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New Grant Opportunities for Artists, Arts Administrators

The California Arts Council has announced three new grant opportunities currently available to individual artists and arts administrators—Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship, California Creative Corps (via Center for Cultural Power), and Individual Artists Fellowship (via Youth Speaks) for the Bay Area and Northern California. Following are details on the fellowships and information on how to apply.

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Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowships

The California Arts Council and Association of Arts Administration are offering Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowships for both individual fellows and host organizations based in California. Eleven individuals chosen to be fellows will receive stipends of $50,000 each, access to professional development opportunities, and immersion in a supportive learning community. Additionally, $35,000 will be re-granted to host organizations, along with guidance to ensure an effective fellowship experience.

More information and application guidelines are available at the Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship website. Key info:

Application deadline:
  • Wednesday, September 20, 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time.
Online applications and instructions:

The Arts Administrators Pipeline Fellowship is supported by the California Arts Council as a continued investment in the future of a creative California, an inclusive workforce in arts and culture, and the vibrancy of the organizations that are creating and preserving the cultural identities of all California communities.

Center for Cultural Power

The Center for Cultural Power, in partnership with the California Arts Council, will provide a total of 60 grants of $15,000—30 to Culture Bearers (carriers of tradition and cultural stewardship), and 30 to Artist Disruptors (those who inspire action and work toward social justice. All must live and/or work in specific California zip codes (based on the California Healthy Places Index within the bottom 25th Quartile).

More information and application guidelines are available at the California x Culture Bearers & Artist Disruptors Awards website. Key info:

Application deadline:
  • Wednesday, September 22, 3 p.m., Pacific Time.
Online applications and instructions:

Each award is to develop new or existing projects and/or content that advances at least one of California Art Council’s four primary focus areas:

  1. Public health awareness messages to stop the spread of COVID-19.
  2. Public awareness related to water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery.
  3. Civic engagement, including election participation.
  4. Social justice and community engagement.

Youth Speaks

On behalf of the Individual Artists Fellowship program, Youth Speaks will distribute a total of $740,000 in fellowships among 35 California-based individual artists and culture bearers at the intersection of culture, ancestral and Indigenous practices, and multi-racial movement work. Awards will range from $5,000 to $50,000. The fellowship period will be for approximately one year, starting this November.

Applicants must reside in the following counties: Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba.

More information and application guidelines are available at the Youth Speaks Individual Artist Fellowships website. Key info:

Application deadline:
  • Saturday, September 30, 11:59 p.m., Pacific Time.
Online applications and instructions:

The Individual Artists Fellowship program supports artists at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and our state. Fellowship grants support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. This program is intended to support a broad spectrum of artists working in all disciplines, from diverse geographies and communities of all sizes across the state of California.

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