California Arts Council

State of California



The Arts and Public Media program supports multiplatform nonprofit media projects that demonstrate a clear approach to building public awareness and support for the arts. This grant program is rooted in the California Arts Council’s (CAC) vision to create a state where the arts are a central component of daily life and accessible to all, reflecting contributions from all of California’s diverse populations and fostering civic engagement.

An extensive evaluation project and subsequent report titled “Nonprofit Media Coverage of the Arts in California: Challenges and Opportunities” informed the CAC’s approach to supporting nonprofit media organizations in California, specifically as it relates to arts and culture coverage and related projects.

An applicant must be one of the following:
  • •   California-based nonprofit media organization* with a two-year history of arts programming
  • •   Local arts agency or unit of government managing a local public media station

*A nonprofit media organization refers to an entity with a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status engaged in disseminating information to the general public or a specific community through a newspaper, magazine, other publication, radio, television, cable television, or other medium of mass communication.

Program Goals

  • •   Demonstrate the impact and benefits of arts, culture, and creative expression through professional media storytelling and/or reporting.
  • •   Feature California and/or California-related artists and arts organizations, community arts projects, and/or arts education initiatives
  • •   Promote civic engagement, encourage collective problem solving, and build bridges across cultures.
  • •   Recognize that arts and culture have a direct impact on the health, welfare, and economic well-being of all Californians and their communities.
  • •   Activate community partner(s) from various arts and media, and non-arts and non-media sectors.
  • •   Foster community dialogue and engagement through innovative multiplatform arts and culture-based project activities, including but not limited to radio or television broadcast, digital media, interactive strategies, and/or live public events.
  • •   Provide paid opportunities for media professionals such as producers, directors, writers, designers, reporters, etc.



Staff Contact

Hilary Amnah
Arts Program Specialist
(916) 322-6502

Click Here for Language Assistance


Guidelines & Application Available:
December 12, 2017
Application Deadline:
March 15, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Activity Period:
June 30, 2018 - June 29, 2019