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Professional Development Grant

Grants to California Nonprofit and Governmental
Arts Organizations for Staff Development Activities

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California Arts Council (CAC)

Deadline Date:

05/02/18 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 to California nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and governmental arts organizations to build organizational capacity through professional development activities. Funding may be used to support artists, staff members, arts educators, or arts administrators employed by the applying organization.

Professional development activities could include:
-Tuition or registration fees for in-state conferences
-Seminars and workshops
-In-state travel expenses for conferences, seminars or workshops
-Fees to work directly with consultants and career coaches

The goals of the Professional Development program are:
-To support and strengthen an arts organization’s organizational capacity
-To support professional growth and leadership training opportunities for individuals working in the arts
-To encourage a culture of learning

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180090

Estimated Size of Grant:

Professional Development requests may be made for up to $1,000. As of FY17-18, applicants may not apply for more than 50% of their Total Operating Revenue from one or multiple CAC grant programs. The 50% calculation will be based on the figures reported in the 3-Years’ Budget Snapshot or DataArts’ funder report.

Term of Contract:

Project activities must take place from February 1, 2018 to May 31, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant Eligibility:

-The applicant organization must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization, local arts agency, or arts-based unit of government with a history of arts programming for a minimum of two years at the time of application.

-The applicant must be a nonprofit organization with tax-exempt 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. California Indigenous tribes can apply if they are a unit of government or can demonstrate non-profit status.

-An applicant without nonprofit status may use a California-based fiscal sponsor that has nonprofit status, federal 501(c)(3) designation, and which 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 time of application, and have compatible organizational goals to the applicant organization.

-Accessibility: The CAC is committed to making the arts accessible and inclusive for all Californians. All CAC-funded programs, services, information, and buildings and facilities where funded activities take place must be accessible.

Applicants to this 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.

Given the multiple deadlines and the increased competitiveness of the grant program, priority may be given to applicants that:
-Operate with budgets of $500,000 or under
-Have not received a Professional Development grant in FY16-17

Funding Restrictions:
-The grant may not be used to supplant state-funded expenses, or existing professional development funds.
-An organization can only receive one grant per year to the Professional Development program
-NEW for FY17-18: Total of all application requests in FY17-18 cannot exceed 50% of an organization’s total operating revenue from the last completed fiscal year. If applying 2017-18 CAC Professional Development Grant Guidelines 5 of 7 for one or more CAC grants in a grant cycle, the total amount requested cannot exceed 50% of what is reflected in the organization’s Total Operating Revenue line in the organizational budget history from the last completed fiscal year.

Not Funded:
-Hospitality or food costs
-Former grantee organizations not in compliance with CAC grant requirements (as stipulated in grant agreement)
-Non-arts organizations not involved in arts activities (as applicants)
-For-profit organizations (as applicants)
-Fundraising activities or services such as annual campaigns, fundraising events, or grant writing
-Programs of other state or federal agencies
-Programs or services intended for private use, or for use by restricted membership
-Projects with religious purposes
-Operational, administrative or indirect costs of schools, colleges, or universities, or any activities that are part of the curricular base of these institutions
-Trusts, endowment funds or investments
-Capital outlay, including construction; purchase of land, buildings, or equipment other than consumable production materials; or for the elimination of accumulated deficit
-Out-of-state travel activities
-Expenses incurred before the start or after the ending date of the grant
-Lobbying activities that are intended to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of government officials.

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 10, 2018, 5:00 PM. Funding notifications will be sent in February 2018.

Application Deadlines and Grant Activity Periods:
January 10, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

March 1, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: June 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

May 2, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019

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

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Staff Contact:
Jaren Bonillo, Arts Program Specialist
(916) 322-6584

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California