California Arts Council

State of California

Creative California Communities

Piece by Piece

The Creative California Communities (CCC) program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a creative placemaking strategy. Projects will benefit residents and visitors in California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector (artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses) to address community needs or priorities. Proposed projects must be designed and developed in partnership between the applicant organization and at least one partnering organization and should include California artists and their work as central to project design and implementation.

The Creative California Communities grant runs on a two-year grant cycle. The next application will open in the Fall of 2018.

Program Goals

Revitalize neighborhoods or communities using arts as the central project activity and artists as key participants in that effort. Develop innovative arts or culturally related approaches to cultural economic development tailored to the specific communities or circumstances.
Stimulate increased participation/engagement in arts and cultural activities by residents and visitors, and create opportunities for California artists. Activate new arts activities or expanded arts activities/elements within an ongoing event.


Next application cycle will be in the Fall of 2018.


Guidelines & Application Available:
Fall 2018
Grant Activity Period:
June 1, 2019 - May 31, 2021