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Grant to a California Arts Nonprofit to Build Capacity and Improve Operations


Geographic Focus

USA: California

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Cultural Pathways-Technical Assistance Program

California Arts Council (CAC)

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #202985

Grant Description

Grant to a California nonprofit arts organization for capacity-building efforts. Funding is intended for programs that offer professional development and technical assistance to arts nonprofits. The goal of the grant program is to strengthen the capacity of small, new, and emerging arts organizations that are rooted in historically and systemically under-resourced communities and to anchor the cultural and creative work of these organizations into the cultural landscape of the state.

Successful applicants will provide Cultural Pathways grantees with technical assistance and professional development tools, resources, and training. Technical assistance may take the form of convenings, webinars, learning communities, workshops, and more.

Program Goals

  • Strengthen the organizational capacity of Cultural Pathways grantee organizations.
  • Advance specific skills and knowledge of Cultural Pathways organization’s key administrative, artistic, and governance personnel.
  • Support the strategic and long-term stability of Cultural Pathways grantee organizations.
  • Promote best practices in nonprofit and public sector management.

Technical Assistance may include the following areas:

  • Online grants management system support
  • Grant evaluation and reporting assistance
  • Additional areas as identified by the grantee cohort

Professional Development may include providing assistance with the following:

  • Strategic planning and implementation
  • Leadership and board development
  • Nonprofit financial management
  • Fund development strategies
  • Marketing and outreach
  • Data and systems management
  • Arts presenting
  • Communicating the value of the work
  • Program evaluation
  • Developing and maintaining partnerships
  • Additional areas as identified by the grantee cohort.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.


Funding Restrictions
- For organizations with total operating revenue above $250,000, the sum of requests for CAC grants during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of the total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year.
- Current (2022) Cultural Pathways grantee organizations are not eligible to apply.
- Organizations are not eligible to apply to receive technical assistance for their own organization. This grant program is specifically designed for an organization to deliver technical assistance and professional development to the 2022 Cultural Pathways grantees.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Office Hours
Virtual office sessions are available to provide technical assistance the Cultural Pathways – Technical Assistance applicants. Arts Program Specialists Gabrielle Rosado and Josy Miller will discuss your organization-specific grant application questions, with participants admitted via a Zoom waiting room. Hours are offered as follows:

Thursday, December 22, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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Monday, January 9, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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Friday, January 20, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.
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Pre-Application Information:

- Application Opens: December 15, 2022
- Application Deadline: January 26, 2023 11:59 PM
- Panel Review: Approx. January – February 2023
- Funding Decision: Approx. late February 2023
- Funding Notification: March 2023
- Grant Activity Period: April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2025
- Interim Report Deadline: April 30, 2024
- Final Report Deadline: April 30, 2025
- Estimated Arrival of Funds: Approx. July 1, 2023 – September 1, 2023

Applications will be available online through the CAC’s online grants management system. Only applications submitted through the system by the deadline will be accepted. It is recommended that new applicants create an online profile well in advance of the application deadline.

This grant does not require matching funds.

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Additional Funding Information:

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Number of Grants:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicant organizations can request up to $150,000

For organizations with total operating revenue above $250,000, the sum of requests for CAC grants during the same year of funding cannot exceed 50% of the total operating revenue from the most recently completed fiscal year.

Term of Contract:

Grant Activity Period: April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2025 (2 years)

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Staff Contact
Gabrielle Rosado
Arts Program Specialist

California Arts Council
2750 Gateway Oaks Drive, Suite 300
Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 322-6555
Toll-Free (800) 201-6201

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