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Arts and Public Media (APM) Grant

Grants to California Nonprofits and Agencies for
Arts and Media Projects that Engage the Public

Agency Type:

State

Funding Source:

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California Arts Council (CAC)

Conf. Date:

09/24/19

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to California nonprofit organizations and local arts agencies for arts and media projects that build public support and awareness of the arts. Projects should engage the public with local experiences and stories that focus on culture, arts, and creative expression.

The Arts and Public Media program supports projects by nonprofit media organizations that build public awareness and support for the arts. This grant program is rooted in the CAC’s belief that the arts are a central component of daily life. It aims to contribute to a vision where the arts are accessible to all, reflect contributions from all of California’s diverse populations, and foster civic engagement.

The purpose of this grant program is to support the production and programming of engaging multiplatform media projects. Supported projects engage Californians with authentic local stories and experiences centered on the value of arts, culture, and creative expression within California. Multiplatform media projects refer to content that is delivered in the context of a wide range of distribution possibilities and not just a single delivery platform.

Examples of project types include but are not limited to presentation, distribution, exhibition, and preservation activities such as:

  • Production of podcasts, television programs, radio programs, web series, shortform films, or print media that highlight California’s artists, cultures, and creative expression. This may involve single programs, limited series, or segments within an ongoing series.
  • Film/video/audio/print media festivals and associated public programming that include artists, critics, and/or scholars; are open to the general public; and demonstrate meaningful community engagement and discussion.
  • Curated series, screenings, exhibitions, installations, and associated programming featuring any genre of art that uses radio, television, film, print media, or other media to create meaningful community engagement.
  • Distribution of electronic media, film, and technology-related artworks.

For information on program goals and requirements, see: http://arts.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1920/FY19_APM_Guidelines.pdf#page=5

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 152608

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Applicant organizations can request up to $25,000.
- The total request for funding in this grant program cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year, as provided on the Budget Snapshot at the time of application.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021

The applicant must develop and complete a project addressing the program’s purpose by June 30, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicants must be either a California-based nonprofit media organization*, municipal or county arts agency, or tribal government managing a public media station.

*A nonprofit entity that has a primary activity and mission of disseminating information to the general public or a specific community through a newspaper, magazine, zine, media festival, or other publication; or radio, podcast, television, cable television, or other medium of mass communication.

- 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. The Fiscal Sponsor will provide the fiscal and administrative services needed to complete the grant.

Nonprofit organizations must have “active status” with the California Secretary of State (SOS) showing evidence of “good standing” at the time of application.

What the CAC Does Not Fund: http://arts.ca.gov/programs/program_files/1920/FY19_APM_Guidelines.pdf#page=8

Pre-proposal Conference:

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

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.

Register now for the 2019-20 Grant Programs Overview webinar: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3581640836788316684

Click here to schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Maya Austin, Arts Program Specialist: https://calendly.com/maya-austin/15min?month=2019-09

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:

- November 1, 2019 11:59 PM Application deadline (online)
- January 2020 Funding decisions
- January 2020 Funding notifications
- July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021 Grant Activity Period
- July 31, 2021 Final Report deadline

CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. CAC recommends that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated.

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 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.

Application resources: http://arts.ca.gov/programs/app.php

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://calartscouncil.smartsimple.com/s_Login.jsp

Maya Austin, M.A., Arts Program Specialist
maya.austin@arts.ca.gov
(916) 322-6584

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95814

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