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Center for Cultural Innovation Quick Grants 

The Quick Grant program supports artists and arts organizations' financial sustainability through professional development support. The Quick Grant program awards reimbursement funds up to $600 to California artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, cultural producers, and San Francisco/San Jose nonprofit arts administrators to participate in professional development activities that build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial sustainability of the grantee’s practice, area of cultural production, or arts organization.

Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the following month's application cycle. More information can be found here

Zoo Labs empowers Black, Indigenous, and people of color to own and amplify their music businesses through entrepreneurial training, resource exchange, focused mentorship, and community building. In 2023, Zoo Labs: FUND will make available $225,000 in unrestricted grants to Bay Area BIPOC and BIPOC-led artist teams with a music business.

To address both the marked lack of capital for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) artists, as well as the lack of practical and affordable business education that cultural innovators need in order to begin and scale their creative businesses, Zoo Labs evolved its West Oakland-based, in-person programming to reach a broader audience in the Bay Area and beyond. In 2021, Zoo Labs introduced Zoo Labs: FUND, a competitive grant opportunity that supports BIPOC music businesses through unrestricted cash awards. FUND recipients also receive access to a suite of mentorship resources offered by Zoo Labs: LEARN, including on-demand artist-tailored entrepreneurial courses, virtual group learning and networking sessions, and curated pairings with business mentors.

Applications are due June 28th. More information can be found here


Current funding opportunities with the Office of Arts & Culture can be found here,

other grants, artist calls, residencies, education, and opportunities outside of the Office of Arts & Culture can be found here

Film + media Sacramento

Sacramento Film + Media will award six $10,000 production grants and two $5000 post-production grants during fiscal year 2023 in two grant rounds. The Sacramento Film + Media Grant program is open to productions filming at least 50% of the project in the Sacramento region with at least two locations in the City of Sacramento. It is also open to productions where 75% of post-production is done locally. Eligible productions include feature-length films, short films, episodic television, television pilots, television movies/miniseries, documentaries, docuseries, commercials, music videos, and unscripted television. More information can be found here.

California arts council

California Art Council grant opportunities are rooted in several of the aspirational areas identified in the organization's strategic framework, including increased capacity building for local arts agencies, general operating support, multiyear grant opportunities, geographic equity, small organization prioritization, and funding for individual artists. More information can be found here.


Collective is a central hub for connecting California’s arts and culture communities with both the public and one another, by sharing the vast and varied creative assets available within our state. Find new opportunities such as jobs, internships, artist calls, grants, conferences, workshops, and more here.

National Endowment for the Arts

COVID-19 Resources for artists & arts organizations can be found here.

Charles Gaines Fellowship for MFA Art Students

Developed by CalArts Faculty Emeritus Charles Gaines, the Gaines MFA Fellowship provides full support of tuition expenses for MFA Art students who self-identify as Black Americans of the African diaspora or domestic students who self-identify as Mexican or of Central American descent. Two fellowships will be awarded to qualifying students each academic year.

A pivotal figure in the field of Conceptual Art, Charle
s Gaines’ body of work engages formulas and systems that interrogate relationships between the objective and the subjective realms. Using a generative approach to create a series of works in a variety of mediums, he has built a bridge between the early conceptual artists of the 1960s and 1970s and subsequent generations of artists pushing the limits of conceptualism today.

Gaines lives and works in Los Angeles and is Faculty Emeritus at CalArts. Gaines established this fellowship to provide critical scholarship support for Black students in the M.F.A. Art program. More information can be found here.

Institute of Contemporary Art San Francisco – Meantime

Bay Area artists will be given $1,500 stipends to activate ICA SF through pop-up performances, workshops, and events, or via longer-term residency projects that use the Museum as a studio space.
The deadline is May 21, 2023. 
More information can be found here.

Studio Museum in Harlem – Artist-in-Residence

Every year, the Studio Museum in Harlem offers an eleven-month residency for three local, national, or international artists of African or Afro-Latinx descent working in any media. Individuals selected for the residency receive institutional guidance and professional development, research support, studio space, and a stipend of $37,500 paid out over the course of the residency. In addition to their time in the studio, artists participate in Museum public programs and educational studio visits with community partners. The residency culminates with a group exhibition featuring artworks made by each of the artists during their time in the program. The deadline is May 22, 2023 More information can be found here.

Queer | Art – Illuminations Grant

Queer|Art is pleased to open applications for the fourth annual Illuminations Grant for Black Trans Women Visual Artists. Developed and named in partnership with Mariette Pathy Allen, Aaryn Lang, and Serena Jara, this $10,000 grant, awarded to draw attention to an existing body of work, sheds light on the under-recognized contributions of Black trans women visual artists and provides critical support to their continuing work. Winning artists will receive additional professional development resources and further guidance to bolster their creative development in the field. 
The deadline is July 12, 2023. 
More information can be found here.


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