Folk and Traditional Arts

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The Folk and Traditional Arts (FTA)grant program intends to redirect resources to build capacity at the local level by proposing to fund one Administering Organization (AO) that will regrant funds, provide technical assistance, and/or build capacity with artists and arts organizations in support of folk and traditional arts expressions.


The AO will work directly with artists who belong to family, ethnic, occupational, religious, and/or regional cultural communities that practice traditional art forms. The forms of traditional expression can include but are not limited to: crafts, music, dance, ritual, and technical skills.

This program centralizes local artists, and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. The CAC is ideally looking to fund one AO that has demonstrated capacity for statewide and regional reach. This funding opportunity recognizes that artists are integral to healthy communities, and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community, and fosters social progress.

Project RequirementsThe CAC will award funds to an Administering Organization (AO) that will develop and administer the Folk and Traditional Arts program statewide.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Applicant organizations and their partnering personnel and/or organizations (if applicable) will be assessed on the strength with which they demonstrate the following:

Review the complete program guidelines for the full list of eligibility requirements.

Applicant organizations and/or project team must have a minimum of 5 years of experience working with the nonprofit and/or arts and culture fields and experience reaching diverse communities in CA.

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.
August 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
1/1/23 - 12/31/23

Funding Details

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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)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Leslie Giovanini, 1-916-322-6555,