Administering Organization – Folk and Traditional Arts

Background & Purpose 

The Folk and Traditional Arts (FTA) grant program intends to redirect resources at the local level by proposing to fund one or more Administering Organizations (AO) with demonstrated capacity for statewide and regional reach 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 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. 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 per year for two years for the following purposes:

  • Program design and implementation costs of up to 30% can be used for program design and implementation, including up to 10% to support administrative costs and 20% for staff salaries for artists and culture bearers to implement required program activities (see “Administering Organization Requirements,” above).
  • 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 engagement strategies to priority communities and trusted culture bearers, the CAC will consider distributing awards to multiple AOs.
  • Funding is contingent upon availability of funds and passage of the state budget for 2023-24 and 2024-25. Funds will be paid out at $1,000,000 during the first program year and $1,000,000 during the second program year, contingent on passage of the state budget for each year.

Matching Funds 

This program does not require matching funds. 

Estimated Arrival of Funds

1st year funds: March – April 2024; 2nd year funds: March – April 2025

Grant Program Overview

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This video introduces the Administering Organization: Folk and Traditional Arts grant application elements and how to apply through the CAC’s online portal.

Office Hours

Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance for the Administering Organization – Folk and Traditional Arts grant program. Arts Program Specialist Leslie Giovanini will discuss your organization-specific grant application questions. Advanced registration is required to participate in the Zoom webinar. Hours are offered as follows:

Thursday, June 1, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. – Click here to register

Program Timeline

Application OpensApril 25, 2023
Application DeadlineJune 6, 2023, 11:59 PM
Panel ReviewApprox. June – July 2023
Funding DecisionApprox. August 2023
Funding NotificationApprox. August 2023
Grant Activity PeriodJanuary 1, 2024 – December 31, 2025
Estimated Arrival of Funds1st year funds: March – April 2024;
2nd year funds: March – April 2025
Final Report DeadlineJanuary 31, 2026

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:

Leslie Giovanini 
Arts Program Specialist

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