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Grants to California Nonprofits for Arts Programs that Benefit At-Risk Youth



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

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/23/22 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to California nonprofit organizations for arts projects that benefit at-risk youth and youth involved in the juvenile justice system. Certain applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for activities that place during or outside of traditional school hours at state- or county-operated correctional facilities; public settings; online; and at arts and culture venues, community centers, school sites, youth centers, and intergenerational settings. There are two project grant strands: JUMP StArts – State Facilities; and JUMP StArts – County and Community Facilities. Planning grants are also available.

The JUMP StArts program supports arts and culture education, apprenticeship, and/or mentorship via artists-in-residence programs for system-engaged, system-impacted, and/or at-promise youth and young people through the age of 24.

Projects should prioritize system-engaged, system-impacted, and/or at-promise youth or youth who are especially vulnerable to be impacted by or engaged in the justice system, and the project should be tailored specifically to respond to their needs. 

For Project Requirements, see

Planning grants are available to support arts organizations that have identified a juvenile
justice or social services partner and are in the process of developing an arts project to
serve these priority youth. For additional information about Planning Grants, see


  • 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.
• 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.

Organizations applying to the Community Spaces and/or County Facilities program strand must partner with at least one of these entities serving youth engaged by the juvenile justice system, including but not limited to:
- County juvenile halls and camps
- Court schools
- Community schools
- Social services agencies or nonprofit organizations supporting priority youth populations.

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, 2024
- Interim Report: Deadline January 31, 2024
- Final Report: Deadline January 31, 2025

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

Applicants proposing a project in partnership with the DJJ must be in touch with Teresa Perez to plan the project and secure a letter of support.

If you have previously been funded by this grant in Cycle A, you may only apply to the same funding strand if your project content differs from your previously funded project (ex: Funding for Cycle A & B in the State Facility strand with different project content). You may apply with the same project content only if you are serving a different population or different facility (ex: Same project content for Cycle A & B, serving two different County Facilities and/or Community Spaces).

Applicant Resources:


Number of Grants
Estimated Total Number of Grant Awards: 64

Estimated Size of Grant
Applicant organizations can request:
- $2,500 for a planning grant
- Up to $50,000 for a full project grant
- Up to $52,500 for a planning and project grant if each request is in a different funding strand: Community Spaces and/or County Facilities and State Facilities

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
Apply online:

Teresa Perez
(916) 683-7450

Organizations seeking technical assistance should contact:
Natalie Peeples, 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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