• Overview

    At CCF, we believe the arts are an integral part of the identity and vitality of Los Angeles County. From self-empowerment to cultural tourism, we value the power of the arts to positively transform lives and communities. And we focus our competitive grantmaking on supporting arts and culture as a dimension of everyday life across all of L.A.’s diverse communities.

    CCF supports small to mid-sized, community-based arts and cultural organizations, serving diverse and low-income residents of all ages with local, affordable and relevant programming.

    Andrea Abeleda
    Program Manager, Arts & Nonprofit Sustainability
    (213) 413-4130, ext. 214
    aabeleda [@] calfund [.] org

  • Strategies & Outcomes

    Provide core operating support and capacity-building grants to small and midsize community-based arts and cultural organizations serving diverse and low-income residents of all ages with local, affordable and relevant programming to increase arts and cultural opportunities.

    Provide fellowships and professional development opportunities for diverse, low-income artists to increase the financial sustainability of individual artists and enable them to pursue successful careers in the arts.

  • Eligibility

    In addition to CCF’s general eligibility requirements, arts organizations should have an annual operating budget for the most recently completed fiscal year of between $100,000 and $2 million – excluding in-kind goods and services – and serve a majority of diverse and low-income L.A. County residents.

    More likely to be competitive:

    • A performing arts organization, located in a low-income community, whose central programming is to provide local artists with opportunities to create and perform their work in a community space, for a multigenerational audience, with low-cost or free tickets.
    • A multidisciplinary arts organization that creates year-round opportunities for artists to teach residents to engage in culturally-specific art creation and locally present or exhibit their work.

    Less likely to be competitive:

    • A performing arts organization that serves populations outside their primary audience through its outreach or education program by bussing people into its own facility, rather than going to the community.
    • A multidisciplinary arts organization that produces an annual one-day cultural festival.
  • Deadlines

    Step 1: Letter of Intent (LOI): LOIs are reviewed year-round on an ongoing basis. Applicant’s strategic plan (approved by applicant’s Board of Directors) is required for all grant requests.

    • CCF Board Meeting Dates: March 2017; June 2017; Oct 2017; Dec 2017
    • LOI Deadlines: Oct 28, 2016, Feb 6, 2017; May 26, 2017; July 25, 2017

    Step 2: Grant Application: Applicants are invited based on review of LOI and strategic plan.

    • Applicants invited: Nov 2016; Feb 2017; June 2017; Aug 2017
    • Applications due: Dec 2016; Mar 2017; July 2017; Sept 2017
    • Site Visits: Dec 2016-Jan 2017; Mar 2017; July-Aug 2017; Sept 2017
    • Board Review: March 2017; June 2017; Oct 2017; Dec 2017
    • Applicant notified: March 2017; June 2017; Oct 2017; Dec 2017
  • FAQs

    Q: Does CCF only support the visual arts?

    A: No. CCF supports organizations offering a wide range of disciplines in the arts from dance, classical music and performing arts to media and visual arts. However, the CCF Fellowship for Visual Artists program is currently only open to individuals whose main artistic practice is in the visual arts.

    Q: Does CCF support arts education organizations?

    A: Yes. In 2012, CCF expanded its grantmaking to include arts education organizations. These organizations may serve a K-12 constituency but must also meet the other requirements for CCF’s arts grantmaking.

    Fellowship for Visual Artists

    The Fellowship for Visual Artists is a chief initiative of CCF’s art programs. CCF annually awards one-year fellowships to outstanding emerging and mid-career artists working in the visual arts. Each year, at least 14 artists are chosen by panels of art professionals to receive a one-year fellowship based on artistic merit and commitment to Los Angeles. CCF Fellows receive:

    • $15,000 one-year, unrestricted grant for emerging artists
    • $20,000 one-year, unrestricted grant for mid-career artists
    • Artists’ Retreat
    • Membership in a prestigious group of artists Business skill development opportunities
  • To Apply

    Begin or resume your saved letter of intent.

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