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Eight Grant Programs Now Open

Published: 01-15-2016

The 2016 grant application season is underway!
Guidelines and applications for seven of our grant programs are now available. With ongoing assessment of our grant programs and the addition of new programs, all guidelines and applications have been revised this year. Please read eligibility and program requirements carefully.

Wondering how to apply for one of our grants?
View an archived video of our informational webinar from February 4, 2016. This webinar provides a general overview of all of the 2016 grant programs, describes eligibility and requirements for each program, and gives tips and information about the application process. 


Open Programs:

The JUMP StArts program supports high quality arts education and artists-in-residence programs for at-risk youth within the juvenile justice system. Activities may take place in classroom, after-school, social services or incarceration settings throughout the many diverse communities in California. New this year is the addition of a JUMP StArts planning grant opportunity, to support a limited number of initial plans to incorporate community arts resources into the ongoing educational offerings of the juvenile justice organization. Deadline: March 8, 2016

Artists in Schools (AIS) supports projects that integrate community arts resources -- artists and professional art organizations  -- into comprehensive, standards-based arts-learning at school sites. New this year, we have added an optional Professional Development grant category to support co-learning opportunities for teaching artists, classroom teachers, and school administrators. Professional Development projects may supplement AIS residencies for students, or may stand alone.  Deadline: March 10, 2016.

Local Impact (LI) fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations that have limited access to the arts. Deadline: March 16, 2016.

Veterans Initiative in the Arts (VIA) seeks to increase equity, access, and opportunities for veterans to participate in quality arts programming that is sensitive and responsive to their unique experiences. VIA provides project and partnership support for nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and veterans' assistance agencies to reach veterans, active military, and their families. Deadline: March 24, 2016.

NEW GRANT PROGRAM! A new pilot grant program, Cultural Pathways (CP) is rooted in the California Arts Council's commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California's diverse populations. This program provides two years of operating support and a host of technical assistance and professional development activities to small and emerging organizations rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups. Register for the Cultural Pathways Grant Program Webinar on March 2, 2016.  Application Deadline: March 30, 2016.

Creative California Communities (CCC) supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a creative placemaking strategy. New this year is the addition of a CCC planning grant opportunity, to support a limited number of initial plans for creative placemaking partnerships. Deadline: March 30, 2016

Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Grants Program: The California Arts Council, in partnership with the National Arts and Disability Center, is pleased to announce that funds are now available for the 2016-17 Arts and Accessibility Technical Assistance Grants Program. Funds are available effective January 2016 - June 2016.