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Grant Opportunities

Apply for state arts funding! Grant season is in full swing at the California Arts Council! Fifteen programs are now open with nearly $35 million projected to be awarded, the most in the agency’s history. 

Funding is available to support community arts, arts for youth, arts and justice projects, and operational and field support. Apply now – deadlines begin October 25.


Artists in Communities: Up to $20,000 in support for artistic residencies in community settings.

Arts and Public Media: Up to $25,000 in support for nonprofit media projects building public awareness for the arts.

Local Impact: Up to $20,000 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.

Veterans in the Arts: Up to $20,000 in support for art projects to enrich the lives of our veterans and their families.


Artists in Schools: Up to $20,000 in support for integrating community arts partners as part of the regular school day.

Arts Education Exposure: Up to $20,000 in support for student attendance at arts performances and exhibits.

Arts Integration Training: $5,000 for arts integration training for educators facilitated by teaching artists.

JUMP StArts: Up to $50,000 in support for arts education projects for youth impacted by or at risk of being engaged in the justice system.

Youth Arts Action: Up to $20,000 in support for arts projects for youth outside of traditional school hours.


Cultural Pathways: Up to $30,000 for two years of support for arts programs in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups.

Organizational Development: Up to $5,000 in support for consulting projects for arts organizations.

Professional Development: Up to $3,000 in support for professional development and training for arts organization staff.

State-Local Partners: Up to $90,000 for two years of support for county arts leadership.

Statewide and Regional Networks: Up to $35,000 in support for arts service organizations.

All but three of the California Arts Council's grant programs are currently open. Arts and Accessibility, offering support for enhanced opportunities for arts participation by people with disabilities, will begin accepting applications in early 2020. Creative California Communities, supporting creative placemaking, and Research in the Arts, supporting original research on the arts, both run on a two-year cycle, reopening for applications in the fall of 2020.

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