Calling All Californians: CCI Investing In Artists Grant

May 12, 2010

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) just announced that the Guidelines and Application Form for Round VI of the Investing in Artists grants program for Performing Arts and Media Arts are now available for download at

CCI grants up to $10,000 to individual artists in California for the acquisition of arts equipment and materials or towards artistic innovation in the creation of new work, or an artist’s creative process.  One of the really smart things about this grant program is that it puts the artist at the center, not the project. It invests in the artist and acknowledges the necessity to acquire tools and equipment to do our work.  From their website:
Artistic creation rarely occurs without a frontline investment of time, money and talent, and this has made the need for grant support a critical part of the creative process for many working artists today.  To help address this need, the Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives and strengthen the creative support system for California artists working in all disciplines. Following an initial three rounds of funding made to 54 artists in 2007 and 2008, CCI is pleased to Announce the continuation of this grants program from 2009-2011, supported by The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to enhance the working lives and creative environment for California artists by funding tools and artistic innovation that will allow them to create their best work more consistently, and distribute that work more broadly to new audiences. Investing in Artists provides grants in two funding categories:  1) Grants for Artistic Equipment and Tools, and 2) Grants for Artistic Innovation. Through a competitive application process conducted over five rounds of funding from 2009 to 2011, approximately 100 grants of up to $10,000 each will be made to California artists, totaling $1 million in new support to individual artists.

Please help spread the word about this unique funding opportunity by forwarding this info to artists and arts organizations in your networks. In addition, CCI will be hosting a series of informational webinars and in-person sessions on the Investing in Artists program, free of charge. Visit the CCI website at for schedule and registration.

If you have any questions about the Center for Cultural Innovation or the Investing in Artists program, please contact the grants manager Katy Hilton at (800) 418-1671 or by email at

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