Virtual Grant Workshop
January 18, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Grant season is now open for the California Arts Council (CAC), California’s state arts agency, and there are 6 new grant opportunities that support art and culture organizations and individual artists.
Jennifer Laine, Executive Director of the San Benito County Arts Council, will host a Virtual Grant Workshop from 6-7 pm on Tuesday January 19th to provide an overview of CAC grant opportunities, guidelines and deadlines, as well as provide practical tips on how to put together a competitive grant application.
Once you have registered, you will receive the Zoom Meeting Link.
This workshop is intended for individual artists and arts and culture organizations based in San Benito County. Organizations or groups that are not 501©3 nonprofits are also encouraged to attend to learn about how they can apply to the CAC using a fiscal sponsor.
More about the California Arts Council
The California Arts Council announced the opening of its 2021 grant season, with applications now being accepted for all six of its funding opportunities, responding to the current and urgent needs of the state’s arts workforce and businesses.
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 Arts Council prioritizes racial equity and has a broad geographic reach into communities of all sizes. California’s arts sector is large and diverse, and its businesses and workforce are a significant contributor to our state economy and identity.
“The arts are an essential part of the California ecosystem, and we are made all the more aware of their importance during these troubled times,” said Nashormeh Lindo, Chair of the California Arts Council. “As we open another grant season, we hope to help center our communities’ healing and resilience by carefully considering what the Council and the agency can do to best support the creative practices of artists and arts organizations in those communities, to help them survive this upheaval and uncertainty and to creatively thrive in the future.”
The Arts Council’s 2021 grant funding has been streamlined, allocating funding to meet the greatest needs of the field during this challenging time. Funding is aligned with three categories and six specific grant offerings, including general operating support for organizations and fellowships to support the creative practice of individual artists, as well as continued support for project-based activities. This year’s grants have been informed and developed by public input and data in alignment with the Arts Council’s Strategic Framework Decision Support Tool.
Grant priorities include an increase of general operating support for arts organizations. Grants prioritize small and economically vulnerable organizations with total operating revenues of $250,000 or less, at risk for closure or halting of activities due to economic impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic. Direct support for individual artists and creative practitioners is also a high priority this year.
New for the 2021 grant season, applicant organizations are required to submit a racial equity statement. As the Arts Council has been evolving its own racial equity practices, the agency invites applicants to start, continue, or strengthen their racial equity practices as a part of the arts community. The racial equity statement requirement is an opportunity for applicant organizations to explain their commitment and tangible efforts to advancing the leadership of and service to Indigenous people, communities of color, racially and ethnically diverse individuals, tribal communities, immigrant and refugee communities, and communities whose principal languages are not English.
Learn more by visiting the California Arts Council’s website at www.cac.ca.gov
You may also contact the San Benito County Arts Council at [email protected] or at 831.636.2787