Grant season is here!

(Updated December 12, 2017)

Our “grant” opening has arrived!

As of December 12, 14 of our grant programs are open for applications. Details and links to program offerings now open are below.

State arts funding saw a significant permanent increase this year. Greater investment equals greater opportunity to meet the demand for arts and cultural experiences across California. This grant season stands a good chance of beating the number of grants awarded for the 2016-17 fiscal year—already more than we’ve awarded in more than a decade!

The California Arts Council invests in California nonprofit organizations and units of government via competitive grant programs, administered through a multistep public process. Program details including availability, application deadlines, guidelines, and more can be found at

Does your organization want to make a difference through culture and creative expression? The California Arts Council can help — it’s grant season!

Review Our Informational Webinar

To kick off the grant season in style, we hosted an informational webinar on opening day. Program staff provided an overview of the grant application process and highlighted some changes and new additions to our grant offerings, offered tips and answered questions. Not to worry, we’ve got the video for you in case you missed it!

Open Programs

Discover all of the CAC’s grant opportunities at The following grant programs are now accepting applications as of 12/12/2017. 

ARTISTS IN COMMUNITIES: Up to $18,000 for artist residencies in community settings.

ARTS EDUCATION – ARTISTS IN SCHOOLS: Up to $18,000 for collaborative arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place on school sites during the school day.

ARTS EDUCATION – EXTENSION: Up to $18,000 for arts education projects for students from infancy through Grade 12 taking place after school or during the summer, either on school sites or in community settings.

ARTS EDUCATION – EXPOSURE: Up to $18,000 for field trip and assembly support to expose students from infancy through Grade 12 to performances and exhibits.

ARTS EDUCATION – PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: $2,500 to support arts integration training for classroom teachers facilitated by teaching artists.

ARTS AND PUBLIC MEDIA:  Up to $18,000 to support the production and programming of multiplatform nonprofit media projects centered on the arts and culture in California.

CULTURAL PATHWAYS: Up to $20,000 over two years to strengthen the capacity of small organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.

JUMP STARTS: Up to $50,000 for collaborative arts education projects for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

LOCAL IMPACT: Up to $18,000 for community-driven arts projects by small and mid-sized arts groups.

ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Up to $5,000 for consulting projects to build capacity of arts organizations.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: Up to $1,000 for access to professional development resources and networks to strengthen the business acumen of individuals employed by arts organizations.

REENTRY THROUGH THE ARTS: Up to $50,000 for arts projects supporting formerly incarcerated adults.

STATEWIDE AND REGIONAL NETWORKS: Up to $30,000 to support statewide and regional arts service organizations that serve as networks for artists, constituent organizations, and cultural communities.

VETERANS IN THE ARTS: Up to $18,000 for arts projects for veteran communities.


Get the Word Out

The more, the merrier: We want to continue to grow our grantee family! We’re asking for your help to spread the news to would-be first-time applicants about the California Arts Council’s many opportunities for state arts funding. Share this flyer and encourage all to apply! Complete details on open programs and upcoming deadlines can be found on our website at

13 thoughts on “Grant season is here!

  1. Crystal J.

    I too, would like to attend an informational webinar either on a weekend or in the evening during the week, as I too, will be teaching between the hours of 1-2 p.m.


  2. Crystal J.

    I too, would like to attend an informational webinar either on a weekend or in the evening during the week, as I too, will be teaching frim 1-2 p.m.


    1. Hi, Chris! Not to worry – we’ll post the recorded video of the webinar to our website ASAP after it takes place, so even those unable to attend will be able to benefit from the overview and the questions asked. If your specific question is not addressed, you can always reach out to the staff contact associated with the grant program you are interested in!


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  6. Mary Crescenzo

    Is there a roster of teaching artists so those who are applying for grants can find qualified and specialized teaching artists to partner with for the grants they are applying for? As a Los Angeles master teaching artist in various disciplines and specializing in arts with older adults, I feel there is a gap for me to connect with organizations and for the organizations to find me. I am currently on the teaching artist roster of Lifetime Arts, based in NY, and this roster works wonderfully to match artists and arts education and engagement programs. What can we do to find better ways to connect? Thanks.


    1. Mary, the California Arts Council doesn’t maintain a roster of teaching artists, but the recommendation from Ben above is a great resource (thanks, Ben!). And being in densely populated part of the state like L.A., we’d also recommend reaching out to your local county and city arts organizations as well.


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