California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners - CA State Grants Portal

California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners

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The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners is a response to the economic crisis, and ensuing financial needs of individuals, that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. 


The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners is for artists and cultural practitioners who need financial help as a result of this federally recognized qualified disaster. Grants will be distributed to reflect the cultural and geographic diversity of the state of California—including those who are of historically underserved communities who are especially vulnerable financially due to this economic crisis. Although not factors in grant decisions, we strongly encourage the following to apply: Those of historically marginalized communities, which may include, but are not limited to, African and African American, Arab, Asian and Asian American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American and Indigenous, Pacific Islander; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Gender-Variant people; people with disabilities; women; and those who are low-income, have high debts, have difficulty obtaining or retaining sources of income, or live in rural or immigrant and refugee communities.

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), a trusted intermediary focused on the economic security of people in the arts, is administering and adjudicating this Fund.

For Guidelines and Applications, visit

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual

  Must be a current, full-time resident of the state of California. Must be an artist or cultural practitioner. Must not be eligible for or currently receiving CA-state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits (Applicants receiving CARES benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] program ARE eligible for funding).  

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Tuesday, September 1
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards 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.
Estimated amount per award 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.
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
Funding Source: 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
Funding Method: 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:

Applicants will be asked to describe their financial needs, and are requested to only apply if facing immediate need. This is meant to reserve as much of the Relief Fund as possible for those facing significant financial threats

How to Apply

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

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