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The CCI “Investing in Artists” Grants Program

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 continue this grants program from 2009-2011, with support from 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 support innovative approaches proposed by artists. 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.

Now Available: Round VIII Guidelines & Application

Round VIII of the Investing in Artists grants program is now open to artists working in Performing Arts and Media Arts. Completed applications must be submitted by 6pm on July 1, 2011.

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