California Arts Council

State of California

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February 03, 2014Caitlin Fitzwater

Grant Opportunities from the California Arts Council

Applications are now being accepted for five grant programs, two of which are new programs created by one-time funds from the California State Assembly


 Applications are now being accepted for five grant programs supporting arts education, arts and juvenile justice programs, and arts initiatives aimed at improving communities across the state.

Interested applicants are encouraged to review program guidelines and apply by the identified deadlines. Webinars reviewing detailed program guidelines for the two new grant programs will be conducted on the dates noted below.

New Grant Programs

In July 2013, the California Arts Council received $2 million in savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. The funds, directed to support arts and arts education programs in California communities via grants or direct services, must be encumbered during the 2013-2014 fiscal year and will not be used for administrative costs at the agency. The following two programs are supported by these funds:

The Creative California Communities Program (CCC) supports exceptional projects that harness arts and culture as a key economic development or arts service strategy for communities of all sizes, with grant awards up to $100,000.


The JUMP StArts Program supports high-quality arts education and artists-in-residence programs/projects for at-risk children/youth within the juvenile justice system in classroom, after-school, or incarceration settings in diverse communities and geographical settings.

Signature Grant Programs

The Artists in Schools Program supports the valuable link between community arts resources-professional teaching artists and arts organizations-with local schools/school districts by funding residency activities emphasizing long-term, in-depth arts education during school hours or in after-school programs.


The Creating Places of Vitality Program (CPV) supports rural and underserved communities through grant opportunities for small arts organizations. Through the arts, CPV offers opportunities to encourage creative innovation and to engage in meaningful cultural activities that create a distinct sense of place in neighborhoods and communities.


The Statewide Networks Program (SN) supports culturally specific, multicultural, and discipline-based statewide and regional arts networks and service organizations. Its goal is to strengthen an organization's capacity and delivery of services to its constituents through communications, professional development opportunities, networking and arts advocacy.


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The Mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the arts and creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Wylie Aitken, Vice Chair Susan Steinhauser, Michael Alexander, Christopher Coppola, Andrew Green, Donn K. Harris, Charmaine Jefferson, Terry Lenihan, William Turner, and Rosalind Wyman


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