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Los Angeles CEDF

Applications are now closed. See below for 2018 Grantee announcement.


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:

  • recognize and support revenue-generating creative enterprises;
  • contribute positively to the economic development of the City of Los Angeles; and
  • make a positive social impact on a community that may be defined by a socio-cultural group or a place-based neighborhood of Los Angeles, with priority for economically-disadvantaged communities.

For a map of the City of Los Angeles geographic boundaries, visit http://www.laalmanac.com/LA/lamap2.htm  

Current Program Information:

Who is eligible to apply:

To be eligible for consideration, enterprises must:

  • be based in arts, culture, or independent design by either existing in the pursuit of artistic practice or cultural expression, or by making arts or design the primary goods or services;
  • apply commercial strategies that make, or will make, a positive economic contribution to the City of Los Angeles;
  • have owners (at least one) who are based in Los Angeles (i.e. currently living and/or working in the County of Los Angeles);
  • have 5 or fewer employees;
  • be 10 years old or less; and
  • be in good standing with the City of Los Angeles (i.e. meeting obligations if currently contracted by the City and compliant with all local and federal laws governing welfare, employment, business licensing, taxation, and other applicable regulated domains).

NOTE: We accept proposals wherein the project itself may be a business venture that is intended to exist temporarily.


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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.




CEDF Press Release for 2018 Grantees

CEDF Press Release for 2017 Grantees

CEDF Press Release for 2016 Grantees

CEDF Press Release for 2015 Grantees




Reflections on Creative Economic Development (or, What Social Artrepreneurs Need Now) by Allison Wyper (May 15, 2018)



Across Our Kitchen Tables

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

Narrated Objects' second print publication, Dear Seller: Real Estate Love Letters from Los Angeles, was featured on KCRW's Design and Architecture. Listen here.

Public Matters

"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

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

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!

Eastside Entrepreneurs

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.

Project Q Hairstream

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. 

Big City Forum

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 cedf@cciarts.org, or call (213) 687-8577.

Creative Economic Development Fund is supported by:

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