Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact


Las solicitudes se aceptarán solo en inglés. La aplicación es breve y sencilla. Por favor, encuentre un amigo que pueda ayudarlo a traducir y enviar su solicitud antes de la fecha límite del 8 de diciembre a las 12 PM (mediodía) PT.

基金仅接受英文申请,申请快速简单。请找一位可以协助您翻译的朋友,并在太平洋时间 12 月 8 日中午 12 点(中午)截止日期之前提交您的申请。

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Applications will be accepted in English only. The application is brief and simple. Please find a friend who can help you translate and submit your application by the deadline of December 8, 12 p.m. (Noon) PT.

The application deadline has passed.

Notifications regarding funding status were shared on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.


The East Bay Relief Fund for Individuals in the Arts is a pooled fund led by Kenneth Rainin Foundation with support from the Walter & Elise Haas Fund. The Fund makes available $337,500 to help the region’s artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) is administering this Fund.

The Fund is for artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and nonprofit arts workers who need financial help as a result of this federally recognized qualified disaster. Grants will be distributed to reflect the diversity of the East Bay—Alameda and Contra Costa Counties—including those who are of historically underserved communities and whose marginalized status have made the economic impacts of COVID-19 more difficult financially on them. 

Applicants can apply for up to $2,000 and we ask that you only apply if you have or are anticipating immediate needs. This is because we want to reserve as much of the Relief Fund as possible for those facing significant financial threats. The Fund will prioritize the financial needs of individuals who are of cultural communities that are historically underserved and are particularly financially vulnerable—Black, Indigenous, Latinx, foreign-born immigrants, trans, and people with disabilities—and distribute the funds throughout the two-county East Bay region.  


Please contact Laura Poppiti, CCI Program Director, at grants@cciarts.org if you would like to support artists with a tax-deductible contribution.


  • Must be a current, full-time resident of Alameda or Contra Costa Counties; 
  • Must be an artist, teaching artist, culture bearer, and/or nonprofit arts worker; and
  • Cannot have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationships) with the boards, staff, and directors of CCI and funders of the Relief Fund.


  • Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 9 a.m. PT: Application Cycle Opens 
  • Wednesday, December 8, 2021 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PT: Application Cycle Closes 
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021: Notifications Made 
  • Tuesday, December 14, 2021 – Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 5 pm PT: Payment processing (Grantees who sign and return their grant agreements after December 21 at 5 p.m. will have their payment processed on or after January 3, 2022. For this reason, we strongly encourage signing the grant agreement and activating your Tipalti payment processing account as soon as possible in order to receive payment before the end of the 2021 year.)


Applications will be accepted beginning November 16 at 9 a.m. PT until December 8 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PT. Completed applications must be submitted by the deadline—no exceptions will be made. Additionally, applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s Submittable platform. All applicants MUST create an account in Submittable before they will be able to access the grant application.

The application deadline has passed.

Notifications regarding funding status were shared on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.



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We’re here to help! If you have questions about the Fund or the application process, contact CCI at grants@cciarts.org or 213.705.9112.

If you are experiencing issues with the Submittable platform, contact Submittable directly at support@submittable.com. You may also reach out to CCI at grants@cciarts.org or call us at 213.705.9112. For Deaf applicants and those with hearing loss, contact CCI using the California Relay Service—our staff are trained in making and receiving these calls.