Impact Projects

Background & Purpose

The Impact Projects grant program intends to support collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues experienced by historically and systemically under-resourced communities in California at this time, including, but not limited to, social, political, and economic inequalities. 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 marginalization, incarceration/justice systems, access to education, poverty/economic disparity, health disparities, accessibility for people with disabilities, housing insecurity, violence, food insecurity, cultural/social justice, intergenerational learning, veterans’ issues, and environmental sustainability. Previous applicants to project-based programs such as Reentry Through the Arts and Veterans in the Arts, etc. are encouraged to apply through this program.

Matching Funds

This grant does not require matching funds.

Eligible Request Amounts

Applicant organizations can request up to $25,000 for the grant period.

Estimated Arrival of Funds

Distribution of awards will take place approximately between December 2023 and January 2024.

Grant Program Overview

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This video introduces the Impact Projects 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 Impact Projects grant program. Arts Program Specialist Natalie Peeples will discuss your organization-specific grant application questions. Advanced registration is required to participate in the Zoom meeting. Hours are offered as follows:

Tuesday, May 23, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. – Click here to register

Wednesday, May 31, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. – Click here to register

Featured Grantee: BoomShake Music | Photo by: Brooke Anderson

2022 Grantee Information:

List of Current Grantees

Program Timeline

Application OpensApril 25, 2023
Application DeadlineJune 6, 2023, 11:59 p.m.
Panel ReviewApprox. June – July 2023
Funding DecisionApprox. August 2023
Funding NotificationApprox. August 2023
Grant Activity PeriodOctober 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024
Estimated Arrival of FundsApprox. December 2023 – January 2024
Final Report DeadlineOctober 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. 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 
Arts Program Specialist

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