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The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners is a partnership between the California Arts Council (CAC) and the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI). The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners is distributing $920,000 from the CAC’s general fund in the form of $1,000 grants to help artists and cultural practitioners (including fine and performing artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and maker-based sole or collective creative entrepreneurs) who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of the state of California.
The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners is a response to the economic crisis, and ensuing financial needs of individuals, that has resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. The large-scale shutdown that was needed to slow the spread of COVID-19 has continued to put the entire arts sector on hold, effectively disrupting artists’ ability to earn income. Individuals are the backbone of arts and culture--exhibitions and performances, educational arts programming, community-anchoring cultural enterprises, and social impact-based creative entrepreneurship--and they need financial help to remain in our communities and contribute to making the state artistically and culturally vibrant.
Given how long the financial consequences of the coronavirus pandemic will last, the Fund welcomes additional support. Please contact Laura Poppiti, CCI Grants Program Director, at email@example.com if you would like to help with a tax-deductible contribution.
The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners online application can be accessed at: https://ccigrants.gosmart.org/
Applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s GO Smart™ system. All new applicants MUST register for an account with the GO Smart™ system BEFORE they will be able to access the grant application.
Applications will be accepted in English only. The application is brief and simple, and we encourage non-English speakers to find a friend, neighbor, or family who can help you apply.
If you have questions about the Fund or the application process, contact CCI at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: “CA Relief Fund” and your best contact number. Because our physical offices are closed, sending an email is the best way to reach us.
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