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Posted on: July 24, 2018

Neighborhood Public Art Mini-Grants

Civic Center Campus

Call for Entries for FY 2018-19

The Neighborhood Public Art (NPA) Mini-Grant Program is now seeking applications for FY 2018-19.  The grants are designed to stimulate arts and culture in the Richmond community, help emerging artists of all ages and ethnicities, and fund local visual, literary, and performing art projects. Since 1997 the NPA program has been sponsored by the Richmond Arts & Culture Commission (RACC), and has engaged hundreds of community members in art projects all over Richmond.

What an NPA Mini-Grant does: 

  • Provides local artists/organizations/community members with entry level funding
  • Trains applicants in how to meet deadlines, make budgets, and complete projects
  • Enables the community to learn artistic skills by participating in the grants
  • Helps emerging artists to pass on their skills to others: “each one teach one”

Award Amounts:

Small:  $500-$3000      Medium: $3000-$5000      Large:  $5,000-$8000


The RACC will award a total of $65,000 in grant funds. Grantees may receive less than their proposed amount, but not more. Once awarded, recipients will enter into a contract with the City, and then receive their grant allocation to begin the project. An art commissioner will be assigned to assist each project manager.


Eligible Art Forms:  Visual arts (media, painting, graphics, ceramics, mosaic, crafts, or sculpture); performing arts (spoken word, music, dance, theater); and literary arts. Applicants may apply as individuals, with partners, or as an arts organization. If you are already doing a creative project and need additional funding, you are eligible to apply for a Mini-Grant.

Important Dates:

  • Call for Entries: Opens July 23rd, 2018 – Closes September 21st, 2018
  • Mandatory Grant Application Workshop: Saturday, August 25th from 1 – 2:30 pm at City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond Conference Room, at Barrett and 27th Street. If you are planning to apply for a grant, you must attend or send someone in your place. The workshop will help you with the application process and any NPA program questions you may have.
  • Application Deadline: September 21st , 2018 
  • Send your applications to: Michele Seville, Arts & Culture Manager, 440 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond, CA 94804 or email them to: (There is no application fee.)
  • Applicant Presentations:
  • Presentations to the art commission will be on Thursday, September 27th & Thursday, October 4th, 2015. Applicants may state their preferred date when they apply, and must attend their assigned RACC meeting date prepared to present their proposal.
  • The meetings will be at City Hall, 450 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond Room, main floor. They will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. Allocated presentation time: 10 minutes. Please notify us if you will be including audio/visual elements in your presentation.
  • Grant Duration: Once the grantees have been decided, contracts will be awarded. The grant project will go from December 2018 through August 30, 2019 (9 months).

To apply, please fill out the Application Form as directed. The application deadline is September 21st, 2018.

 For questions, please call Michele Seville at (510) 620-6952 or email

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