Arts Integration Training

Please note: Due to feedback from the field, the CAC is closing the current grant opportunity for Arts Integration Training to clarify applicant eligibility, requirements, and review criteria. A newly revised release of the funding opportunity and guidelines will reopen on Friday, May 27. Application submission deadlines will be extended accordingly, from June 16 to June 23. -California Arts Council

Background & Purpose
Since 1976, the CAC has supported arts education programs that bring together local arts organizations, teaching artists, and school communities through its grants. The CAC’s arts education grant programs are rooted in the agency’s belief that robust, sequential, culturally and linguistically responsive arts learning is an essential tool for healthy human development, and that it should be a core element of the education of every student. The overarching purpose of our arts education grant programs is to expand participation in meaningful arts learning opportunities by supporting these activities in a diversity of settings and contexts for infants, children, and youth.  

In recent years, the CAC expanded the arts education grant programs, including the Arts Integration Training (AIT) grant. Awards of up to $5,000 per year support nonprofit arts organizations and teaching artists to plan and deliver professional development in arts integration strategies to classroom teachers, as well as site, district, and county-level administrators. Arts Integration Training projects should be designed to pave a pathway for increased equitable student learning in, through, and about the arts. This may be realized in a specific classroom, in all classrooms across a school site, or as a central strategy for a district- or countywide arts plan. The Arts Integration Training project can stand alone or be executed in conjunction with an Artists in Schools project. The project must be planned and implemented with collaboration between a nonprofit arts organization, teaching artists, and the educational entity, with full commitment from all participants.

Eligible Request Amounts 
Applicant organizations can request up to $15,000 for the two-year grant period. 

Funding Restrictions 
For organizations with total operating revenue above $250,000, the sum of requests for CAC grants during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of the total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year. 

Application Links:

Online Application Portal:

Guidelines – revise coming 5/27

Guidelines in Spanish – Coming Soon

Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Resources page

Grant Review Panel Process

2020 Grantee Information:

Program Timeline:

Guidelines PublishedApril 28, 2022 / *Revised* May 27, 2022
Application OpensApril 28, 2022
Application DeadlineJune 23, 2022, 11:59 PM
Panel ReviewApprox. June – July 2022
Funding DecisionApprox. July 2022
Funding NotificationApprox. August 2022
Grant Activity PeriodJan 1, 2023 – Dec 31, 2024
Interim Report DeadlineJanuary 31, 2024
Final Report DeadlineJanuary 31, 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. 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

Amy Garrett
Arts Program Specialist 

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