Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

The 2022 application cycle is closed. Notifications will be shared on October 4 by 5 PM PT.

Investing in Artists supports diverse, Bay Area working artists who are developing new work in the performing or media arts that pushes the envelope of their creative process, explores new artistic collaborations, and/or supports artistic growth and experimentation that extends the boundaries of their art-making.

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 290 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 (2021-2023) for the Investing in Artists program for Bay Area Performing and Media artists.


To be considered for funding, applicants:

  • NEW FOR 2022: Must reside full-time in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or San Mateo county at the time of applying and for the duration of the grant period (October 2022 – September 2023).
    • Investing in Artists' 2021-2023 funding cycle will rotate Bay Area county eligibility. In 2021, artists residing in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties were eligible to apply and in 2023, artists residing in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties will be eligible.  
  • Must be an individual working artist; organizations, artistic companies, and collectives cannot apply.
  • Must propose a new project. (Projects that have already taken place or that will take place before the start of the grant period are ineligible. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.)
  • Must have performed or presented artistic work in a public context—including online/digital platforms—within the last three years.
  • Must be 18 years or older at the time of the application deadline.
  • Cannot be a full-time or matriculated student.
  • Cannot submit more than one application.
  • Cannot have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationship) with the board, staff, or directors of the Center for Cultural Innovation.


Application Opens

July 6, 2022, 9:00 a.m. PT

Application Webinar

July 20, 2022, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT


Application Deadline

August 17, 2022, 12:00 p.m. PT (NOON)

Application Notifications

October 4, 2022

Project Start Date

October 5, 2022


pdf_icon.jpg 2022 Guidelines 

pdf_icon.jpg 2022 Frequently Asked Questions 

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pdf_icon.jpg Investing in Artists 202 Webinar Slide Deck



If you have questions about the program or application process, email CCI at grants@cciarts.org with the subject heading, "Investing in Artists" or call 415.288.0530. For Deaf applicants and those with hearing loss, contact CCI using the California Relay Service—our staff are trained in making and receiving these calls.

If you are experiencing issues with the Submittable platform, contact Submittable directly at support@submittable.com


CCI wishes to thank the following individuals and organizations for their outreach and networking support:

  • Arte del Corazón
  • Arts Council Santa Cruz County
  • City of San José, Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Content Magazine
  • Cristal Avila, Santa Cruz Application Ambassador
  • Frederica Smith, Santa Cruz Application Ambassador
  • genARTS Silicon Valley
  • InterMusic SF
  • Robert Parra, Philanthropist/Creative Producer
  • San Mateo County Office of Arts and Culture
  • School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza


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


The Investing in Artists grant program is made possible with support from: