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State-Local Partnership (SLP) Program Grants

Grants to California Arts Nonprofits and Agencies
to Enhance the Local Communities through the Arts

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California Arts Council (CAC)

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10/25/19 11:59 PM


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Grants to California nonprofit arts organizations and county-designated arts agencies to enhance the quality of life for residents through the arts. Funding is intended to create a partnership between the State and its counties to promote cultural development in the region. Consideration will be given to requests for technical assistance and general operating support.

The nature of this partnership includes funding, information exchange, cooperative activities, and leadership. The partnership enables individuals, organizations, and communities to create, present, and preserve the arts of all cultures to enrich the quality of life for all Californians. 

State-Local Partners serve as Poetry Out Loud partners and will receive additional financial support through this grant program to facilitate an annual Poetry Out Loud program throughout their county either through direct programming or in partnership with another local organization/agency. 

Program Goals

Projects should address the following State-Local Partnership program goals:

  • Support the work of local arts agencies in fostering the countywide arts and cultural ecosystem.
  • Provide funds to address priorities identified at the local level in alignment with State-Local Partnership program requirements.
  • Promote equity in programming and services for communities, cultures, and creative practices throughout each county with a designated State-Local Partnership.
  • Serve every county in the state through a designated State-Local Partner in each county.

Program Requirements

Proposals must address how the applicant organization:

  • Provides access to diverse art forms that facilitate public participation
  • Offers programs and services that include and support the cultural diversity and traditional arts of the entire county
  • Facilitates an annual Poetry Out Loud program in partnership with the CAC through either direct programming or in partnership with another local organization/agency

Proposals should explain how the applicant organization achieves at least two of following local arts agency activities or services:

  • Engage in community development through the arts or contribute to creative placemaking activities
  • Conduct cultural assessment and planning that encourages input from community members
  • Foster local and regional partnerships and collaboration through convenings or other means
  • Provide stewardship of a community’s art collection(s)
  • Engage in programs that promote arts advocacy efforts at the local, state, or national level
  • Provide and/or support arts learning (preK-12, adult education, creative aging, etc.)
  • Manage a public art program
  • Produce or present programs such as festivals, community theatre, concerts, literary events, workshops, etc.
  • Grant or provide financial support to cultural organizations or artists
  • Facilitate economic development efforts that support the creative economy through arts industries
  • Manage one or more cultural facilities in the county
  • Provide public relations or marketing services for State-Local Partner arts programs and/or services, and for other arts and cultural activities in the county

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143852

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicant organizations can request up to $120,000.
- The total request for funding in this two-year grant program cannot exceed 100% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year, as it appears in the SMU DataArts Funder Report.
- The total of all requests for CAC support during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year, as it appears in the SMU DataArts Funder Report.
- Poetry Out Loud funds will not be based on panel ranking and will be in addition to the $120,000 maximum request amount.

Term of Contract:

- The applicant must complete general operating support activities aligned with the program’s purpose by June 30, 2022.
- All activities to be funded by the CAC must occur within the two-year Grant Activity Period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant organization must be designated by their county Board of Supervisors to serve as the State-Local Partner in the county.
For information regarding multi-county partnerships please see:
- Applicants must either be a California-based nonprofit arts organization, artsbased unit of municipal or county government, or tribal government.
- All applicants must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
- All applicant organizations must have a principal place of business in California.
- Applicant organizations must demonstrate proof of nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code, or must be a unit of government, including California Native American or Indigenous tribal governments.
- Fiscal Sponsors: An applicant without nonprofit status may use a California-based Fiscal Sponsor with a federal 501(c)(3) designation to conduct work on a not-for-profit project.
- This program requires the submission of an SMU DataArts Funder Report generated specifically for this CAC grant program. Applicants must provide a minimum of two and up to three years of data in the Funder Profile and submit a Funder Report meeting these requirements at the time of application.

Neither the award nor the match may be used to supplant other state funding, including salaries of state employees or general operating expenses of school districts, County Offices of Education, or publicly funded schools, colleges, or universities.

For a list of What the CAC Does Not Fund, please see

Pre-proposal Conference:

California Arts Council: 2019-20 Grant Programs Overview
Tue, Sep 24, 2019 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EEST

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Learn how to apply for state arts funding! In this one-hour webinar, staff will provide an overview of the CAC's unique grant opportunities for 2019-20, with deadlines coming this fall. Get tips and insights into the state grant process and discover best practices for putting together a successful application. An archived video of this session will be published to the California Arts Council website within 24 hours following the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

October 25, 2019 11:59 PM: Application deadline (online)
January 2020: Funding decisions
January 2020: Funding notifications
July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2022: Grant Activity Period
July 31, 2022: Final Report deadline

New applicants to this program are highly encouraged to contact the Program Specialist to confirm eligibility before starting an application.

Matching Funds
- All grant recipients must provide a 1:1 match for this grant. If applying for multiple CAC grants in a single fiscal year, distinct matching funds must be identified within each application. State funds cannot be used to meet the match. The status of each source must be specified as either projected, pending or committed.
- The matching funds requirement may be met entirely through cash match sources, or by applying the value of in-kind sources for up to 50% of the match.

California Secretary of State Certificate of Status:
- Nonprofit organizations must have “active status” with the California Secretary of State (SOS) showing evidence of “good standing” at the time of application.
- Applicants can verify organization’s status by conducting a search using the SOS online Business Search tool.

All CAC-funded programs, services, information, and facilities where funded activities take place must be accessible for individuals with disabilities. For additional information please see:

Application Resources:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply Online:

Hilary Amnah, Arts Program Specialist
(916) 322-6502

To schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Hilary Amnah, click here:

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 322-6555 / (800) 201-6201
Fax: (916) 322-6575
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