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Grants and In-Kind Services to California Arts and Culture Nonprofits Representing Diverse Communities for General Operating Support

Cultural Pathways


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Funding Source
California Arts Council (CAC)
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/09/22 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $30,000 and in-kind services to California arts and culture nonprofit organizations serving immigrant and BIPOC communities for general operating support. The purpose of the program is to develop the capacity of emerging, new, and small arts and cultural organizations that represent communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups.

Projects should address the following Cultural Pathways program goals:

  • Strengthen organizational capacity of small, new and emerging arts and cultural
  • Advance specific skills and knowledge of key administrative, artistic, and
    governance personnel.
  • Support the strategic and long-term stability of an organization.
  • Increase access to best practices in nonprofit and public sector management. 

In-kind services include technical assistance and professional development tools:

  • Technical Assistance may include the following areas:
    • Online grants management system support
    • Grant evaluation and reporting
    • Additional areas as identified by the grantee cohort
  • Professional Development may include the following areas:
    • Strategic planning and implementation
    • Leadership and board development
    • Nonprofit financial management
    • Fund development strategies
    • Marketing and outreach
    • Data and systems management
    • Arts presenting
    • Communicating the value of your work
    • Program evaluation
    • Developing and maintaining partnerships
    • Additional areas as identified by the grantee cohort


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
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.
• Racial equity statement - Description of the organization’s commitment to equitable policies and culture.
• California-based - Documentation of having a principal place of business in California.
• Applicants must have a total operating revenue of less than $150,000 for each of the last two completed fiscal years.
• 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) ofthe 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. You can verify your organization’s status by conducting a search using the SOS online Business Search tool. An indication of “active” (versus “suspended,” “dissolved,” “cancelled,” etc.) confirms that your nonprofit corporation exists, is authorized to conduct business in the State of California, has met all licensing and corporation requirements, and has not received a suspension from the Franchise Tax Board.

For more information about fiscal sponsorship, see the following link:

Funding Restrictions
• Statewide and Regional Networks, State-Local Partner, and General Operating Support for Arts and Culture Organizations grantees are not eligible for Cultural Pathways support in the same fiscal year.
• Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying for and receiving additional CAC project grants.

Pre-Application Information
- Application Opens: January 19, 2022
- Application Deadline: March 9, 2022
- Panel Review: Approx. March – April 2022
- Funding Decision: Approx. May 2022
- Funding Notification: Approx. June 2022
- Grant Activity Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024
- Interim Report Deadline: July 31, 2023
- Final Report Deadline: July 31, 2024

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Estimated Size of Grant
Successful applicants will receive two years of general operating support up to an amount of $30,000.

Successful applicants will also receive technical assistance and professional development tools, resources, and training. Technical assistance may take the form of convenings, webinars, learning communities, and workshops.

Term of Contract
Grant Activity Period: July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2024

Contact Information
Apply online:

Organizations seeking technical assistance should contact:

Natalie Peeples
Arts Program Specialist
California Arts Council

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