California Arts Council

State of California

Professional Development

Professional Development

The Professional Development (PD) program (formerly the Professional Development category of the Professional Development and Consulting program) builds arts organizations’ capacity for success through small grants to support professional development activities. Refer to the new Organizational Development program for consulting activities.

  • The applicant must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization, local arts agency, or arts-based unit of government with a history of arts programming for a minimum of two years prior to the time of application.
  • An applicant without nonprofit status may use a California-based fiscal sponsor that has nonprofit status, federal 501(c)(3) designation, and which will provide the fiscal and administrative services needed to complete the grant.
  • See guidelines for complete requirements.

Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying to and receiving funding from other competitive CAC grant programs as long as those funds support distinctly different projects or activities. However, an organization can only receive one grant per year to the Professional Development program.

Program Goals

Strengthen organizational capacity by providing access to growth and leadership training opportunities for individuals working in nonprofit arts organizations.


Increase access to networks through attendance at conferences and convenings, as well as trainings and workshops to build skills.


Utilize field expertise to promote continuous learning for organizational development.



Staff Contact
Jaren Bonillo
Arts Program Specialist
(916) 322-6584

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Application Available:
December 5, 2017
Application Deadlines and Grant Activity Periods:
January 10, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: February 1, 2018 - May 31, 2018

March 1, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: June 1, 2018 - September 30, 2018

May 2, 2018, 5:00 PM
Grant Period: October 1, 2018 - January 31, 2019