California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners

The California Arts Council announced Yerba Buena Center for the Arts as the Administering Organization for the program during the August 25, 2021 business meeting. YBCA is now accepting applications California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners. For more information,

Please note: All information below is archived information regarding the Administering Organization grant.

Purpose: What is the intended impact of this program?
Given the CAC’s commitment to racial equity, the CAC is seeking applications for an Administering Organization to manage a regranting program that provides rapid relief support grants to artists and cultural practitioners of color across the state of California who face dire economic consequences due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Administration
Administering Organization (AO)
The AO will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the rapid relief grant program, including but not limited to: development of program components and timeline; implementing statewide and culturally specific engagement strategies to priority communities and trusted culture bearers; regular reporting to and collaborating with the CAC on expanded outreach to ensure diverse statewide representation of applicants; management of the application processes for artists through implementation, screening applications, award management, and regular reporting to CAC.

The AO grant will be for approximately $1,361,875, for the following purposes:

  • Program administration of the grant activities
    • Up to $108,950 (8%) can be applied for this purpose
  • Regranting awards of unrestricted funds to individuals
    • Grants of $1,000 each

Program Timeline:

Application OpensDecember 18, 2020
Application DeadlineFebruary 25, 2021 11:59:59 PM
Panel ReviewApprox. April – May 2021
Funding DecisionApprox. June – July 2021
Funding NotificationApprox. June – July 2021
Grant Activity PeriodOctober 1, 2021 – September 30, 2022
Final Report DeadlineNovember 1, 2022

Staff Assistance

IMPORTANT: Please read the grant guidelines, application instructions, and grant applicant FAQs before contacting staff.

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. Due to a very high volume of inquiries, there may be a delay in our response. 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

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