eligible, including but not limited to, working artists, teaching artists, actors, choreographers, costumers, craftspeople, curators, dancers, designers, directors, exhibit preparators, musicians, stage technicians, writers, and others employed in arts & culture professions.
  • Must be a resident of the City of Santa Ana who is 21 years of age or older. Evidence of primary residence in Santa Ana must be provided.
  • Individuals who received prior Federal and State disaster funding are eligible; however, funding must be used on alternative eligible expenses.

The individual artist applicant must prove that they have been affected by COVID-19 in the following way:

  • Experienced a loss of income due to COVID-19 because of: cancelled or terminated performances, exhibitions, program, classes, events, residencies, and/or contracts; organizational closures; or loss of non-arts supplemental income or job.

Awarded individuals must supply the following documents prior to receiving the award:

  • W-9 form (will be sent after approval of application)
  • California ID or driver’s license
  • Proof of residency in the City of Santa Ana (ex: utility bill)
  • Documentation of loss of income (ex: email cancelling event or termination letter)

Eligibility Requirements for Nonprofit Organizations

Nonprofits must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Must be a nonprofit organization.*
  • Nonprofits with fiscal sponsors are eligible. Fiscal sponsors do not have to be located in Santa Ana.
  • Nonprofit must be an arts-related organization. Such organizations include but are not limited to museums, performing arts centers or presenters, orchestras, choral organizations, theatres, dance companies, literary arts centers, heritage sites, cinema & media arts organizations, arts education organizations, arts therapy organizations, and art festivals.
  • Nonprofit must meet the United States Small Business Administration definition of a small business concern.
  • Main place of nonprofit must be within the City of Santa Ana.
  • Home-based nonprofits are eligible for grant funding and must have a current Santa Ana business license.
  • Nonprofit must provide proof of operations for the past 12 months in the City of Santa Ana and must provide a current business license from the city. (Nonprofit business license [$40] — apply here)
  • Nonprofits who received prior Federal and State disaster funding are eligible; however, funding must be used on alternative eligible expenses.
  • Receiving $10,000 or more from this Art Relief Grant will disqualify the organization from receiving any other CARES Act-funded grants from the City of Santa Ana.

* In order to qualify, the nonprofit must be eligible to receive federal funding.

The nonprofit applicant must prove that the organization been affected by COVID-19 in one of the following ways:

  • Sales/revenues from the nonprofit are down 25% or more compared to the previous three months (Prior to March 1, 2020).
  • Nonprofit has had to lay off at least one of its employees (full or part time).
  • Nonprofit was forced to shut down by the state or local government.

Awarded nonprofits will have to submit the following documentation prior to receiving the award:

  • Two Bank Statements: April 2019 monthly bank statement and April 2020 monthly bank statement
  • Two Employee Lists: One from February 29, 2020 and one from April 30, 2020 (if applicable)
  • W-9 form (will be sent after approval of application)
  • City of Santa Ana Business License (Nonprofit business license [$40] — apply here)