New relief program offers unrestricted $1,000 grants for individuals in California impacted by COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly $1 million investment will support more than 900 artists and cultural workers

The Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI), partnering as an Administering Organization for the California Arts Council, announced today the opening of the California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners. The individual relief grant program supports artists and cultural practitioners statewide who have been economically impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the full announcement here
About the California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners
The California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners program was created by the California Arts Council in response to the economic crisis and impending financial needs of individual artists resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. A total of $920,000 of the Council’s state grant funds have been allocated to the program, which will offer unrestricted $1,000 grants for individual artists and cultural practitioners statewide.

Individuals from historically marginalized communities that have experienced financial disadvantages and may become more vulnerable due to current economic events are strongly encouraged to apply, including African and African American, Arab, Asian and Asian American, Latinx, Middle Eastern, Native American and Indigenous, Pacific Islander; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer, Transgender and Gender-Variant people; people with disabilities; women; and those who are low-income, have high debts, have difficulty obtaining or retaining sources of income, or live in rural or immigrant and refugee communities.

Who can apply?

  • Artists or cultural practitioners who are current, full-time residents of the state of California are eligible to apply.

  • Applicants must not be eligible for or currently receiving California state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits.*

  • *Applicants receiving CARES benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] program ARE eligible for funding.
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