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No, your match can be any combination of cash or in-kind contributions but your match must be equal to or greater than your request. Read more about the budget in How to Create Your Art in the Parks Budget for step-by-step instructions.
Your total revenue that you show in your budget must match your total expenses.
All awardees are responsible for paying for the necessary permits. Cultural Services staff will be available to advise on permits and schedule a meeting between you and the departments issuing relevant permits.
Parks and Open Space fund for fee waivers is a total of $15,000 for all grant awardees. The amount of fees waived per event will be determined by number of grant awardees, scale and scope of events.
Please list a date or timeframe on your application (i.e., “one Saturday evening at the end of August”). Knowing your date or timeframe helps the selection committee approve programs that are evenly distributed between April 1 and October 31. If approved, you can work with Cultural Services staff during your advising appointment to select a specific date.
The park reservations fill up quickly and your preferred date may not be available. Please apply with your specific date to ensure your park is available on your date.
We encourage you to connect with the artists you would like to include in your program before you submit your application. Ask them what their rate is and how they would like to be involved in your program.
It is critical to plan for last-minute changes such as rain or wildfire smoke. Can your program continue using canopy tents or a nearby shelter? What planning can you put in place now if you need to postpone your program, such as having back-up reservations for visiting artists or a marketing plan to announce a change in date?
The 2024 Art in the Parks grant timeline begins in Fall 2023 in order to allow programming to be included in the 2024 Parks and Open Space reservation system that begins in December 2023.