California Arts Council

State of California

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November 25, 2008Mary Beth Barber

"Creating Public Value" Grant Application -- online application, Cultural Data Project profile

California Arts Council program seeks to partner with organizations making a positive contribution to their communities

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The California Arts Council has opened the application process for its Creating Public Value grant program. Through this program, the California Arts Council seeks to partner with small California arts organizations in rural or under-served communities to implement new or expanded projects that make a positive contribution in these communities by utilizing tools identified as "The Three R's:" Relationships (building partnerships), Relevance (to audiences and community), and Return on Investment (promoting organizations' public value and economic impact to the authorizing environment).

Up to $10,000 in grant funding is available, and returning applicants should read the application guidelines carefully, as some of the requirements have changed from last year. The Creating Public Value program is in line with the California Arts Council's 2006 Strategic Plan that identified core elements to achieve its goal of becoming a public-value-driven agency: Advocating for the Arts, Public Awareness, and Programs.

New This Year! The application for the 2008-09 Creating Public Value program is completely online, and applicants are required to fill out a profile through the California Cultural Data Project and submit a supplementary form along with the application. The California Cultural Data Project (California CDP) is an online, statewide data collection effort for arts and culture designed to provide an easier application process for potential grantees through the development of a standardized form for organizational data that will accompany grant requests to the partnering funders.

Applicants will only need to complete the Cultural Data Project form once each year. Once the California CDP profile is complete, an arts organization can easily run a financial and/or data report as requested by each funder, instead of compiling individual reports for each grant application. Organization administrators can find the information for the California Cultural Data Project at, as well as the number and hours of the Cultural Data Project's "Help Desk."

Deadline for applications is January 23, 2009, and applications can be found at . Interested applicants may contact Lucero Arellano, Creating Public Value Arts Specialist, at 916-322-6338 or Members of the press should contact Mary Beth Barber at 916-322-6588 or

The mission of the California Arts Council, a state agency, is to advance California through the Arts and Creativity. Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Michael Alexander, Vice Chair Malissa Feruzzi Shriver, Eunice David, Adam Hubbard, Charmaine Jefferson, Chong-Moon Lee, Fred Sands, Karen Skelton, Susan Steinhauser and William Turner.

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