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CAC’s Administering Organization Grant – Relief for Individual Artists & Cultural Practitioners (U.S.)

CAC’s Administering Organization Grant – Relief for Individual Artists & Cultural Practitioners (U.S.)


Deadline: 25-Feb-21

The California Arts Council (CAC) is seeking applications for its Administering Organization (AO) Grant – Relief for Individual Artists & Cultural Practitioners to manage a regranting program that provides rapid relief support grants to artists and cultural practitioners of color across the state of California who face dire economic consequences due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The AO will be responsible for the planning and implementation of the rapid relief grant program, including but not limited to: development of program components and timeline; implementing statewide and culturally specific engagement strategies to priority communities and trusted culture bearers; regular reporting to and collaborating with the CAC on expanded outreach to ensure diverse statewide representation of applicants; management of the application processes for artists through implementation, screening applications, award management, and regular reporting to CAC.

Funding Information

The AO grant will be for approximately $1,361,875, for the following purposes:

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Up to $108,950 (8%) can be applied for this purpose
Regranting awards of unrestricted funds to individuals
Grants of $1,000 each
Eligibility Criteria

Who can apply?
Arts organizations, individually or in partnership, with existing capacity in the following areas are eligible to apply:
Administering regranting programs to individuals, including providing direct grant payments
Reaching artists and cultural practitioners representative of communities of color disproportionately impacted by COVID-19
Providing technical assistance to grant applicants
Employing a robust online grants management system
Fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible to apply
Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission in order to be reviewed, ranked, and considered for funding.
California-based – Documentation as being a California-based nonprofit arts/cultural organization; an arts-based unit of municipal or county government; or a tribal government, or nonprofit social service organization with regular ongoing arts programming and/or services and a principal place of business in California.
Arts programming – Applicants must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
501(c)(3) organization as applicant – Non-governmental applicant organizations must demonstrate proof of nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
Signed partnership agreement – If more than one organization is applying in partnership, a partnership agreement signed by all parties must be included.
One organization must be the primary applicant. If awarded, that organization would become the legal contract holder with the CAC.
Racial equity statement – In January 2020, the CAC approved its Strategic Framework which articulated commitment to racial equity.
For more information, visit https://arts.ca.gov/grant_program/relief-for-individual-artists-and-cultural-practitioners/

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