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


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.

UPDATE (as of February 23, 2021): The Investing in Artists 2021 application period will open on July 1 and close on August 16. For the 2021 – 2023 award cycle, artists residing in select Bay Area counties will be eligible to apply. Award cycles and corresponding eligible counties are:

  • 2021: Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco
  • 2022: Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo
  • 2023: Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma 

Application guidelines will be available in late spring 2021. Stay tuned! 

For your reference, below please find 2020 cycle ephemera. These items are for reference only and will be modified for the 2021 - 2023 award cycles. 


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