Announcing the 2022 California Arts Council Grant Season

SACRAMENTO, CA – The California Arts Council (CAC) has announced the opening of its 2022 grant season, with applications now being accepted for seven grant programs during the first cycle of its funding opportunities. Additional opportunities will open this spring during Cycle B.

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. The Arts Council is California’s only public arts grants provider with funding that is accessible to all 58 California counties. As a state agency, the California Arts Council developed its 2022 grant season in service of its vision of a California where all people flourish from arts access and participation, prioritizing its racial equity goals, broad geographic reach, and inclusive of extensive public input.

“We are excited to kick off another year of grant opportunities for California’s arts and culture community, the largest of its kind in the United States,” said CAC Executive Director Anne Bown-Crawford. “This first cycle of funding focuses on our efforts to address geographic equity, enable autonomy and sustainability for smaller organizations, and to grow the strength of our local arts agencies and our partnerships with them. We are grateful to the community groups and leaders in the field that helped inform the structure of this year’s programming.” 

In an effort to make the agency’s grantmaking processes more effective and efficient, Council members voted to align grant activity periods with the fiscal year from which grant funds are allocated. To achieve this, the 2022 grant season will consist of two cycles, A and B, with applications opening in January and April, respectively.

Programs opening in Cycle A versus Cycle B are largely reflective of when current grant activity periods from our previous grant season will end. The two-part timeline also accounts for added time to develop new programs, and for programs that may be administered differently than they have been in the past. It provides an opportunity to receive outcome reports from programs to determine possible guidelines changes, allowing Council to invest more deeply in each program.

Grants Overview Webinar & Application Resources

Arts Council staff will host a live overview session on Wednesday, January 26 at 1 p.m., to help guide organizations through the application process for our Cycle A grant opportunities. Click here to register.

Details for the 2022 Cycle A grant opportunities available are below. More information, including grant-specific details, dates, guidelines, and staff contacts can be found at

Additional information for grant applicants, plus informational workshops, archived webinars and more can be found at

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2022 CAC Grant Opportunities


Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief – Up to $30,000 in operational funding for arts and cultural organizations, prioritizing small organizations.

Cultural Pathways – Up to $30,000 for two years of support for arts programs in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, or tribal groups.

Impact Projects – Up to $20,000 for collaborative projects that center artists and artistic practice in responding to issues currently faced by California’s communities.

JUMP StArts – Up to $52,500 for high-quality arts education and artists-in-residence programs and planning grants for priority youth and young people impacted by the justice system.

Reentry Through the Arts – Up to $50,000 for arts projects for return residents who have experienced incarceration.

State-Local Partners – Up to $65,000 for general operating support and technical assistance for county-designated local arts agencies.

State-Local Partner Mentorship – Up to $40,000 to establish a county-designated local arts agency in a county with no such identified agency.

Media Inquiries:
Kimberly Brown
Public Affairs Specialist

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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. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Lilia Gonzáles-Chávez, Chair; Consuelo Montoya, Vice Chair; Vicki Estrada, Jodie Evans, Stanlee Gatti, Alex Israel, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at

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