State-Local Partners

Background & Purpose

The State-Local Partners (SLP) program provides general operating support and technical assistance for county-designated local arts agencies. The purpose of the program is to foster cultural development on the local level through a partnership between the State and the counties of California. The nature of this partnership includes funding, information exchange, cooperative activities, and leadership. The partnership enables individuals, organizations, and communities to create, present, and preserve the arts of all cultures to enrich the quality of life for all Californians.

A local arts agency is defined as the official county-designated organization that supports arts and cultural activity in service to individuals and communities throughout an entire county. Local arts agencies provide financial support, services, and/or other programming to a variety of arts organizations, individual artists, and the community. A local arts agency can be a unit of local government or a nonprofit organization.

Matching Funds

This program requires a 1:1 match of award funds for organizations with Total Revenues (TRs) of $1,000,000 or more in their most recently completed fiscal year.

Eligible Request Amounts

Applicant organizations can request up to $75,000.

Estimated Arrival of Funds

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

Click here to view the current directory of county arts agencies.

To find information about State-Local Partners who participated in the county arts agency CARES funding regranting program in 2020, visit

Office Hours

Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance for the State-Local Partners grant. Join Arts Program Specialist Josy Miller Join as she answers general questions regarding this program. Office hours are structured to be a “drop-in” format. Audience members are welcomed to join and exit as needed.

This video introduces the State-Local Partners/State-Local Partner Mentorship grant application elements and how to apply through the CAC’s online portal. Click here to watch.

Hours are offered as follows:

Thursday, May 18, 9-10 a.m. – Click here to join the meeting

Thursday, May 25, 9-10 a.m. – Click here to join the meeting

Friday, May 26, 9-10 a.m. – Click here to join the meeting

Wednesday, May 31, 12-1 p.m. – Click here to join the meeting

Thursday, June 1, 9-10 a.m. – Click here to join the meeting

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 FundsDecember 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:

Josy Miller, Ph.D. 
Arts Program Specialist

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