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Investing in Artists

The Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives 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 $2.19 million to 304 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 and media artists.

Current Program Information:

Who is eligible to apply:

Prospective applicants should read the guidelines carefully, as they differ from previous rounds, and make note of the following:

  • Investing in Artists grants program will now only fund Performing Arts and Media Arts working artists in 11 Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Cruz;
  • Applications will be accepted under the Artistic Innovation category for a maximum award of up to $8,000; and
  • Artists who were previously funded in the Artistic Innovation category will be eligible to re-apply for a new grant after a three-year waiting period (i.e., if you received an Artistic Innovation grant in 2015, you will be eligible to re-apply for this grant beginning this year).


This application is closed for 2018.

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The Investing in Artists online application can be accessed at: https://ccigrants.gosmart.org/.  Applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s GO Smart™ system.

Past Program Information:

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: