California Arts Council

State of California

Professional Development and Consulting

The Professional Development and Consulting (PDC) program assists arts organizations in building their capacity for success in two areas:

Professional Development: Funding will support professional growth and leadership training opportunities for individual staff members, artists, arts administrators or arts educators employed by the applying organization. Professional development activities could include:

  • Tuition or registration fees for in-state conferences, seminars and workshops
  • In-State travel expenses for conferences, seminars or workshops
  • Fees to work directly with consultants and career coaches

  • Consulting Services: Funding will support the hiring of consultants to work with staff to strengthen the operations of the applicant organization in areas related to programmatic, administrative, financial or technical capabilities. Consultant activities could include the assessment of, recommendations for and training related to:

    • Financial or strategic planning
    • Information technology
    • Program evaluation
    • Board or staff development
    • Audience development or marketing
    • Website development

    • The applicant organization must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization or local arts agency with a history of arts programming for a minimum of three years prior to the time of application.
    • Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying to and receiving funding from other competitive CAC grant programs as long as those funds support distinctly different projects or activities.
    • See guidelines for complete requirements


    Program Goals

    Provide opportunities for the field to grow and thrive through professional development and consulting services.


    Staff Contact

    Jaren Bonillo
    (916) 322-6584

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    There are two application deadlines in the Fiscal Year 2016-17 Grant Cycle

    • December 14th, 2016 for projects occurring between February 1, 2017 – June 30, 2017
      Note: The Americans for the Arts annual conference is being held in San Francisco in June 2017 and is an eligible professional development opportunity.
    • April 5, 2017 for projects occurring between June 1, 2017 – January 31, 2018


    An organization can only submit one application per year to this program – an applicant can submit one application for professional development activities or one application for consulting services only. If funded in PDC in the Fall of 2016, an applicant may not apply in the Spring of 2017. An applicant may apply at the next deadline if declined in the prior deadline.


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