Impact Projects

Purpose: What is the intended impact of this program?
The Impact Projects grant program intends to support collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues facing California at this time, including the pervasive social, political, and economic inequalities experienced by those communities most vulnerable to, and adversely affected by, the COVID-19 pandemic. This program prioritizes local artists and forms of arts and cultural expression that are unique to, and/or historically rooted in, the specific communities to be served.

Impact Projects grants support arts organizations for collaborations between local artist(s) and community members to develop and express their own creative and artistic goals and address a community-defined need. Collaborative projects will utilize various creative practices to impact social issues affecting their communities, including but not limited to systemic/structural racism, education, poverty, health disparities, housing insecurity, violence, food insecurity, cultural/social justice, intergenerational learning, environmental sustainability, and the digital divide.

Applying for the Impact Projects grant does not restrict an organization from applying for other CAC grants.

Eligible Request Amounts
Applicant organizations can request up to $18,000 for the grant period. This grant does not require matching funds.

Application Links:

Online Application Portal: calartscouncil.smartsimple.com

Grant Guidelines (coming soon)

Grant Guidelines in Spanish (coming soon)

Application Instructions (coming soon)

Application Instructions in Spanish (coming soon)

Overview Video

Coming soon

Program Timeline:

Application OpensNovember 30, 2020
Application DeadlineFebruary 2, 2021
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

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. 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.

Organizations with budgets including total operating revenues of less than or equal to $250,000 seeking technical assistance should contact:

Josy Miller, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Arts Program Specialist
josy.miller@arts.ca.gov
(916) 826-0068

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Josy.

Organizations with budgets including total operating revenues of more than $250,000 seeking technical assistance should contact:

J. Andrea Porras (they/them/theirs)
Arts Program Specialist
andrea.porras@arts.ca.gov
(916) 826-2218

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Andrea.

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