California Arts and Accessibility Grant Funding Now Available

LOS ANGELES – The National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA has announced the availability of 2019 Arts and Accessibility grants funding, in partnership with the California Arts Council. Applications opened last week for the statewide program, which offers financial support and assistance to increase opportunities to engage with the arts by people with disabilities throughout California by providing small but critical grants to individual artists and arts organizations.

Artists may request up to $3,000 for activities that advance their creative work and careers, including the creation of new work. Artist grants are for specific projects that contribute directly to their professional goals and development. Applications are encouraged from California-based artists with disabilities in all artistic disciplines. This grant is intended to support the employment and careers of California artists with all types of disabilities, including but not limited to artists with a physical disability, visual disability, hard of hearing or deaf, developmental disability, learning disability, mental illness or chronic illness.

California-based arts organizations may request up to $5,000 to support the inclusion of artists with disabilities in arts programming through provision of accommodations, or to increase the attendance and enhance the experience for audiences with disabilities.

Founded in 1994, the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community and the only center of its kind to provide national resources for artists with disabilities and training on accessibility in the arts. The California Arts Council and the NADC have partnered since 2000 to provide funding to artists with disabilities and to arts organizations seeking to make their programs accessible for all.

For more information, including guidelines, eligibility and applications, visit Applications are available on a rolling basis until funds are used.

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The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. The Council is committed to building public will and resources for the arts; fostering accessible arts initiatives that reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations; serving as a thought leader and champion for the arts; and providing effective and relevant programs and services.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Larry Baza, Juan Devis, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Jaime Galli, Donn K. Harris, and Louise McGuinness. Learn more at

The California Arts Council is committed to increasing the accessibility of its online content. For language and accessibility assistance, visit

Kimberly Brown

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