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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for arts fellowships that promote career development. Fellowship programs will support artists from a wide range of disciplines. Eligible costs include program design, implementation, publication, production, and administration. Applicants must be based in Region 4, which includes 58 counties in Northern California.
The California Arts Council’s policies and practices prioritize racial equity and have a broad geographic reach into communities of all sizes and needs, and this includes providing critical services to artists and to the community at large. The CAC is committed to funding opportunities that support all of California’s creative ecosystem. Offering fellowship support to artists responds to the CAC’s Strategic Framework by directly supporting individuals who embody aesthetics, a key value of the CAC, recognizing all art forms and artistic traditions that enable full and meaningful creative expression.
Through a network of regionally-based Administering Organizations (AOs), the Individual Artists Fellowship (IAF) program will continue to recognize, uplift, and celebrate the excellence of California artists practicing any art form. In doing so, the CAC will showcase the centrality of artists’ leadership in guiding the evolution of traditional and contemporary cultures.
Excellence, for purposes of this grant, is defined as an artist’s:
This program will support artists at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and the state. Fellowship grants support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. This program is intended to support a broad spectrum of artists working in all disciplines, from diverse geographies and communities of all sizes across the state of California.
Administering Organizations will regrant fellowship awards to provide unrestricted funding in support of the fellows’ artistic practice. The following three tiers of funding are available:
For further guidelines for artists and administering organizations, see: https://arts.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/2022_IAF-AO_Guidelines_B2.pdff#page=3
Additional Geographic Information:Regional Map: https://arts.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/INA_2022_RegionalMap.pdf
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Grant Activity Period: April 1, 2023 – December 31, 2024.
For assistance from CAC staff:
Josy Miller, Ph.D.
Arts Program Specialist
California Arts Council
2750 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95833
Toll Free (800) 201-6201
FAX: (916) 322-6575