The Statewide and Regional Networks (SRN) program intends to contribute to the health and vitality of the creative workforce in California by creating a resilient network of arts service organizations and artists.
Donor Name: California Arts Council
County: San Diego County (CA), Los Angeles County (CA) and Orange County (CA)
Type of Grant: Grant
Size of the Grant: up to $50,000
Grant Duration: 1 year
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 a commitment to support a network of arts service organizations that provide practical resources for the communities they serve. Statewide and Regional Networks grantees continue to provide timely and adaptive services which respond to the needs of culturally specific and geographically diverse communities.
An arts service organization is defined as an organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, tradition bearers, and arts and cultural organizations. They also provide specialized, practical services for artists, arts organizations, and cultural communities.
- Applicant organizations can request up to $50,000 for the grant period
- Grant activity period: November 1, 2023 – October 31, 2024.
Applicants must comply with the requirements below. All applications must include the listed items at the time of submission in order to be considered for funding.
- California-based – Documentation of having a principal place of business in California.
- Arts programming – Applicants must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline.
- 501(c)(3) organization as applicant or fiscal sponsor – 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.
- Fiscal sponsors – An applicant organization without nonprofit status must use a California-based fiscal sponsor with a federal 501(c)(3) designation to apply for funding.
- The fiscal sponsor will provide the fiscal oversight and administrative services needed to complete the grant.
- A Letter of Agreement between the fiscal sponsor and the applicant organization must be signed by a representative from both parties and submitted with the application. A blank signature field will not be accepted. If a grant is awarded, the fiscal sponsor becomes the legal contract holder with the California Arts Council.
- A fiscal sponsor change is not permissible during the Grant Activity Period, with rare exceptions.
- Fiscal sponsors must have a minimum two-year history of consistent engagement in arts programming and/or services prior to the application deadline. (Acting as a fiscal sponsor to arts and cultural organizations is considered an arts service.)
- Certificate of good standing – Nonprofit organizations and fiscal sponsors (if applicable) 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.
- Applicants must be an arts service organization with statewide or regional reach.
- An arts service organization is defined as a nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organization that furthers the interests of artists, creators, and tradition bearers.
- They also provide specialized, practical services for arts organizations and cultural communities. These organizations preserve, present, and promote specific cultural practices, artistic disciplines, or creative initiatives. An arts service organization may operate a network. For specific information regarding networks, please see definition below.
- Networks are associations or groups of individuals or organizations with common interests, visions or organizational missions that work together to strengthen the collective group.
- Regional reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation in at least three counties, OR a county with a total population of over 3 million in multiple municipalities including San Diego, Los Angeles or Orange.
- Statewide reach refers to programs and/or services having significant constituent representation throughout California, including Northern, Central, and Southern, coastal, and inland regions.
- First-time applicants to this program are highly encouraged to consult with the managing Arts Program Specialist prior to application submission.
- CAC State-Local Partner grantees are not eligible for Statewide and Regional Networks support in the same fiscal year, with the exception of a State-Local Partner serving as a fiscal sponsor for a distinct network that is not supported through the State-Local Partners program.
- Arts service organizations must provide practical services for artists, creators, tradition bearers, and/or arts and cultural organizations.
- Constituent representation must be active, ongoing, effective, and relevant statewide or regional reach.
- Programs and/or services must provide engagement and access throughout all counties and/or municipalities identified within the statewide or regional network.
- Any state funds regranted through this program must be in compliance with the CAC’s Grant Opportunity statement, included on page 11 of the appendix of this document.
For more information, visit CAC.