State-Local Partners

Background & Purpose
The State-Local Partnership 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.

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 an agency of local government, a nonprofit organization, or a hybrid of the two.

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

Eligible Request Amounts
Applicant organizations can request up to $65,000 

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

Program Timeline

Application OpensJanuary 19, 2022
Application DeadlineMarch 9, 2022, 11:59 p.m.
Panel ReviewApprox. March – April 2022
Funding DecisionApprox. May 2022
Funding NotificationApprox. June 2022
Grant Activity PeriodSeptember 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023
Final Report DeadlineOctober 2, 2023

Staff contact:

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.

Josy Miller, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Arts Program Specialist

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