California Venues Grant Program Guide

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Deadline Extended:
Applications NOW Due December 7th

Nonprofits that operate a live events venue may qualify grants of up to $250,000 through the California Venues grants program. Nonprofits can qualify even if they have received other types of support, such as the California Relief Grant, PPP, or EIDL. The CA Venues Grant Program requires a separate application from any of these other programs.

*Eligibility Update: Lendistry will now accept applications with the 2019 tax form!

While the Venues Grant application asks for the organization’s form 990 for 2020, many nonprofits don’t have one available yet, depending on their fiscal year. Now, where the 2020 form 990 is requested on the application, applicants can upload a note in PDF form indicating that the 990 has not yet been published and noting when it will be available.

CalNonprofits is partnering with CalOSBA and Lendistry to ensure that arts and cultural nonprofit organizations with qualifying venues know they can apply for this grant and help them through the process.

For more information about program guidelines and how to apply, visit

See below for recorded webinars on how to apply!

Eligible Organizations

Eligible organizations are those that fall under the following NAICS categories and meeting other program requirements.

  • 711211: Sports Teams and Clubs
  • 711310: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events with Facilities
  • 711320: Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events without Facilities
  • 722410: Drinking Places (Alcoholic Beverages)
  • 722511: Full-Service Restaurants

To locate your NAICS code, click here.

To see complete program eligibility, visit


Program opens 10/29/2021 through 12/7/2021

The Office of the Small Business Advocate has announced grants of up to $250,000 or 20% of the nonprofit’s gross earned revenue in California for the 2019 taxable year.



Upcoming Webinars

All of our webinars have been recorded. Find them on our YouTube channel.

How to Apply for the California Venues Grants Program
Join us as CalNonprofits CSBG Program Manager Sue Sigler, CEO Jan Masaoka, and Public Policy Director Lucy Salcido Carter answer your questions about the grant program, and go through the application process with an emphasis on how nonprofits can fit into the application form.

Speakers from CalNonprofits:
Sue Sigler, CSBG Program Manager
Jan Masaoka, CEO
Lucy Salcido Carter, Public Policy Director


CalNonprofits will provide application assistance and advocacy to help nonprofit organizations access the CA Venues Grant Program for small businesses and nonprofits.

Since the end of last year, we’ve helped thousands of applicants apply and work through other relief programs, most notably the recent California Relief Grant Program for small businesses and nonprofits. As the CA Venues Grant Program is a new state grant program, we will hear your issues and present them to our partners at the state and at Lendistry, which will be distributing the grants.




For questions about the content of your application:

Tara Graviss
(916) 905-5397

For technical questions related to website functioning or application status:

Hours: 7am - 7pm
Phone: (888) 984-1173

Please note: CalNonprofits has no control over the Lendistry application website. 


Help Other Nonprofits

toolkit iconThere are thousands of arts and cultural nonprofits – especially smaller ones, those in rural areas, and those in low-income and/or communities of color – that might not learn about this grant program as readily as larger venues in more urban areas. Take a minute to think of arts or community-based organizations with venues that you know and encourage them to apply.


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Information and support for this program are FREE! Do not pay for help completing or submitting this application.