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The August 15 cycle is now closed. Notifications will be shared on September 15, 2023.

CCI will be hosting a Quick Grant Information Session on September 27, 2023 at 12 p.m. (noon) PT. Register here.


We are pleased to announce that, effective June 16, 2023, the Quick Grant program will no longer distribute awarded funds on a reimbursement basis. Instead, approved grantees will now receive their awarded funds upon signing and returning their grant agreement, and providing any required information, if applicable (e.g., for awards of $600 or more, grantees must complete the provided Form W-9). In addition, applications will now be accepted only through Submittable, CCI’s online grants platform.

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

The Quick Grant program awards 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: September 15, 2023 at 12 p.m. (Noon) PT -- activities must start on October 16, 2023 or after.

Applications are due on the 15th of the month at 12 p.m. (Noon) PT with a one-month turnaround. Applications for the following month's cycle will open on the 16th of the month.


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

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Applications will be accepted until the 15th of the month by 12 p.m. (Noon) PT.


Questions & Support

For questions related to the grant guidelines or application, email us at quickgrant@cciarts.org or give us a call at 415.288.0530 during our office hours on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT. (Office hour appointments are not required but encouraged! Find a time slot here.) 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. 

For technical assistance (e.g., password or upload issues) regarding the online application, request support at: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/. Submittable’s business hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. MT. They aim to respond within 24 business hours.

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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