Friday, January 22, 2016

NCAN Quarterly Meeting: Strengthening Support for North County Arts Community at Poway Center for the Arts

by Patricia Frischer

NCAN Quarterly Meeting
Thursday, January 21, 5 to 7:30 pm
Poway Center for the Arts
15498 Espola Rd, Poway 92064
More info Daniel Foster

This was the first meeting of 2016 for the North County Arts Network (NCAN).  The stage of the spectacular Poway Art Center was the setting for a fine spread of food supplied by Carvers Steaks and Chops with beer by Stones Brewery and a variety of wines as well. It was beautiful presented and much appreciated by the guest who were mainly art professional from North County but also a PR specialist from downtown and some representatives from Chula Vista, Lynette Tessitore-Lopez (City Cultural Arts Manager) and Karen Ann Daniels (Arts Engagement Programs Manager for The Old Globe) with the director of that program Freedome Bradley-Ballentine. It was especially nice to see the new OMA director,James Peck in the audience.We were treated to a Special Performance arranged by Poway Center for the Performing Arts by Berkley Hart. 

NCAN is developing a strong presence in the area with this series of networking gathering and the educational forum that make up the programs. On this occasion, we heard from three speakers that gives grants to art organizations. 

Trudy Armstrong, Director-Regional Affiliates, North County, San Diego Foundation

MS. Armstrong spoke about distinct areas where the art is or could find support. Although the SD Foundation distributes $50 million a year only a tiny fraction of that goes to the arts.

We all cheer to continuation of the Creative Catalyst grants which will continue for the next three years with $100,000 a year dedicated by a private donor at the SD Foundation for this purpose.

2016 Creative Catalyst: Individual Artist Fellowships

Deadline Fri, Feb 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. PST.

Application and Guidelines.
Artist Application Workshop

Thurs, Jan 28,  5-6 pm
The San Diego Foundation,
2508 Historic Decatur Road, Ste. 100, SD, 92106.
Please RSVP Today or by January 26 by 5p.m. 

The arts are normally part of the Gathering Place grants which award place making endeavors as part of a community enhancement initiative. The Community Affiliatess have their own pool of $3 with discretion of how they will be granted. This is part of the Pooled  Philanthropic program.

But the most exciting new opportunity might come eventually from a project starting in February for Collective Giving which is a special Arts and Culture Workshop put on for the donor advised funders who might want to know more about giving in our arts arena. Although non-profits will not be directly involved with this workshop it is worth filling out a Case for Support document which you can get from Amanda Lasik

An interesting question posed by Daniel Foster who was the moderator for this panel, was about the grant library that used to be house at the foundation. All those resource are now available onllne from Non-profit Management Solutions.  (Minimum membership fee is $100)

Sharon Omahen, Executive Director, Coastal Community Foundation

With a much small spending budget of $3 million in total, the Coastal Community Foundation does help start up non-profits by acting as their fiscal agents until they receive their own non-profit status. They work with a number of non-profits who have school programs for the arts to help fund their efforts but no longer initiate these programs. So they fund for example, OMA and the Lux with their existing outreach.  They are very careful, as is the SD Foundation, to be lead by the donor advised funds directions on our they want to see their money distributed. A funder might be asked if they are interested in expanding their interested once, but never pushed to do so. So a donor who likes music might want to support community concerts but not garage bands.

Roberta Walker, Grants Administrator, Supervisor Dave Roberts, County of San Diego (District 3)
The county budgets $10 million a year for the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. For this program, Supervisors are apportioned $2 million each to allocate to groups within their districts. A separate grant program, called Community Enhancement , uses the county’s transient occupancy tax receipts to strengthen organization s that promote tourism and economic development and improve our quality of life. Last year, Supervisors allocated $4,165,000 in Community Enhancement grants to nearly 600 groups.

For more transparency and more input , Supervisor Roberts now places the applications before members of the Third District Community Enhancement Review Committee. Only District 3 has such a panel which  includes representatives from Del Mar, Encinitas, Escondido, Solana B each and the four San Diego City Council districts overlaid by the Third District. To find the panelists, recommendations come  each year from mayors and city council members from these jurisdictions.

More information about the Community Enhancement Grants and the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program read this document by Dave Roberts. For grants questions, or to register for a grants workshop contact Roberta Walker: (619) 531.5178  

All three of these granting bodies use Guidestar to offically or unofficially validate non-profit applying for grants.  

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