Cultural Pathways

Background & Purpose
The Cultural Pathways program is rooted in the CAC’s commitment to serving the needs of an increasingly demographically complex California, and the belief that a healthy arts ecosystem reflects contributions from all of California’s diverse populations. 

The purpose of the Cultural Pathways program is to strengthen the capacity of small, new, and emerging arts organizations that are rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups, and to anchor the cultural and creative work of these organizations into the cultural landscape of the state.

Total Operating Revenue
Applicants must have a total operating revenue at or below $150,000 for each of the last two completed fiscal years.

Eligible Request Amounts
Applicant organizations can request up to $30,000 for the two-year grant period.

Program Timeline

Application OpensJanuary 19, 2022
Application DeadlineMarch 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
Panel ReviewApprox. March – April 2022
Funding DecisionApprox. May 2022
Funding NotificationApprox. June 2022
Grant Activity PeriodSeptember 1, 2022 – August 31, 2024
Interim Report DeadlineOctober 2, 2023
Final Report DeadlineSeptember 30, 2024

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

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