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Administering Organization – Individual Artist Fellowships in California


Applications for the Individual Artist Fellowship program is open for applications from California-based artists in early 2023.

Donor Name: California Arts Council

State: California

County: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Fellowship

Deadline: 08/31/2022

Size of the Grant: $925,000


The California Arts Council’s policies and practices prioritize racial equity and have a broad geographic reach into communities of all sizes and needs, and this includes providing critical services to artists and to the community at large. The CAC is committed to funding opportunities that support all of California’s creative ecosystem. Offering fellowship support to artists responds to the CAC’s Strategic Framework by directly supporting individuals who embody aesthetics, a key value of the CAC, recognizing all art forms and artistic traditions that enable full and meaningful creative expression.

Through a network of regionally-based Administering Organizations (AOs), the Individual Artists Fellowship (IAF) program will continue to recognize, uplift, and celebrate the excellence of California artists practicing any art form. In doing so, the CAC will showcase the centrality of artists’ leadership in guiding the evolution of their traditional and contemporary cultures.

Excellence, for purposes of this grant, is defined as an artist’s:

  • Unique artistic vision
  • Ongoing commitment to creative practice
  • Engagement with and impact on the larger cultural ecosystem

This program will support artists at key moments in their careers, elevating their capacity for continued contribution to the field and their state. Fellowship grants support individual artistic practice through unrestricted funding. This program is intended to support a broad spectrum of artists working in all disciplines, from diverse geographies and communities of all sizes across the state of California.

Funding Information

  • Region I: $925,000 – To serve Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and San Diego counties
  • Region II: $825,000 – To serve Los Angeles County
  • Region III: $700,000 – To serve Fresno, Kern, Kings, Inyo, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Ventura counties
  • Region IV: $800,000 – To serve Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, El Dorado, Glenn, Humboldt, Lake, Lassen, Marin, Mendocino, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties.

Eligibility Criteria 

California-based artists, 18 years of age and older, working in any artistic discipline, who reside primarily in California and have a history of artistic practice in California, are eligible to apply. Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission in order to be reviewed, ranked, and considered for funding.

  • Artist’s narrative – Applicants must provide a brief description of their background and focus, and a description of how the funds will support the artist’s professional practice.
  • Artist work samples – Applicants must include examples of their work over the time period relative to the funding tier (three pieces for Emerging, six for Established, and 10 for Legacy artists). Letter of support or testimonial – Applicants must provide a written signed statement from an individual or organization familiar with their body of work that can substantiate the artist’s practice, relevance, and impact in their community.
  • Support materials – Applicants must supply a resume or curriculum vitae (CV). Applicants may also submit up to two additional supporting documents such as press materials, flyers, brochures, programs, newsletters, and other marketing pieces. More recent materials are preferred; however, we recognize that COVID-19 has impacted the amount of work created in the past year.
  • Signatures on required attachments – Letters and other attachments requiring signatures must include completed digital or scanned signatures in order to be considered for funding.

For more information, visit California Arts Council.

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