California Creative Corps


The 2021 State Budget included $60 million one-time General Fund for the California Arts Council to implement the California Creative Corps Pilot Program, a media, outreach and engagement campaign designed to increase: (1) public health awareness messages to stop the spread of COVID-19; (2) public awareness related to water and energy conservation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery; (3) civic engagement, including election participation; and (4) social justice and community engagement. 

The CAC will open competitive grants to provide economic support to artists, ambassadors, and cultural workers and serve all 58 counties in California. These grants will go to local, regional, and statewide arts organizations that demonstrate strong engagement with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities to regrant funds to local arts and social service organizations, and to individual artists. This support will provide as broad a geographic reach as possible, while prioritizing communities that demonstrate the highest levels of need as indicated by the California Healthy Places Index.

California Creative Corps Program Development Community Panel 

Grant guideline development will begin with the convening of a California Creative Corps Program Development Community Panel (“Panel”). The Panel will include artists, culture bearers, creative individuals, and/or arts administrators that represent the priority populations to be engaged; representatives from other state departments and agencies engaged in public health activities; individual artists that are already working at the intersection of arts and wellness, the environment, election participation, and social justice; and potential funding partners. 

The panel will utilize the CAC’s Strategic Framework, including the Racial Equity Statement and Decision Support Tool, to ground their recommendations for program development. Panelists will receive $100 for each meeting they attend.

PLEASE NOTE: The California Creative Corps Program Development Community Panel is independent from the grant review panels which adjudicate grant applications during the California Arts Council grant season. You do NOT have to be an eligible grant review panelist to submit a self-nomination form for the California Creative Corps Program Development Community Panel (“Panel”).

Applications for regranting organizations open in early 2022.

Program Development Community Panel: Self-nomination survey

Interested in participating in the California Creative Corps Program Development Community Panel? Complete the self-nomination survey by November 12:

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