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Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

The Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives of, and strengthen the creative support system for, California artists working in all disciplines. Since that time, with the support of The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI has awarded over $2 million to 284 diverse artists working in various disciplines across the state.

Through the continued support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI is pleased to offer an additional three rounds of funding (2018-2020) for the Investing in Artists program for Bay Area Performing Arts and Media Arts artists.

Program Information

The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to support diverse working artists in the Bay Area in the performing arts and media arts, which includes the disciplines of dance, music, musical theatre, opera, theatre, video, film, and animation, to name a few. As such, applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing arts and media arts are encouraged to apply.

General Eligibility Criteria:

  • Application must be submitted by an individual working artist; organizations cannot apply.
  • Must show proof (if awarded) of permanent residency in California in the 11-county Bay Area region for at least three (3) consecutive years prior to the application deadline. This region is comprised of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey, and Santa Cruz counties.
  • Must maintain permanent residency in the 11-county Bay Area region during the grant award period.
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time of the application deadline.
  • Cannot be a full-time or matriculated student.
  • Must have performed or presented artistic work in a public context within the last three years.
  • Only one application total may be submitted per individual.
  • NEW for 2020: Applicant cannot be a previous Investing in Artists—Artistic Innovation grantee.


  • Application opens: July 20, 2020, 9:00 a.m. PDT
  • Application deadline: August 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m. PDT (no exceptions)
  • Application notifications: October 16, 2020
  • Project start date: October 19, 2020

**Please read the Investing in Artists Guidelines, FAQs, and How to Apply instructions prior to accessing the application**


pdf_icon.jpg FAQs

images/pdf_icon.jpg How to Apply 



The Investing in Artists online application can be accessed at: or by clicking on the button below. 


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



If you have questions about the program or application process, contact CCI at with the subject heading, "Investing in Artists."



To browse profiles of past grantees use the search form here. You can also See Past Awards Press Releases.


CCI Investing in Artists grants program is made available, in part, by funding from: