Administering Organization – Folk and Traditional Arts

Please note: Due to feedback from the field, the CAC is closing the current grant opportunity for Administering Organization – Folk and Traditional Arts 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 California Arts Council’s policies and practices prioritize racial equity and have a broad geographic reach into communities of all sizes and needs. These priorities include recognizing all art forms and artistic traditions that enable full and meaningful creative expression. Our mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all will be highlighted through this funding opportunity. 

The National Endowment for the Arts defines Folk and Traditional art forms as being “rooted in and reflective of the cultural life of a community and may share a common ethnic heritage, cultural mores, language, religion, occupation, or geographic region. These vital and constantly reinvigorated artistic traditions are shaped by values and standards of excellence that are passed from generation to generation, most often within family and community, through demonstration, conversation, and practice.” 

The Folk and Traditional Arts (FTA) grant program intends to redirect resources to build capacity at the local level by proposing to fund one Administering Organization (AO) that will regrant funds, provide technical assistance, and/or build capacity with artists and arts organizations in support of folk and traditional arts expressions. The AO will work directly with artists who belong to family, ethnic, occupational, religious, and/or regional cultural communities that practice traditional art forms. The forms of traditional expression can include but are not limited to: crafts, music, dance, ritual, and technical skills. 

This program centralizes local artists, and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. The CAC is ideally looking to fund one AO that has demonstrated capacity for statewide and regional reach. This funding opportunity recognizes that artists are integral to healthy communities, and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community, and fosters social progress. 

Eligible Request Amounts 
The AO grant will fund up to $1,000,000 for the following purposes: 

● Program administration costs of up to 10% can be applied to re-grant funds to artists and arts organizations, provide technical assistance, and/or capacity building. 

● The CAC is proposing to serve one AO for this program. However, if it is determined that multiple applicants will meet the requirement of implementing statewide and culturally specific engagement strategies to priority communities and trusted culture bearers, the CAC will consider distributing awards to multiple AOs. 

Funding Restrictions 
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. 

Matching Funds 
This program does not require matching funds. 

Application Links:

Online Application Portal:

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, 2023
Final Report DeadlineJanuary 31, 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. 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. Translation services may also be available upon request.

Staff Contact:

Leslie Giovanini (she/her/hers)
Arts Program Specialist

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