Cultural Pathways

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Closed (97 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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The purpose of the Cultural Pathways program is to strengthen the capacity of small, new, and emerging arts organizations that are rooted in communities of color, recent immigrant and refugee communities, and tribal or indigenous groups, and to anchor the cultural and creative work of these organizations into the cultural landscape of the state.


Successful applicants will receive two years of general operating support up to an amount of $30,000 ($15,000 per year). Successful applicants will also receive technical assistance and professional development tools, resources, and training. Technical assistance may take the form of convenings, webinars, learning communities, and workshops. 

Program Goals 

Projects should: 

Strengthen organizational capacity of small, new, and emerging arts and cultural organizations.  Advance specific skills and knowledge of key administrative, artistic, and governance personnel.  Support the strategic and long-term stability of an organization.  Increase access to best practices in nonprofit and public sector management. 

Program Requirements 

General operating support is intended to support the organization or group in carrying out their mission. Cultural Pathways funding is not intended to support a specific project. 

The applicant must complete general operating support activities aligned with the program’s purpose.  All activities to be funded by the CAC must occur within the two-year Grant Activity Period.  The organization must support a community of color, recent immigrant community, refugee community, tribal or indigenous group.  The organization must include and represent the communities to be served.  Organization mission, staff, and board (or other advisory or governing body) must remain deeply rooted in and reflective of the identified community or group.  Provided arts activities, programs and/or services must be culturally relevant and responsive to the identified community or group.  All CAC-funded programs, services, information, and facilities where funded activities take place, including online spaces, must be accessible for individuals with disabilities, including but not limited to individuals who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deaf-Blind, have difficulty speaking, have a physical disability, visual disability, developmental disability, learning disability, mental illness, or chronic illness.

Successful applicants will be required to: 

Participate in Technical Assistance and Professional Development activities offered remotely and in-person through the CAC and program partners.  Contribute to the learning community of the grantee cohort.  Attend one regional convening per year (travel assistance provided). 

Technical Assistance may include the following areas: 

Online grants management system support  Grant evaluation and reporting  Additional areas as identified by the grantee cohort 

Professional Development may include the following areas: 

Strategic planning and implementation  Leadership and board development  Nonprofit financial management  Fund development strategies  Marketing and outreach  Data and systems management  Arts presenting  Communicating the value of your work  Program evaluation  Developing and maintaining partnerships  Additional areas as identified by the grantee cohort 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Statewide and Regional Networks, State-Local Partner, and General Operating Support for Arts and Culture Organizations grantees are not eligible for Cultural Pathways support in the same fiscal year.  Applicants must have a total operating revenue of less than $150,000 for each of the last two completed fiscal years. Applicants must have a minimum two-year history of engagement in arts programming and/or services.

Eligible Geographies:

California-based - Documentation of having 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.
Summer 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
$0 – $30,000
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.
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:

Applicants selected to receive grant awards will be notified and will receive funding upon completion of the contract paperwork.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Natalie Peeples, 1-916-322-6555,