Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact


The City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs’ Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) provides project support to arts-based commercial  businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts. Incentive awards are for creative industries of all types, such as manufacturers, service providers, presenters, and designers, among others. The CIIF seeks to support projects aimed at building successful small arts businesses in San Jose by their ability to: Increase community support and marketability; Leverage CIIF funding with other funding support; and Demonstrate growth and economic sustainability.

In 2017, CIIF expanded to include a new funding category targeted specifically at arts businesses in San Jose serving as cultural anchors and catalysts in their neighborhoods. This place-based expansion is in response to a growing number of applications to CIIF from neighborhood-based arts businesses as well as nomadic enterprises seeking physical space to anchor themselves in a specific neighborhood. The requests have ranged from storefront improvements to neighborhood activation. The new category, Category 2: CIIF Place-Based, is in addition to the original CIIF category of business support that was offered in CIIF Rounds 1 through 5.

Investing in the economic sustainability of neighborhood arts businesses helps keep creativity alive in San Jose neighborhoods and maintains the unique qualities of place in a city challenged by increasing rents and the homogenizing effects of gentrification.




pdf_icon.jpg Guidelines  Updated September 7, 2018 

The Creative Industries Incentive Fund online application can be accessed at: https://ccigrants.gosmart.org/.  Applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s GO™ system.


For general information contact:
Arlene Biala, Arts Program Manager
San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
Phone: (408) 793-4332 
Email:  arlene.biala@sanjoseca.gov

For information on submitting a grant application contact:
Laura Poppiti, Program Director, Bay Area
Center for Cultural Innovation
Phone: (415) 288-0530
Email: ciif@cciarts.org

For announcements and updates regarding future application cycles, please sign up with the CCI website for program information.

Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) is made possible by funding from: