Creative California Communities

Kala Art Institute

The Creative California Communities Program supports exceptional demonstration/replicable projects that harness arts and culture as a key economic development or arts service strategy for large and small communities.

  • The applicant must be an arts nonprofit organization or local arts agency with a history of arts programming for a minimum of the last two years. Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying for and receiving funding from other competitive CAC grants programs as long as those funds are used for different purposes.


    • Creative California Communities grants are supported by one-time funds from the California State Assembly. In July 2013, the California Arts Council received $2 million in savings from the 2013 State Assembly operating budget. The funds, directed to support arts and arts education programs in California communities via grants or direct services, were encumbered during the 2013-2014 fiscal year and will be expended by June 30, 2015. Funds will not be used for administrative costs at the Arts Council.

      Funds were distributed through Creative California Communities and two additional competitive grant programs, as well as through special arts education initiatives - reaching a total of 43 counties across California. A summary of all one-time programs and initiatives can be viewed at this link.


Program Goals

Revitalize neighborhoods and communities using arts as the central activity.

Stimulate increased participation/engagement in arts and cultural activities by residents
and visitors, and foster new or expanded arts activities.

Bring together local arts, business and/or government entities to build relationships.

Increase opportunities for California artists—those from within and/or outside of the
applicant’s community—to serve the people of California.



• Guidelines
• Comparison of CCC and CPV


Application available:
Friday, January 31, 2014

Application deadline:
Friday, March 28, 2014

Grant activity period:
Late June 2014 – June 30, 2015