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Grants to California Arts Nonprofits and
Agencies for Creative Placemaking Activities

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California Arts Council

Deadline Date:

03/30/16 5:00 PM


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Grants of $2,500 to California nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and government agencies with at least three years of arts programming to plan arts activities that help revitalize the community. Funding will be provided for collaborative projects that engage artists, cultural, organizations, and art-related business to assist in meeting community needs and priorities.

Specifically, this program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a creative placemaking strategy. Projects should represent the distinct character and quality of the community and present a vision for enhancing the social or economic livability of that community through the arts. Projects will benefit residents and visitors in California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector (artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses) to address community needs or priorities.

Nonprofits arts organizations with limited experience working in cross-sector partnerships, but have identified potential partners and are actively planning and designing a creative placemaking project. Potential partner(s) may include local government agencies, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, or universities.

This planning grant gives the applicant organization an opportunity to work directly with potential partners to plan a course of action for a creative placemaking project that addresses at least one of the following goals:

- Animate, activate or revitalize communities – neighborhoods, streets, blocks, city, region – using arts as the central project activity and artists as key participants in that effort.
- Activate new arts activities or expanded arts activities/elements within an ongoing event.
- Develop innovative arts –based approaches to address specific community identity, needs, circumstances or priorities.
- Stimulate increased participation/engagement in arts and cultural activities by residents and visitors.
- Bring together local arts, business and/or government entities to build capacity for arts and culture through collective action, and to mobilize public will in the community for the arts and culture.
- Grow creative industries and create jobs and opportunities for California artists.

Funds may support, but are not limited to:

- Forums, community meetings, or symposiums related to creative placemaking activities.
- Research or evaluation to support creative placemaking in the community.
- Training or co-learning activities between artists, arts organizations and non-arts sector partners.
- Development of communication, assessment and/or documentation strategies for a creative placemaking project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151907

Estimated Size of Grant:

Request for support may be made for $2,500.

Term of Contract:

Late June 2016 through June 30, 2017.


Additional Eligibility Criteria:

• Previous recipients of a CCC grant are ineligible to apply.
• The applicant must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization or local arts agency with a history of arts programming for a minimum of three years prior to the time of application.
• The partnering organization must be California-based.
• Artists working with the applicant arts organization must show professional experience of at least three years; must be residents of California; and may not be engaged in the project as full-time students in a degree program.
• The arts organization must be a nonprofit arts organization, and 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.
• There are no fiscal agents allowed in the CCC program.
• Organizations that receive a CCC Planning Grant in FY 2015-16 will be eligible to apply for CCC program funding in FY 2016-17.
• Applicants may not receive a CCC Planning Grant and CCC Project Grant in the same cycle.
• Applicants to the CCC Planning Grant program are not restricted from applying to and receiving funding from other competitive CAC grant programs as long as those funds support distinctly different projects or activities.

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Pre-Application Information:

Required! The California Arts Council requires all applicants to complete a profile through the Data Arts Cultural Data Project and submit a Funder Report along with their application. Complete this part of your submission at the Data Arts Cultural Data Project,

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

Shelly Gilbride
(916) 324-0075

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