Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Support

Background & Purpose

The Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Support grant program provides direct funding to arts and cultural organizations in support of ongoing operations.

Program Goals

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 project-based 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.

Funding Restrictions

Organizations with total revenue below $250,000 or over $1.5 million are not eligible for this funding cycle.

Matching Funds

A 1:1 match is required for this grant program.

Eligible Request Amounts

Applicant organizations can request up to $30,000 for this one-year funding cycle.

Grant Program Overview

Overview video coming soon.

This video introduces the Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Support grant application elements and how to apply through the CAC’s online portal.

Office Hours

Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance for the Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Support grant. Join Arts Program Specialists Leslie Giovanini and Carlos Casillas as they answer general questions regarding this program. Prospective applicants are welcome to drop in during any session; registration is not required. The Gen Ops office hour schedule and links for each session are listed below:

Wednesday, April 24, 1-2 p.m. – Click to join

Friday, May 10, 10-11 a.m. – Click to join

Wednesday, May 29, 2-3 p.m. – Click to join

Program Timeline

Application OpensMarch 28, 2024
Application Deadline June 6, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
Panel ReviewApprox. July – August 2024
Funding DecisionApprox. September 2024
Funding NotificationApprox. September 2024
Grant Activity StartOctober 1, 2024
Estimated Arrival of FundsApprox. January – March 2025
Grant Activity End September 30, 2025
Final Report Deadline October 30, 2025

Staff Assistance

Before contacting staff, check FAQs to see if application questions can be answered. If staff assistance is still required for guidance or clarification, email is the best way to contact Program Specialists. 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:

Leslie Giovanini
Arts Program Specialist

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