The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all.
Each day, our grantees’ work brings us closer to a shared vision for a better California, one where arts, culture and creativity thrive on our streets, at our schools, and in our hearts—dismantling inequity, healing trauma, reframing justice, and shaping the future.
Grant Programs & Applications
Learn about state arts funding for organizations and individuals. Access current guidelines and applications.
View training and technical assistance resources including FAQs, training videos, webinars, and instructions.
Grant Applicant FAQs
A collection of answers to frequently asked application questions.
Learn about the critical role of peer review panelists in the grant application process and view resources for panelists.
Recent Grants Search
Searchable information about California Arts Council grant awards from 2010 to today.
View an interactive map of recent California Arts Council grantees.
Learn about the CAC's process with consulting firms Scansion and WolfBrown to evaluate the agency’s portfolio of programs, assessing the effectiveness of our grantmaking and contract-based funding.
Featured Grantee Photos (clockwise from top left): Dancers Group – photo by Lydia Daniller; CounterPulse – photo by Robbie Sweeny; Latino Center of Art & Culture; Stagebridge; San Diego Civic Youth Ballet; AXIS Dance.