California Arts Council

State of California

Local Impact

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The Local Impact (LI) program fosters equity, access, and opportunity by providing project and partnership support for small arts organizations reaching underserved communities. All projects must extend the reach of the arts to populations that have limited access to the arts.

Eligibility Criteria

The LI program supports California arts organizations serving underserved communities. All project activities must serve the specified underserved community.

Underserved includes inner city, low income, or rural communities, historically underserved ethnic and cultural communities, people with disabilities, etc. The term “rural” is defined in various ways: population density, population size, demographics, economic data or cultural identity.

  • The applicant must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization with a budget of $1M or less.
  • The organization must demonstrate a history of arts programming for a minimum of two years prior to the time of application. (Organizations, whose primary focus is a single event, or events held over the course of a single day or weekend per year, are not eligible to apply.)
  • Use of Fiscal Sponsors allowed in this program.
  • Projects that include multi-generational or life-long arts learning components may apply.
  • School-site based arts education programs, or after-school or summer arts education programs serving PreK-12 students may not apply.


Staff Contact

J. Andrea Porras
Arts Program Specialist

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Program Goals

Provide greater access to the arts for individuals, families and communities by reducing barriers to arts participation or exploring innovative strategies for new or increased participation. Activate community participants to develop and express their own creative and artistic abilities.
Celebrate local artistic or culturally specific traditions.
Utilize artists and creative projects to address specific community needs, encourage individuals to be active in shaping community life, or foster shared understanding between people. Include artist residencies characterized by deep community interaction and artistic processes that are informed by that interaction. Embed arts activities in community spaces or organizations such as libraries, parks, senior centers, teen centers, cultural centers, or hospitals.


Guidelines and Application coming soon!


Guidelines & Application Available:
December 2017
Application Deadline:
March 15, 2018
Grant Activity Period:
June 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019