Grant Opportunities

Communities of Color Arts and Culture 2021 Grant Program (US)

Communities of Color Arts and Culture 2021 Grant Program (US)


The Arts Council of Kern (ACK) has launched the Communities of Color Arts and Culture 2021 Grant Program.

The Arts Council of Kern, with support from the California Arts Council, has created a re-granting program that will serve communities of colour disproportionately affected by COVID-19 in Kern County. The Communities of Color Arts and Culture Grant Program is intended to aid BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) arts and cultural organizations to restart arts engagement in the community. These grants are specifically intended for BIPOC arts and cultural organizations or arts/cultural organizations that primarily serve communities of colour.

Funding Information

Project grants are available from the arts council of kern for amounts upto $1,500.
Eligibility Criteria

Grants are open to established nonprofit organizations, arts organizations, or other organizations involved in arts and/or cultural related activities.
Applicants must be a BIPOC lead organization or an organization that primarily serves and promotes communities of colour.
Applicants must reside or operate in Kern County.
Grants are required to be matched 1:1. Grant requests should not exceed more than 50% of the cost of a project. Applicants must contribute a matching portion of the total project cost either in cash, in-kind volunteer time, services or materials. Clearly state the match in the request.
Project outcomes should show clearly how the grantee will contribute to arts access, advocacy or arts education for Kern County with a focus on Kern County’s BIPOC residents and cultural communities.
Organizations and/or individuals are required to become members of the Arts Council of Kern at the time of application.
Grant programming must be completed by December 31, 2021.
Criteria Used in Awarding Grants

BIPOC Art and/or Cultural Community Focus:
Does the project serve to promote the arts and/or cultural awareness in Kern County BIPOC communities?
Does the project encourage BIPOC community participation in the development and/or execution of the project?
Artistic Quality:
Does the project promote the development of artistic standards or enhance greater arts awareness and understanding in and for communities of colour?
Project and Management Capabilities:
Does the organization have fiscal, marketing and management capabilities to successfully carry out the project?
Does the organization have a plan to build audience participation?
Does your project have a contingency plan to continue in anticipation of any unexpected environmental or technological circumstances?
Preference will be given to innovative arts and/or cultural programming, especially in under-served and under-funded areas of the County.
Meets Eligibility.
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