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Grants for Local Arts Agencies in California


The State-Local Partners (SLP) program provides general operating support and technical assistance for county-designated local arts agencies.

Donor Name: California Arts Council

State: California

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 06/06/2023

Size of the Grant: up to $75,000

Grant Duration: 1 year



The purpose of the program is to foster cultural development on the local level through a partnership between the State and the counties of California. The nature of this partnership includes funding, information exchange, cooperative activities, and leadership. The partnership enables individuals, organizations, and communities to create, present, and preserve the arts of all cultures to enrich the quality of life for all Californians.

A local arts agency is defined as the official county-designated organization that supports arts and cultural activity in service to individuals and communities throughout an entire county. Local arts agencies provide financial support, services, and/or other programming to a variety of arts organizations, individual artists, and the community. A local arts agency can be a unit of local government or a nonprofit organization.

Funding Information

  • Applicant organizations can request up to $75,000
  • Grant Activity Period: October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • Applicant organization must be designated by their County Board of Supervisors to serve as the State-Local Partner in the county.
    • Multi-county Partnerships: Partnerships that serve multiple counties are eligible to apply. A Multi county Partnership must be designated as the State-Local Partner by the county Board of Supervisors in all counties represented. Funding is prorated based on the number of counties in the partnership. Multi-county Partnership applicants must give evidence of service and program equity to all participating counties.
  • Applicant organizations using fiscal sponsors – An applicant organization that is without nonprofit status must use a California-based fiscal sponsor with a federal 501(c)(3) designation to apply for funding. For-profit businesses and individuals may not use a fiscal sponsor to apply to CAC organizational grants. Types of applicant organizations eligible to apply using a fiscal sponsor include, but are not limited to artist collectives, guilds, and 501(c)(6) organizations.
    • 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.)

Eligibility Requirements

  • 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.
  • 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.

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