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Important Announcement

The Quick Grant program will be offline from May 16, 2023 - June 15, 2023, and will re-open on June 16, 2023 on Submittable. 

Quick Grant will be transitioning to Submittable, CCI’s online grants management platform, from May 16 – June 15, 2023. During this period, no applications will be accepted. The program will re-open on June 16 and resume its deadlines on the 15th of every month thereafter. 

Applicants who applied by May 15 will hear back on June 15 by 5:30 pm PT.

The Quick Grant program supports artists and arts organizations' financial resilience through professional development support.

The Quick Grant program awards reimbursement funds up to $600 to California artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers, and San Francisco/San Jose nonprofit arts administrators to participate in professional development activities that build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial resilience of the grantee’s practice, area of cultural production, or arts organization.

Who Can Apply

  • California artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers; and
  • San Francisco and San José nonprofit arts organization staff

Eligible Activities

  • Professional development activities that build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and/or strengthen the financial resilience of the grantee’s practice, area of cultural production, or arts organization.
  • Activities must begin after application notification. For example, for the January 15, 2023 deadline, the proposed activity must start on or after February 16, 2023.
  • Examples include (but aren’t limited to):

o Conferences, convenings, festivals
o Business trainings or workshops
o Platform memberships
o One-on-one work with consultants, coaches, and mentors including requests to bring your practice or programming online*

*Due to limited resources, requests by Los Angeles County applicants to work one-on-one with a consultant are extremely competitive. Priority will instead go to Los Angeles County applicants who propose group activities such as public workshops, conferences, and trainings.)

Ineligible Activities

  • Activities focused primarily on creative or artistic skill development, art teaching/teaching artist methods and techniques, or artistic presentation/production
  • Activities that support an applicant’s adjacent enterprise 
  • Requests to support overhead, general operating expenses, or lost income
  • Funding to purchase art supplies, materials, or advance inventory 
  • Activities proposed by artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, or cultural producers to support the operations of a nonprofit organization or a role in arts administration
  • Activities that have already taken place or that will occur before application notifications are sent

How to Apply

Upcoming Application Deadline:

We'll be offline from May 16 - June 15, 2023, and will re-open on June 16, 2023 on Submittable. See you soon!

Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the following month's application cycle. See the deadline/activity start date examples below:


Please review the program guidelines and FAQs for additional information before applying.

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Questions & Support

CCI staff are here to help! Please email us at quickgrant@cciarts.org or call 415.288.0530 for assistance. 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.

To learn more about Quick Grant, watch our May 2022 webinar which provided an overview of grants and trainings available to arts and culture workers in California, including CALI Catalyst Grants, Quick Grants, and The Business of Art boot camp and workbook.

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The Quick Grant program is made possible with support from:

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