November 2, 2001

Commission for Arts and Culture Releases New Funding Applications for the FY 2003 Organizational Support Program

The City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture (Commission) announces the availability of the Fiscal Year 2003 Organizational Support Program (OSP) is to provide funding to non-profits arts and culture organizations that enhance the quality of life in the city's neighborhoods and pursue the vision of San Diego as a cultural destination.

Arts and culture organizations interested in applying should contact Rick Her-nandez, Arts Management Assistant at (619) 533-3042 to request an Intent to Apply Form and Application. The deadline for submission of the FY 2003 OSP Application is Friday, November 30, 2001. Applications must be postmarked by the deadline date or hand-delivered by 5:00 PM to: City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, Suite 555, 1010 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101. Late applications will not be accepted.

Two Technical Assistance workshops have been scheduled to assist applicant organizations in this process. The first workshop will be held on Monday, November 5, 2001 at 12 Noon. The second workshop will be held on Tuesday, November 6 at 4:30 PM. Both workshops will take place in the Large Fifth Floor Conference Room, in the West Tower of the Executive Complex Building, 1010 Second Avenue, downtown San Diego. All interested applicants are encouraged to attend. Unfortunately we are unable to validate parking so please plan your travel time accordingly.

The application workshops will provide new and returning applicants with an overview of the OSP application process, including eligibility and contractual requirements, review criteria and budget preparation.

The Commission allocates funding to arts and culture organizations whose primary mission is the creation, preservation and presentation of arts and cultural programming and/or support services to arts and cultural organizations. Applicants must have engaged in arts and cultural programming for a minimum of three (3) full years prior to the submission of the application.

Organizations must also be able to demonstrated proof of non-profit status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code at the time of application. Funding is derived from the City's Transient Occupancy Tax allocated in accordance with the City Council Policy 100-03 of the San Diego Municipal Code.

The Mission of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture is to vitalize the community by integrating arts and culture into community life, supporting the region's cultural assets, and showcasing San Diego as an international cultural destination.

For more information concerning the Organizational Support Program or other Commission programs and activities please call (619) 533-3050, or visit our website at www.sandiego.gov/arts/culture/.

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