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California Arts Council
Advancing California through the Arts and Creativity
November 16, 2017

Grant season is here!

We’re less than two weeks away from the start of California Arts Council’s grant season—our grant opening, if you willand you’re all invited!

On December 5, eight of our grant programs will open for applications — with seven more to follow by the end of the month. Details and links to program offerings opening December 5 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

Mark your calendars! The countdown begins…

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

Sign up for our Informational Webinar

To kick off the grant season in style, we’ll be hosting an informational webinar on opening day, Tuesday, December 5, at 1 p.m. Program staff will provide an overview of the grant application process and highlight some changes and new additions to our grant offerings. Join us for tips for grant writing success and answers to your questions. Register now!

Open Programs

Discover all of the CAC’s grant opportunities at The following grant programs will begin accepting applications on 12/5/2017. 

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.

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.

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.

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