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.

Eligible Request Amounts

Applicant organizations can request up to $75,000 for the one-year grant activity period.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant organizations must be designated by their County Board of Supervisors as a State-Local Partner in the county.

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.

Grant Program Overview

Overview video coming soon.

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.

Office Hours

Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance for the State-Local Partner Mentorship and State-Local Partners grant programs. Join Arts Program Specialist Jonathan Estrada and Arts Program Manager Josy Miller as they answer general questions regarding this program. Prospective applicants are welcome to drop in during any session; registration is not required. The SLP and SLP-M office hour schedule and links for each session are listed below:

Thursday, April 18, 4-5 p.m. – Click to join

Wednesday, May 8, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Click to join

Monday, May 13, noon-1 p.m. – Click to join

Program Timeline

Application OpensMarch 28, 2024
Application DeadlineJune 6, 2024, 11:59 p.m.
Panel ReviewApprox. July – August 2024
Funding DecisionApprox. September 2024
Funding NotificationApprox. September 2024
Grant Activity PeriodOctober 1, 2024
Estimated Arrival of FundsApprox. January – March 2025
Grant Activity EndSeptember 30, 2025
Final Report DeadlineOctober 30, 2025

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:

Jonathan Estrada
Arts Program Specialist

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