JUMP StArts

Please note: Due to feedback from the field, the CAC is closing the current grant opportunity for JUMP StArts (Cycle B) 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

The JUMP StArts program supports arts and culture education, apprenticeship and/or mentorship via artists-in-residence programs for system-engaged, system-impacted, and/or at-promise youth and young people through the age of 24. Activities may take place during or outside of traditional school hours at state- or county-operated correctional facilities; public settings; online; and at arts and culture venues, community centers, school sites, youth centers, and intergenerational settings.

Projects should prioritize system-engaged, system-impacted, and/or at-promise youth or youth who are especially vulnerable to be impacted by or engaged in the justice system, and the project should be tailored specifically to respond to their needs.

The JUMP StArts program has two project grant strands. Organizations may apply for and receive funding for projects in one strand:

  • JUMP StArts – State Facilities
  • JUMP StArts – Community Spaces and/or County Facilities

Planning grants are also available to support arts organizations in the process of developing an arts project for system-engaged youth.

Eligible Request Amounts
Applicant organizations can request:

  • $2,500 for a planning grant
  • Up to $50,000 for a full project grant
  • Up to $52,500 for a planning and project grant if each request is in a different funding strand: Community Spaces and/or County Facilities and State Facilities

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. 
  • If you have previously been funded by this grant in Cycle A, you may only apply to the same funding strand if your project content differs from your previously funded project (ex: Funding for Cycle A & B in the State Facility strand with different project content). You may apply with the same project content only if you are serving a different population or different facility (ex: Same project content for Cycle A & B, serving two different County Facilities and/or Community Spaces). 

This grant does not require matching funds.

Featured Grantee:
Armory Center for the Arts

Cycle B Program Timeline:

Guidelines Published April 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. 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
jumpstartsgrant@arts.ca.gov

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