The Creative Youth Development program is rooted in the CAC’s belief that arts learning is an essential tool for healthy human development and that it should be available to all young people throughout California. The CAC envisions that all of California’s young people are provided with meaningful, culturally responsive arts-learning experiences so that they can reach their full potential.
Beneficiaries of Creative Youth Development projects include youth from infancy to 24 years of age. All projects occur outside of traditional school hours, taking place in arts venues, community centers, school sites, and other youth-oriented settings.
Children ages 0-5 and school-age youth are a priority for this program, with successful projects demonstrating the ability to cultivate positive social and emotional development, as well as promote artistic expression and creativity.
Support for transitional individuals, ages 18 to 24, are an additional priority, with successful projects demonstrating the capacity to engage with transitional youth in relevant, dynamic, and innovative ways.
Examples of applicable projects include but are not limited to: arts projects in early learning, daycare, or foster-care environments; projects that support the transmission of traditional arts and cultural practices; youth leadership and mentorship opportunities in arts settings; and arts programming that supports workforce development and entrepreneurship.
Projects should address one or more of the following Creative Youth Development program goals:
Provide social-emotional creative experiences in safe and nurturing environments.
Foster creative abilities of youth through culturally and linguistically responsive arts learning.
Support arts programs that seek to activate youth voices, narratives, and perspectives.
Utilize cultural assets of the local community to support positive self-identification and respect for diverse cultures.
Empower youth through the preservation, revitalization, and/or reclamation of cultural practices.
Cultivate the development of transferable life skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, leadership, and collaboration.
Review the published program guidelines for the full complete grant description
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
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.
Review the published guidelines for the complete list of eligibility requirements.
California-based - Documentation of having a principal place of business in California.
How to Apply
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