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Cultivate Grant Program

Grants to California Artists and Organizations in Eligible
Regions for Arts and Cultural Projects Benefiting Local Residents

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Arts Council Santa Cruz County

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

03/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $3,000 to California individual artists and organizations in eligible areas for arts and cultural projects and career development support. Funding is intended to support the production and exhibition of publicly accessible works that promote the success of local artists and the sustainability of arts organizations. Projects must take place in Santa Cruz County.

Cultivate Grants offer Project & Professional Development Support for Artists and Organizations:

  • Project Support Cultivate Grants fund individual artists, arts organizations, and non-arts organizations working in collaboration with an artist(s), on a public arts and/or cultural project in Santa Cruz County.
  • Professional Development Support Cultivate Grants support artists and arts organizations with activities that improve their artistic skills or expand their business and professional capacity. 

The objectives of the Arts Council’s Grants Program are to:

  • Support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work
  • Increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations
  • Engage new audiences in the arts
  • Expand equitable access to the arts
  • Increase social impact through art

Further consideration is given to:

  • Projects led by and/or engaging communities that include but are not limited to people of color, LGBTQ+, those with disabilities, and seniors
  • Projects that support community healing 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153658

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Project Support: up to $3,000
- Professional Development Support: up to $1,500; and up to $3,000
- First-time applicants may request up to $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Funding Period: July 2021 - June 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicant must be a Santa Cruz County resident (if applying as an individual) or be located in Santa Cruz County (if applying as an organization).
2. Planned creative project must be completed in Santa Cruz County; and
3. Reporting requirements for previous Arts Council grants have been met.

Cultivate Grants Do Not Fund:
- Projects/programs executed before grants are awarded
- Capital improvements, construction, or renovation projects
- Government departments, boards, or programs
- Research, foundations, debt retirement, fundraising or benefit events, social services, political or religious advocacy, or for-profit organizations
- Arts/cultural projects not advertised or open to the public

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Application Information:

Applications open: February 15, 2021
Application deadline: March 15, 2021, at 5:00 PM
Awards Made: July 2021
Funding Period: July 2021 - June 2022

Cultivate Grants are accepted twice a year, in the fall and spring.

Recording of Feb 25th webinar:

For grant application restrictions, see:

Orientation recording

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


For more information please contact:
Nallely Martinez, Grants Program Manager
831-475-9600 x16

Mercedes Lewis, Tannery Program Manager
Yesenia Camacho-Bautista, Program & Administrative Coordinator

Arts Council Santa Cruz County
1070 River Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

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