Administering Organization – Individual Artist Fellowships

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The Administering Organization – Individual Artist Fellowships program will support artists at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. Fellowship grants support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. This program is intended to support a broad spectrum of
artists working in all disciplines, from diverse geographies and communities of all sizes across CA.


The CAC is seeking applications from AOs with the capacity to administer fellowships to individual artists and culture bearers in all disciplines. The intention of this grant program is to provide as broad a geographic reach as possible and support artists in all 58 counties.


Program Administration Administering Organizations (AO) The AOs will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the Individual Artist Fellowship program in their region, including but not limited to:

Provide access and support for individual artists and culture bearers throughout the course of the application, award, and evaluation processes

Engage in robust, culturally and discipline-specific engagement and outreach to ensure comprehensive geographic reach within the service area

Convene fellows at least once over the course of the grant activity period to engage in networking and co-learning

Provide platforms including but not limited to virtual or print publications, exhibits, or performances to increase the visibility of the work of the fellows

Engage in regular reporting to and collaboration with the CAC, including providing interim and final reports on program outcomes and findings.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

501(c)(3) organization as applicant - Non-governmental 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.

Local government - An arts-based unit of municipal or county government; or a tribal government

Certificate of good standing - Nonprofit organizations must have “active status” with the CA Secretary of State

Eligible Geographies:

California-based - Documentation as being a California-based nonprofit arts/cultural organization; an arts-based unit of municipal or county government; or a tribal government, or nonprofit social service organization with a principal place of business in California


Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
November 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
1/1/23 - 12/31/24

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
See Notes Below
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.

Available Funding Notes:

$700,000 - $925,000, funding dependent upon regional population: Region I: $925,000  Region II: $825,000 Region III: $700,000 Region IV: $800,000 Review the complete guidelines to find the counties included in each of the four funding regions.  

The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State
The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funding will be disbursed at the beginning of the grant activity period after the applicant has signed and returned all of the required grantee award paperwork.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Josy Miller, Ph.D., 1-916-322-6555,