Arts grant season has arrived

14 programs open, $21 million reasons to apply

CAC grantee BoomShake Music. Photo by Brooke Anderson.

Creativity is Californian.

That’s fact, not opinion. More artists live here than anywhere else in the U.S. Our creative sector is a significant factor in our position as the fifth largest world economy. Our diverse population brings an abundance of culture.

Simply put, California is creative because you are creative. And here at the California Arts Council, we’re here to serve you. It’s our job to maintain that uniquely creative identity by investing in the organizations that keep your artistic energy thriving and make our diverse communities healthy and vibrant.

With that said, the California Arts Council is thrilled to announce the opening of this year’s grant season! Applications are now available for 14 grant programs, with two additional opportunities opening later this year. We’re awarding $21.3 million to arts and culture projects supporting access, equity, and inclusion; community vibrancy; and arts learning — $5 million more than in the prior fiscal year.

What’s new for 2018

This season marks the return of Creative California Communities, our creative placemaking program, as well as Research in the Arts, supporting original research on the value and impact of the arts. We’re also excited to announce the launch of our newest grant program, Youth Arts Action, offering support for arts projects for youth outside of school time, and building upon the Arts Education Extension program that piloted from 2016 to 2018.

Also new this year is the ability for applicant organizations without 501(c)(3) nonprofit status to utilize a fiscal sponsor across every program category — an option previously allowed for most but not all grant programs.

Webinars & workshops

All through the months of October and November, the California Arts Council will host a series of online webinars and in-person workshops to provide general and program-specific information and aid organizations in the grant application process. Sign up now! Dates, descriptions, and registration are available here.

Quick tip: Our Grant Programs Overview webinar is a treasure trove of information. If you missed it, we’ve got you covered. Videos from each of our webinars will be posted to our website shortly after they take place.

Just the facts

Details and links for the 2018–19 grant opportunities now available are included below. More grant program information, including program-specific details, dates, guidelines, and staff contacts can be found here.

· Artists in Communities: Up to $18,000 in support for artistic residencies in community settings.
· Arts and Public Media: Up to $18,000 in support for nonprofit media projects building public awareness for the arts.
· Creative California Communities: Up to $150,000 for two years of support for creative placemaking projects.
· Local Impact: Up to $18,000 in support for arts projects in California’s historically marginalized communities.
· Reentry Through the Arts: Up to $50,000 in support for arts projects for formerly incarcerated individuals.
· Research in the Arts: Up to $50,000 for two years of support for original research on the value and impact of the arts.
· Veterans in the Arts: Up to $18,000 in support for arts projects to enrich the lives of our veterans and their families.

· Artists in Schools: Up to $18,000 in support for teaching artist residencies during the school day.
· Arts Education Exposure: Up to $18,000 in support for student field trips and assemblies.
· Arts Integration Training: $2,500 for arts integration training for educators facilitated by teaching artists.
· JUMP StArts: Up to $50,000 in support for arts education projects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
· Youth Arts Action: Up to $18,000 in support for arts projects for youth outside of school time.

· Organizational Development: Up to $5,000 in support for consulting projects for arts organizations.
· Professional Development: Up to $1,000 in support for professional development and training for arts organization staff.

Spread the word, join the conversation

Follow the California Arts Council on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation around arts grant season using #ArtsCA and #YouArtHereCA.

You art here, California.

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Learn more at

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