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Administering Organization – Relief for Individual Artists and Cultural Practitioners

Grant to a California Arts Nonprofit, Agency, or Tribe to
Manage a Grant Program During the Coronavirus Crisis

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Grant to a California nonprofit arts and cultural organization, arts-based government agency, or tribal government to coordinate a grant-distribution program during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health crisis. Funding is intended to support a project administrator who will manage a regranting program that provides rapid relief support grants to artists and cultural practitioners of color who have been significantly impacted by the pandemic.

The Administering Organization (AO) will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the rapid relief grant program, including but not limited to the development of program components and timeline; implementing statewide and culturally specific engagement strategies to priority communities and trusted culture bearers; regular reporting to and collaborating with the CAC on expanded outreach to ensure diverse statewide representation of applicants; management of the application processes for artists through implementation, screening applications, award management, and regular reporting to the CAC.

The CAC will be responsible for distributing funds to the AO for regranting and program administration. The CAC will partner with the AO to develop an oversight plan for the CAC that will include providing input and approval on program development and implementation. The CAC expects to participate in bi-weekly check-in meetings with the AO, at minimum. The CAC will also conduct a program evaluation to document the impact of the program

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GrantWatch ID#: 193876

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Program administration of the grant activities: Up to $108,950 (8%) can be applied for this purpose
- Regranting awards of unrestricted funds to individuals: Grants of $1,000 each

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Arts organizations, individually or in partnership, with existing capacity in the following areas, are eligible to apply:
- Administering regranting programs to individuals, including providing direct grant payments
- Reaching artists and cultural practitioners representative of communities of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
- Providing technical assistance to grant applicants
- Employing a robust online grants management system.

Eligibility requirements:
- Documentation as being a California-based nonprofit arts/cultural organization; an arts-based unit of municipal or county government; or a tribal government, or nonprofit social service organization with regular ongoing arts programming and/or services, and 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 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
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates:
- Application opens: December 18, 2020
- Application deadline: February 25, 2021
- Panel Review: Approx. April – May 2021
- Funding Decision: Approx. June – July 2021
- Funding Notification: Approx. June – July 2021
- Grant Activity Period: September 1, 2021 – August 31, 2022

CAC staff is available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. CAC recommends that you contact staff well in advance of the deadline to ensure you can be accommodated.

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

Online application system:

Direct questions to:
Josy Miller, Ph.D, Arts Program Specialist
(916) 322-6385

To schedule a 15-minute phone consultation with Josy

California Arts Council
1300 I Street, Suite 930
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 322-6555
Toll Free: (800) 201-6201
FAX: (916) 322-6575

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