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Investing in Arts Leadership in California

The CALI Accelerator program will award grants of up to $1,000 to emerging arts professionals affiliated with a nonprofit arts organization, with a priority for those whose perspectives are not well represented by the conventional arts and culture field, to practice their leadership vision and voice. Grants are awarded on a monthly basis throughout the year.

The perspectives of early career administrators, younger professionals, and those who come from underrepresented backgrounds as a result of geographic location, socio-economic backgrounds, educational levels, and ethnicity have tended to be marginalized; yet the future vitality and relevancy of the arts and culture field needs this very combination of voices. In response to these circumstances and with the support of The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI affords emerging arts professionals with opportunities to identify, exercise, and hone their vision and voice.

Apply online by the 15th of the month to support activities taking place 60 days or more from the application deadline. You will receive notification about your request by the 15th of the following month. 

PLEASE NOTE—NEW GUIDELINES: In October 2018, guidelines were updated to emphasize individual leadership development that prepares applicants to be influential in their organization, discipline, or larger arts and culture field. These changes were reflected with the addition of “Accelerator” to the CALI program name. Prior to this iteration, the program was known as CALI and even earlier, as the NextGen Arts Program. To ensure you are eligible for a CALI Accelerator grant, please read the online Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below.


Emerging arts leaders throughout California may be eligible to apply for up $1,000.

Current Deadline: April 15, 2020 - proposed activity eligible start date is after June 15, 2020


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The California Art Leaders Investments (CALI) Accelerator Program is made possible in part by funding from: