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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits, Tribes, and Agencies for Operating Support to Enhance Local Arts Networks

Statewide and Regional Networks (SRN) Program

California Arts Council (CAC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #151192

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $50,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations, Tribal entities, and agencies to strengthen operations and organizational capacity. Funding is intended to assist service organizations that have a regional or statewide impact. Eligible opportunities include programs within the focus areas of art skills, communications, marketing, mentorship, professional development, networking, and re-granting. Representation of, by, and for the community is a core value of the CAC, including authentic intergenerational and intersectional connections.

The goal of the grant program is to contribute to the health and vitality of the creative workforce in California by creating a resilient network of arts service organizations and artists. An arts service organization is defined as an organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, tradition bearers, and arts and cultural organizations. They also provide specialized, practical services for artists, arts organizations, and cultural communities.

Program Requirements

  • Arts service organizations must provide practical services for artists, creators, tradition bearers, and/or arts and cultural organizations.
  • Constituent representation must be active, ongoing, effective, and relevant statewide or regional reach.
  • Programs and/or services must provide engagement and access throughout all counties and/or municipalities identified within the statewide or regional network.
  • Any state funds regranted through this program must be in compliance with the CAC’s Grant Opportunity statement, included on page 11 of the appendix of this document.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be an arts service organization with statewide or regional reach. An arts service organization is defined as a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, and tradition bearers.

Regional reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation in at least three counties, OR a county with a total population of over 3 million in multiple municipalities including San Diego, Los Angeles or Orange. Statewide reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation throughout California, including Northern, Central, Southern, coastal, and inland regions.

Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission in order to be considered for funding.
• California-based - Documentation of having a principal place of business in California.
• Arts programming - Applicants must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
• 501(c)(3) organization as applicant or fiscal sponsor - Non-governmental (municipal, county, or tribal) 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.
• Fiscal sponsors - An applicant organization without nonprofit status must use a California-based fiscal sponsor with a federal 501(c)(3) designation to apply for funding.
• Certificate of good standing - Nonprofit organizations and fiscal sponsors (if applicable) must have “active status” with the California Secretary of State (SOS) showing evidence of “good standing” at the time of application.

For additional eligibility requirements, see:

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: April 28, 2022
- Application Deadline extended to June 23, 2022, 11:59 PM
- Panel Review: Approx. June - July 2022
- Funding Decision: Approx. July 2022
- Funding Notification: Approx. August 2022
- Grant Activity Period: January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023
- Final Report: Deadline January 31, 2024

New applicants to this program are highly encouraged to contact the Program Specialist to confirm eligibility before starting an application. CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. It is recommended that applicants contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure that they can be accommodated.

This program requires a 1:1 match of award funds. If applying for multiple CAC grants in a single fiscal year, distinct matching funds must be identified within each application, if applicable. State funds cannot be used to meet the match. The status of each source must be specified as either projected, pending, or committed.

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Additional Funding Information:

Number of Grants:

Estimated Total Number of Grant Awards: 60

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicant organizations can request up to $50,000.

For organizations with total operating revenue above $250,000, the sum of requests for CAC grants during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of the total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2023

Contact Information:

Online application system:

Leslie Giovanini
Arts Program Specialist
California Arts Council

California Arts Council
2750 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 322-6555
Toll-Free (800) 201-6201

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