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2023 CAC Folk and Traditional Arts Grant Program – California


The Folk and Traditional Arts (FTA) grant program intends to redirect resources at the local level by proposing to fund one or more Administering Organizations (AO) with demonstrated capacity for statewide and regional reach that will regrant funds, provide technical assistance, and/or build capacity with artists and arts organizations in support of folk and traditional arts expressions.

Donor Name: California Arts Council

State: California

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 06/06/2023

Size of the Grant: up to $1,000,000

Grant Duration: 2 years



The California Arts Council (CAC) encourages artistic awareness, participation, and expression; to help independent local groups develop their own arts programs; to promote employment of artists and those skilled in crafts in the public and private sector; and to enlist the aid of all state agencies in the task of ensuring the fullest expression of their artistic potential.

The AO will work directly with artists who practice traditional art forms. The forms of traditional expression can include but are not limited to: crafts, music, dance, ritual, and technical skills.

This program centralizes local artists and their artistic processes as vehicles for community vitality. This funding opportunity recognizes that artists are integral to healthy communities, and that the arts are a societal cornerstone that brings people together, builds community, and fosters social progress.

Funding Information

The AO grant will fund up to $1,000,000 per year for two years for the following purposes:

  • Program design and implementation costs of up to 30% can be used for program design and implementation, including up to 10% to support administrative costs and 20% for staff salaries for artists and culture bearers to implement required program activities.
  • The CAC is proposing to serve one AO for this program. However, if it is determined that multiple applicants will meet the requirement of implementing statewide and engagement strategies to priority communities and trusted culture bearers, the CAC will consider distributing awards to multiple AOs.
  • Funding is contingent upon availability of funds and passage of the state budget for 2023-24 and 2024-25. Funds will be paid out at $1,000,000 during the first program year and $1,000,000 during the second program year, contingent on passage of the state budget for each year.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission to be considered for funding.

  • California-based – Documentation of having a principal place of business in California.
  • Arts programming – Applicants must have a minimum five-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
  • 501(c)(3) organization as applicant – Non-governmental (municipal, county, or tribal) applicant organizations must demonstrate proof of nonprofit status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or section 23701d of the California Revenue and Taxation Code.
  • Certificate of good standing – Nonprofit organizations must have “active status” with the California Secretary of State (SOS) showing evidence of “good standing” at the time of application. You can verify your organization’s status by conducting a search using the SOS online Business Search tool. An indication of “active” (versus “suspended,” “dissolved,” “cancelled,” etc.) confirms that your nonprofit corporation exists, is authorized to conduct business in the State of California, has met all licensing and corporation requirements, and has not received a suspension from the Franchise Tax Board.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant organizations and their partnering personnel and/or organizations (if applicable) will be assessed on the strength with which they demonstrate the following:

Organizational Capacity and Readiness

  • Applicant organizations and/or key project personnel must have a minimum of five years of experience working with the nonprofit and/or arts and culture fields in California.
  • Applicant organizations and/or key personnel must demonstrate five years of experience reaching diverse communities across the state.
  • Applicant organizations and/or key project personnel must demonstrate at least five years of grants management experience and demonstrate administrative and organizational capacity to administer grant programs, including application submission and review processes, financial tracking, and grants management capability.
  • Applicant organizations and/or key personnel must demonstrate ability to design and implement programs with statewide reach that include rural communities and regions outside of major metropolitan areas.
  • Applicant organizations and/or key personnel must demonstrate deep knowledge and understanding of the arts and culture ecosystem and an understanding of nonprofit management.
  • Application organization must employ or engage in a close partnership/contract with an experienced folklorist as a part of their program design and implementation.
  • Fiscally sponsored organizations are not eligible to apply.

For more information, visit CAC.

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