Please note: The CAC has reopened the funding opportunity for Arts Integration Training. Grant program guidelines have been revised for clarification of applicant eligibility, grantee requirements, and review criteria. Application submission deadlines have been extended by one week, from June 16 to June 23, 2022, to compensate for the weeklong closure to implement these changes.
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.
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.
Arts Education Office Hours
Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance for the Artists in Schools, Arts Education Exposure, Arts Integration Training, and Creative Youth Development grant programs. Arts Program Specialist Amy Garrett will discuss your organization-specific grant application questions, with participants admitted via a Zoom waiting room. Hours are offered Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12-1pm through June 16. Click here to register.
Online Application Portal:
2020 Grantee Information:
|Guidelines Published||April 28, 2022 / *Revised* May 27, 2022|
|Application Opens||April 28, 2022|
|Application Deadline||June 23, 2022, 11:59 PM|
|Panel Review||Approx. June – July 2022|
|Funding Decision||Approx. July 2022|
|Funding Notification||Approx. August 2022|
|Grant Activity Period||Jan 1, 2023 – Dec 31, 2024|
|Interim Report Deadline||January 31, 2024|
|Final Report Deadline||January 31, 2025|
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.
Arts Program Specialist