Find Nonprofit and Small Business Grants

Advance Search

Only Available for Paid Subscribers
Clear Filters
Search Filters

State-Local Partnership (SLP) Program Grants

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

Agency Type:


Funding Source:

Add to My Calendar 

California Arts Council (CAC)

Deadline Date:

05/01/19 11:59 PM


Request a Grant Writer

Grants of up to $45,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations and county-designated arts agencies for technical assistance and general operating support. Funding is intended to create a partnership between the State and its counties to promote cultural development in the region and enhance the lives of the local communities through the arts.

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 Partnerships (SLPs) serve as Poetry Out Loud (POL) partners and will receive additional financial support through this grant program to facilitate a Poetry Out Loud program throughout their county either through direct programming or in partnership with another local organization/agency.

The goals of the State-Local Partnership grant program are to:
- 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 SLP program requirements.
- Promote equity in programming and services for communities, cultures, and creative practices throughout each county with a designated SLP.
- Serve every county in the state through a designated State-Local Partner in each county.

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 a countywide Poetry Out Loud program in partnership with the California Arts
- Council 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 o 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 o Manage one or more cultural facilities in the county o Provide public relations or marketing services for SLP 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 $45,000.

- The total request for the State-Local Partnership program cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the last completed fiscal year, as it appears in the DataArts Funder Report.

- Poetry Out Loud (POL) funds will not be based on panel ranking and will be in addition to the $45,000 maximum request amount.

Term of Contract:

All activities to be funded by the CAC must occur within the Grant Activity Period (June 30, 2019 – June 29, 2020).

There may be an extension and/or renewal process for this grant for one or more years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant organization must be designated by their county Board of Supervisors to serve as the State-Local Partner in the county, with the following exceptions: multi-county partnerships and the cities of Los Angeles and San Diego. For more details about the exceptions, see:
- The applicant must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization or arts-based unit of government. 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.
- All applicant organizations must be consistently engaged in arts programs and/or services for two years prior to the application deadline.
- All applicant organizations must have a principal place of business in California.
- The applicant 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 or Indigenous tribal governments.
- Statewide and Regional Network (SRN) grantees may not apply for SLP support, with the exception of an SRN serving as a Fiscal Sponsor for a distinct countywide local arts agency that is not supported by the CAC through the SRN program.
- For all programs that require a CAC DataArts Funder Report, two years of data must be included in DataArts profile and report.

What the CAC Does Not Fund:

Pre-Application Information:

May 1, 2019 11:59 PM: Application deadline (online)
June 3-5, 2019: Panel Review
June 2019: Funding decisions
June 2019: Funding notifications
June 30, 2019 – June 29, 2020: Grant Activity Period
June 30, 2020: Final Report deadline

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

All grant recipients must provide a dollar-for-dollar (1:1) match for the SLP grant. A cash match may be from corporate or private contributions, local or federal government, or earned income. State funds cannot be used as a match. Matching funds are not required for Poetry Out Loud funding.

All CAC-funded programs, services, information, and buildings and facilities where funded activities take place must be accessible.

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:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California