Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief

Currently closed – Applications open in early 2022

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Purpose: What is the intended impact of this program?
The Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief grant program intends to provide relief funding to arts and cultural organizations who have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This grant supports the well-being of California’s cultural vitality by helping sustain a robust and diverse arts workforce and infrastructure. Funds may be used to support any eligible expenses associated with the general operations of an arts or cultural organization, including but not limited to rent, utilities, and staff salaries. Applying for this grant does not restrict an organization from applying for other CAC grants. General Operating grants are intended to support the applicant organization in carrying out its mission. Funding is not intended to support a specific project.

Eligible Request Amounts
Applicant organizations can request up to $30,000

Application Links:

Online Application Portal:

Guidelines – coming soon

Guidelines in Spanish – coming soon

Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Resources page

Grant Review Panel Process

2021 Grantee Information:

List of Current Grantees

Program Timeline: (coming soon)

Application Opens
Application Deadline
Panel Review
Funding Decision
Funding Notification
Grant Activity Period
Final Report Deadline

Staff Assistance

CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. We recommend that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated. Please note: staff assistance is not available after 5:00 p.m. on the day of a grant deadline. People who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf Blind, or have difficulty speaking may dial 711 to reach the California Relay Service (CRS). Large print is available upon request.

Staff Contact:

Josy Miller, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Arts Program Specialist

Leslie Giovanini (she/her)
Arts Program Specialist

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