California Arts Council

State of California

Creative California Communities

Piece by Piece

The Creative California Communities (CCC) program supports collaborative projects that harness arts and culture as a creative placemaking strategy. Projects will benefit residents and visitors in California’s communities by leveraging the assets of the creative sector (artists, cultural organizations and arts-related businesses) to address community needs or priorities. Proposed projects must be designed and developed in partnership between the applicant organization and at least one partnering organization and should include California artists and their work as central to project design and implementation.

In FY 16-17, the CCC program will have a 2-year grant cycle, for projects taking place between June 2017 and June 2019. To distribute grants equitably to organizations of all sizes, there are two funding categories based on organizational size.

  • Category 1: Organizational annual operating budget over $750,000 – requests for support may be made for up to $150,000 total ($75,000 a year).
  • Category 2: Organizational annual operating budget under $750,000 – requests for support may be made for up to 20% of annual organizational income with a maximum request of $100,000 total, ($50,000 a year).

  • The applicant must be a California-based nonprofit arts organization or local arts agency with a history of arts programming for a minimum of two years prior to the time of application.
  • Use of fiscal sponsors is not allowed.
  • The partnering organization must be California-based.
  • Matching funds requirement for this program must be met.
  • In order to spread our limited grant dollars, organizations may not apply to both the Local Impact (LI) and CCC grant programs. Applicants to this program are not restricted from applying to and receiving funding from competitive CAC grant programs other than LI, as long as those funds support distinctly different projects or activities.

Shelly Gilbride
(916) 324-0075

Program Goals

Revitalize neighborhoods or communities using arts as the central project activity and artists as key participants in that effort. Develop innovative arts or culturally related approaches to cultural economic development tailored to the specific communities or circumstances.
Stimulate increased participation/engagement in arts and cultural activities by residents and visitors, and create opportunities for California artists. Activate new arts activities or expanded arts activities/elements within an ongoing event.
Bring together local arts, business and/or government entities to build capacity for collective impact and grow creative industries.



Guidelines & Application Available:
November 15, 2016

Application Deadline:
March 6, 2017, 5:00 PM

Panel Dates:
April 3 - 5, 2017
April 10 - 12, 2017

Grant Activity Period:
June 1, 2017 - May 31, 2019