Last year’s community grant recipients included youth and arts programs Photo by Edizen Stowell /

Last year’s community grant recipients included youth and arts programs
Photo by Edizen Stowell /

The Abbot Kinney Festival is more than a giant street party. Each year, organizers also give away thousands of dollars to fund community benefit programs with an emphasis on youth, community and the arts.

The nonprofit Abbot Kinney Festival Association is accepting applications for its Community Grants Program through Monday, Aug. 1.

Association board members will present checks to this year’s grant recipients during the festival, happening on Sept. 25. An annual draw of over 100,000 people, the festival is now in its 32nd year and includes more than 300 vendors, four live music stages, a KidsQuad activity center and three beer gardens.

“The festival’s free and a lot of fun, but the driving force behind it all is giving back to our community — to Venice,” Abbot Kinney Festival Association Director Donna Humphrey said.

More than $300,000 in festival proceeds has been invested back into community programs since 1984.

Past recipients include the Venice Symphony Orchestra, Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, LAPD Pacific Area Boosters, Boys and Girls Clubs of Venice, Friends of Westminster Elementary, Friends of Walgrove Elementary, Venice Arts, 826LA, reDiscover Science Center, The Learning Garden, STEMM Small Learning Center, Friends of Coeur d’Alene, Venice High School Robotics Club, Venice Arts Council, SPARC, A Window Between Worlds, Electric Lodge, Beyond Baroque, Venice Historical Society, Venice Community Garden, Venice Skateboard Association and the Venice Oceanarium.

The Venice Oceanarium’s Tim Rudnick said a 2015 community grant came at just the right time for the organization.

“We operate on a shoestring budget, and this grant will provide us the ability to expand our reach to visitors and locals alike,” he said. “This would not have been possible without the generous support of the Abbot Kinney Festival Association.”

— Regan Kibbee

Visit to apply.