California Arts Council

State of California

Research in the Arts

Piece by Piece

The Research in the Arts grant program was developed in order to foster original research on the value and impact of the arts. In the pilot year of the program, the CAC will award 4-8 project grants of up to $50,000 to California-based scholars and research teams. At the end of the grant period, grantees will produce at least one article-length research paper ready for publication.

The Research in the Arts program runs on a two-year grant cycle. The next application will open in the Fall of 2018.

  • Lead applicants must be nonprofit, tax-exempt entities or units of government, including but not limited to institutions of higher learning. Applicants will take full responsibility for the administration of grant funds, but may partner with additional organizations to facilitate the project.
  • Eligible projects may include individual scholars or teams of researchers, and must focus on the value and impact of the arts in dedicated artistic and/or interdisciplinary contexts.
  • The use of fiscal sponsors is not allowed.
  • Matching requirements for the program must be met.

Program Goals

To develop crucial tools with which to educate key stakeholders and invigorate public will for the arts.


Next application cycle will be in the Fall of 2018.


Guidelines & Application Available:
Fall 2018
Grant Activity Period:
June 30, 2019 - June 30, 2021