Creative Youth Development

Please note: Due to feedback from the field, the CAC is closing the current grant opportunity for Creative Youth Development 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
The Creative Youth Development program (formerly Youth Arts Action) is rooted in the CAC’s belief that arts learning is an essential tool for healthy human development and that it should be available to all young people throughout California. The CAC envisions that all of California’s young people are provided with meaningful, culturally responsive arts-learning experiences so that they can reach their full potential. 

Beneficiaries of Creative Youth Development projects include youth from infancy to 24 years of age. All projects occur outside of traditional school hours, taking place in arts venues, community centers, school sites, and other youth-oriented settings. 

  • Children ages 0-5 and school-age youth are a priority for this program, with successful projects demonstrating the ability to cultivate positive social and emotional development, as well as promote artistic expression and creativity. 
  • Support for transitional individuals, ages 18 to 24, are an additional priority, with successful projects demonstrating the capacity to engage with transitional youth in relevant, dynamic, and innovative ways. 

Examples of applicable projects include but are not limited to: arts projects in early learning, daycare, or foster-care environments; projects that support the transmission of traditional arts and cultural practices; youth leadership and mentorship opportunities in arts settings; and arts programming that supports workforce development and entrepreneurship. 

Application Links:

Online Application Portal:
calartscouncil.smartsimple.com

Guidelines – revise coming 5/27

Guidelines in Spanish – Coming soon

Frequently Asked Questions

Grant Resources page

Grant Review Panel Process

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 contact:

Natalie Peeples
(she/her/hers)
Arts Program Specialist
creativeyouthgrant@arts.ca.gov

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