PAA Grant Guidelines

Pasadena Art Alliance Mission Statement

The purpose of the Pasadena Art Alliance is to foster appreciation for contemporary visual arts in Southern California by supporting artists, exhibitions, educational programs and art-oriented, non-profit institutions.

Grant Making Criteria

  • All proposals must fall within the purpose of the Pasadena Art Alliance as written in the Mission Statement and must articulate how the requested funds will advance the Mission Statement.  The specific need for the requested funds should be made clear.  Furthermore, the proposal should state the relationship between the proposed funds and “contemporary visual art.” If the proposed project has more than a purely visual component, please explain how the contemporary visual art component predominates.
  • For specific eligibility questions, please contact the Grants Chair before submitting your proposal at: .
  • Although grants are awarded to organizations throughout Los Angeles County, preference is given to those located in the San Gabriel Valley.
  • Funding is available only to qualified tax–exempt organizations, never to individuals.
  • Funding for educational support will be considered for college and graduate school programs only.  For educational programs for youth, please see the PAA Impact Award application.
  • Funding of capital requests will not be considered.
  • Funding for exhibitions of student work will not be considered.
  • The grant must be scheduled for use between March 1, 2023 and March 1, 2024.  If unusual circumstances require that the grant be used prior to or beyond this time frame, written approval from the Grants Chair must be obtained before submitting the proposal.  Without prior written approval, such proposals shall be deemed ineligible.
  • The Pasadena Art Alliance will be credited in all published and online communications concerning the grant project.
  • A final report outlining how the grant has been allocated, as well as the manner in which the PAA was credited, must be submitted to the Pasadena Art Alliance upon completion of the project.  An interim report must be submitted for any grant proposals that are not complete by September 1. No further proposals will be considered until this report is received. To easily access this report, immediate past year recipients may click Final and Interim Reports .

Guidelines and Requirements for Grant Proposals

In the spirit of going “green,” the Pasadena Art Alliance requests that applicants limit the number of pages in their grant proposals, including attachments. We discourage submission of excess material. Proposals should be printed double-sided in a simple 12-pt typeface and reflect that the applicant has read and understood the requirements.

Proposals will not be considered unless they include the following:

  • Cover letter stating the total amount of funds requested, the total project budget, a succinct description of the project, the project dates, and the name and contact information for the project supervisor, including email address and telephone contact information.
  • Narrative describing the project in detail, including a well-defined explanation of the audience who will benefit from PAA funding.
  • How the requested funds will advance the PAA’s Mission Statement, as set forth above.
  • Digital images, representative of the project, should be submitted BOTH in the text of the written grant proposal AND separately in either .jpeg, .jpg, or .png format to
  • Detailed and complete budget of the proposed project, including secured or pending sources of funding
  • Current Board of Directors list for your organization.
  • Information regarding financial support for your organization.
  • Itemized list of attachments.

Application Deadline

Twenty-four (24) stapled copies of the proposal and one (1) stapled copy of the organization’s complete current financial statements, and one (1) copy of the IRS letter confirming your tax-exempt status must be postmarked no later than September 15, 2022 and submitted to:

Grants Chair
c/o Pasadena Art Alliance
1028 North Lake Avenue, Suite 104
Pasadena, CA 91104

Grant applicants will be informed of the final decision concerning their application no later than March 1st, 2023.