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

Statewide and Regional Networks (SRN) Program

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California Arts Council (CAC)

Deadline Date:

02/24/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $35,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations and arts-based units of government to strengthen operations and organizational capacity. Funding is intended to support service organizations that have a regional or statewide impact. Funding areas may include professional development opportunities in areas such as artistic skills, communications, financial management, marketing, outreach, and sales; or career support through activities such as leadership training, mentorships, networking, and re-granting.

The program intends to contribute to the health and vitality of the creative workforce in California by creating a resilient network of arts service organizations and artists. Arts service organizations 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.
  • Organizations must demonstrate a commitment to reflect, include, and represent the communities to be served.
  • 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.
  • Organizations must be committed to reflect, include, and represent the communities to be served.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151192

Number of Grants:

Estimated Total Number of Grant Awards: 53

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicant organizations can request up to $35,000.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: October 1. 2021 – September 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants:
- Applicant organization must be an arts service organization, network, or association with regional or statewide reach as stated in program definitions.
- Applicants must either be a California-based nonprofit arts organization, arts-based unit of municipal or county government, or tribal government.
- All activities to be funded by the California Arts Council must take place in California.
- 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: Applicants 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. The Fiscal Sponsor will provide the fiscal and administrative services needed to complete the grant. If a grant is awarded, the Fiscal Sponsor becomes the legal contractor. The Fiscal Sponsor must also demonstrate consistent arts services or programming in California for a minimum of two years prior to the application deadline.
- Applicants using Fiscal Sponsors must submit all required materials for the Fiscal Sponsor at the time of application.

All activities to be funded by the California Arts Council must take place in California.

Applicants to this program are restricted from applying to the CAC Arts and Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief grant.

Funding restrictions can be seen at https://arts.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/CAC_2021_WhatDoNotFund.pdf#page=1

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- Application available: December 18, 2020
- Application deadline: February 24, 2021
- Panel Review: Approx. April – May 2021
- Funding Decision: Approx. June – July 2021
- Funding Notification: Approx. June – July 2021
- Grant Activity Period: October 1. 2021 – September 30, 2022
- Final Report Deadline: November 1, 2022

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.

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.

Application resources: https://arts.ca.gov/grants/resources/

Contact Information:

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

Online application system: https://calartscouncil.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

Jason Jong, Arts Program Specialist
jason.jong@arts.ca.gov
(916) 322-6338

To schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Jason:
https://calendly.com/jason-jong

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-6555
Toll Free: (800) 201-6201
FAX: (916) 322-6575

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