Los Angeles' Creative Economic Development Fund (CEDF) is an investment program that provides funding for projects that will help launch startup or expand micro-sized creative enterprises (5 or fewer employees). This year $100,000 in grants are available to entities—independent businesses, self-employed artists or cultural producers, artist collectives, or nonprofits with significant earned income activities—that use commercial strategies in pursuit of an arts or culture mission that have a social impact.
The objective is to support creative enterprises that will have a positive economic development impact in the City of Los Angeles, with priority consideration for enterprises and their projects that will benefit economically disadvantaged communities or geographically underdeveloped neighborhoods. The outcomes of this program, in priority order, are to:
For a map of the City of Los Angeles geographic boundaries, visit http://www.laalmanac.com/LA/lamap2.htm
Who is eligible to apply:
To be eligible for consideration, enterprises must:
NOTE: We accept proposals wherein the project itself may be a business venture that is intended to exist temporarily.
The Creative Economic Development Fund online application can be accessed at: https://ccigrants.cgweb.org/. Applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s GO™ system.
AOKT co-founder and owner of Todo Verde Jocelyn Ramirez shared the story of her plant-based food business bringing healthy, delicious, heritage foods and beverages to her East Los Angeles community. Watch the LatiNation clip here.
Narrated Objects' second print publication, Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, was featured on KCRW's Design and Architecture. Listen here.
"Greetings from East L.A." is an art, design, and urban planning project with 11th-grade students at the East Los Angeles Renaissance Academy at Esteban E. Torres High School. Initiated by Public Matters with Dept of Places in 2016, the project explores, documents and interprets the value that the students assign to people and places in East L.A. while responding to representation and equity.
Rational Dress Society's JUMPSUIT ("the only garment you'll ever need to own") was featured in The Paris Review. The unisex garment is a wearable article of clothing for all body types that also functions as an art project critiquing consumerism. Read more at jumpsu.it.
Narrated Objects launched their first publication: We Heart P-22, a coloring and activity book celebrating LA's most famous mountain lion. Watch for their popup at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions in December 2017!
Cha Cha Covers, an enterprise founded by Ana Guajardo of Eastside Entrepreneurs Collaborative Studio, is part of LA Original, a pilot program of the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development that celebrates LA as the creative capital of the world.
ProjectQ's Hairstream project was featured in Vogue for Pride 2017. Previously, Madin Lopez was featured on MTV's Transformation. Lopez is a hairstylist who believes a full makeover is one of the best ways for a trans or gender non-conforming person to feel comfortable in their body. Throughout Transformation, Lopez offers free hairstyling and mentoring to the six subjects.
Lucy Cook of Confetti Confidential, one of the participating design collectives in Big City Forum's Talleres Publicos in Pacoima, as featured in inform.design, a CalArts publication.
If you have additional questions about the application process, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (213) 687-8577.
Creative Economic Development Fund is supported by: