The Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief grant program intends to provide relief funding to arts and cultural organizations who have experienced economic hardships due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
This grant supports the well-being of California’s cultural vitality by helping sustain a robust and diverse arts workforce and infrastructure. Funds may be used to support any eligible expenses associated with the general operations of an arts or cultural organization, including but not limited to rent, utilities, and staff salaries. Applying for this grant does not restrict an organization from applying for other CAC project-based grants. General Operating grants are intended to support the applicant organization in carrying out its mission. Funding is not intended to support a specific project.
Arts Organizations Defined An arts and cultural organization is defined as an entity with a primary purpose of providing arts, creative, or cultural programming/services. Assessed by CAC staff, this purpose is determined by the organization’s mission, purpose statement, and/or by its summary of core organizational programs and services.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Organizations that do not have principal place of business in California Public and private colleges and universities K-12 school districts County Offices of Education Social services or non-arts/cultural nonprofits
Small Organization Prioritization This program prioritizes small organizations, defined as those with total operating revenues less than $250,000.
California-based - Documentation of being a California-based nonprofit arts/cultural organization with a principal place of business in California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
If applying for multiple CAC grants in a single fiscal year, distinct matching funds must be identified within each application, if applicable. State funds cannot be used to meet the match. The status of each source must be specified as either projected, pending, or committed.
Matching funds can be met with any combination of in-kind and cash sources.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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