Grants and Awards


Since 1976, we have given grants on an annual basis to projects that meet our rigorous process and standards. Funds are granted to established as well as unconventional institutions, and we pride ourselves on championing the difficult and nontraditional. All grants must support our mission which reads:

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.

Application deadline for the grants cycle is September 15 of each year and site visits are conducted in the Fall for those institutions meeting our criteria. Grant applicants will be informed of the final decision concerning their application no later than March 1.  The current grants awarded are listed here. For more information about submitting a proposal, see the Grant Making Criteria and Guidelines and Requirements on the Grants page.


The Pasadena Art Alliance Impact Award, created in 2015 to commemorate our 60th Anniversary honors organizations that impact youth through contemporary art education.  The 2017 Impact Award winner is Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), who received the 2nd annual award and a check for $25,000, in recognition of its impact on at-risk youth of all ages through its exceptional visual arts program.  This program, one of many academic, arts and athletic programs at HOLA, engages about 300 students each year, offering over 100 classes in 22 different art forms.  HOLA uses the creative process to develop the whole child and create innovative, socially aware thinkers.  HOLA empowers students to develop their potential, pursue their education and strengthen their communities.  PAA is proud to honor Heart of Los Angeles for over 25 years of success at changing the lives of youth, the essence of the Impact Award.

The purpose of this award is:

To showcase excellence in visual art education with an award to a non-profit organization that impacts youth through contemporary visual art.

This award, which will be given to one institution per year, complements our grants program by supporting our community’s budding artists.  Unlike a grant, the award is not given for a specific purpose but is to be used as the organization sees fit to continue the educational efforts for which it is being honored. Application deadline for the award is February 1, and site visits will be conducted in the early Spring for the finalists. Award recipients will be notified by June 1. For more information see the Impact Award Criteria on the Awards page.