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Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund


Clif Swanson with representatives from the 2016-17 grant recipients. L to R: SLO Youth Symphony, Orchestra Novo, Coastal Dance and Music Academy, Vocal Arts Ensemble, Festival Mozaic, Civic Ballet of San Luis Obispo, SLO Symphony, OperaSLO, Master Chorale, OperaSLO

Since arriving in San Luis Obispo as a Cal Poly music professor in 1967, Clifton Swanson has been a dynamic presence in our community arts scene. He founded the SLO Mozart Festival (now Festival Mozaic) and was the conductor of the SLO Symphony for 13 years. He was also an original member of the planning committee that led to the building of the PAC.

As a longtime Foundation Board Member and past President, Clif’s passion for our local artists has never wavered. In spring of 2016, the Foundation realized a long-term goal to give additional support to our local community nonprofits that perform in Harold Miossi Hall by establishing a grants program. To honor Clif’s outstanding commitment to our community performing arts, the Foundation named this grants program the Clifton Swanson PAC Community Access Fund.

Nearly $90,000 has been awarded to local arts groups over the past three seasons, funding that subsidizes the direct costs of performing at the PAC. In addition to contributions made by Foundation members, the Swanson Fund recently received a grant from the Henry W. Bull Foundation to further support SLO County’s extraordinary artists this season.

The 2019-20 Swanson Fund Grant Cycle is now open. 501(c)3 performing arts nonprofits who will perform in the PAC during the 2019-20 season can now apply for funding. Find the PDF application here.

The Swanson Fund Information Session will take place on Monday, March 4, 2019 at 3:00 PM in the PAC Founder’s Room. It is highly recommended that a representative from potential applicant organizations attend the Information Session. Please RSVP for the Information Session with erika@fpacslo.lndo.site.

The 2019-20 Swanson Fund Application due date is Friday, April 5, 2019. All applications must be received by 5 PM on this date. Please see the application for all submission instructions.

For more information on the application process or to find out how you can support this program, please contact Erika Neel at (805) 541-5401 ext. 1301 or email erika@fpacslo.lndo.site.