Center for Cultural Innovation
knowledge + networks + financial independence for artists


investing_in_artists_logo.jpgArtistic creation requires more than just talent - it requires an initial investment of time and money as well. For this reason, the need for grant support has become a critical part of the creative process for many working artists today.  The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to address this need by providing working artists in California with the financial resources and creative support systems they need to thrive.

Investing in Artists provides grants to individual  artists in two funding categories:

  1. Grants for Artistic Equipment and Tools (up to $6,000), and
  2. Grants for Artistic Innovation (up to $10,000). 

Applications are accepted on a deadline basis through our online grant submission process only.  Deadlines rotate by disciplines.

Current Program Information:

2014 Visual Arts, Craft and Literary Arts round Guidelines & Application. The application must be completed online through the GO™ system at


Deadline:  July 1, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. PST



Frequently Asked Questions


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How do you define “Visual Arts?”
Visual Arts category includes drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, graphic design and photography. Applicants who are primarily media artists (i.e., working in film, audio or video or using digital art forms such as animation, computer graphics, etc.), may be eligible to apply in the Visual Arts funding category if their project incorporates a significant visual arts component, as defined above.


CCI Investing in Artists Grants program is made available in part, by funding from:

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