Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission in order to be considered for funding.
- California-based - Documentation of having a principal place of business in California.
- Arts programming - Applicants must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
- 501(c)(3) organization as applicant or fiscal sponsor - Non-governmental (municipal, county, or tribal) applicant organizations must demonstrate proof of nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
- Fiscal sponsors - An applicant organization without nonprofit status must use a California-based fiscal sponsor with a federal 501(c)(3) designation to apply for funding.
- Certificate of good standing - Nonprofit organizations and fiscal sponsors (if applicable) must have “active status” with the California Secretary of State (SOS) showing evidence of “good standing” at the time of application.
Applicants must be an arts service organization with statewide or regional reach. An arts service organization is defined as a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, and tradition bearers. They also provide specialized, practical services for arts organizations and cultural communities. These organizations preserve, present, and promote specific cultural practices, artistic disciplines, or creative initiatives. An arts service organization may operate a network.
- Statewide reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation throughout California, including Northern, Central, and Southern, coastal, and inland regions.
- Regional reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation in at least three counties, OR a county with a total population of over 3 million in multiple municipalities including San Diego, Los Angeles or Orange. Statewide reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation throughout California, including Northern, Central, Southern, coastal, and inland regions.
- Networks are associations or groups of individuals or organizations with common interests, visions or organizational missions that work together to strengthen the collective group.