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2019 Menlo Park Grant for the Arts


  1. 1. Grant information
  2. 2. Contact Information
  3. 3. Rules and regulations
  4. 4. Performance information
  5. 5. Confirmation
  • Grant information

    1. PAC

    2. Grant information

      The Menlo Park Grant for the Arts (MPGA) is a grant designed for organizations looking to perform in a professional-grade theater. This grant is intended to help subsidize the cost of rental for new, small, and/or local organizations in an effort to support the Menlo Park artistic community. Ten (10) organizations will be selected each year and will be awarded $500-$3000 to be used toward subsidizing the rental cost of the PAC. Organizations that are not awarded the grant can still use the PAC at its normal rate by contacting the City of Menlo Park. This grant was created to increase the accessibility of the PAC by members of the community and to encourage the development of local artistic groups by providing a high-quality venue at a subsidized cost. Groups utilizing the facility will be listed on the PAC and City of Menlo Park website. Additionally, the city can provide some resources to assist in marketing efforts to help promote the event(s), if requested. MPGA applications will be accepted January 11 through March 1, or until funds are no longer available. Grants are valid for performances held from July 2019 through June 2020. Grants expire June 30, 2020. No applications will be accepted once all funding is awarded, but any organization can reapply the following year.

    3. Venue information

      In 2009, the City constructed the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center (PAC) in conjunction with Menlo-Atherton High School. This facility is available to the City of Menlo Park 55 days out of the year including six weeks during the summer. The Performing Arts Center seats 492 and contains professional-quality sound and lighting, an orchestra pit accommodating up to 80 musicians, and a full lobby and box office. Organizations may also rent the 150-seat multi-purpose space or other locations around the school during certain days. The venue has mainly been used for musical performances. It has also hosted touring dance companies, author lectures, documentaries, and live chamber music. The venue is available for a wide variety of performances including dance, theatre, musicals, film screenings, and many other art forms.

    4. Qualifications

      Applicants will be judged based on the following criteria:
      (1) Proximity to the City of Menlo Park (location/services/constituents);
      (2) If presenting in the PAC would greatly aid the organization; and
      (3) The planned performance aligns with the values of the City of Menlo Park (ie. fostering human development, connecting people to others, strengthening families, community, and providing a sense-of-place and material appropriate for all ages, races, religions, etc.).

    5. The MPGA may not be used for:

      The MPGA may not be used for:
      (1) Any religious purpose;
      (2) Political advocacy efforts;
      (3) Programs, projects or events not accessible to the general public;
      (4) Receptions and social activities; and
      (5) programs not occurring at the Menlo-Atherton Performing Arts Center.