Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) and Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53) joined together to host a workshop for local nonprofit arts and culture organizations on how to maximize their potential for acquiring federally-funded grants. The event, held at the Old Globe Theater in Balboa Park, had an attendance of more than 200 people and featured representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the California Arts Council, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the San Diego Museum of Art, and the New Children’s Museum.
“San Diego has long had a vibrant arts community driven by creative minds and a robust network of supportive non-profits and culture organizations,” Rep. Peters said. “Congresswoman Davis and I hope to provide as much information as possible about the grant process to make it easier for these groups to pursue the visions that they have for their work.”
“While the federal grants process can often be confusing and competitive, especially for grants in the arts and humanities community, it shouldn’t stifle a great creative idea,” said Rep. Davis. "By bringing together experts in the grant writing process, I hope this workshop gave the creative minds in our region the tools they need to realize their vision and to bring more grant dollars to arts and humanities programs in our region.”
The program included time for participants to ask questions of the panelists on subjects ranging from how to apply for a federal grant, which agencies and local entities can help with the requests, and the ability of Congressional offices to serve as a resource for nonprofit organizations in search of funding opportunities.
Congressman Peters serves the 52nd District of California which covers much of central San Diego County including Poway, Coronado, and large portions of the City of San Diego. Congresswoman Susan Davis serves the 53rd District of California which covers parts of Chula Vista, La Mesa, Spring Valley, parts of El Cajon, and the central portions of the City of San Diego.