California Arts Council | 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 will be awarded through the program, which offers 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.



  • Must be a current, full-time resident of the state of California; and must upload one (1) proof of current residency in the state of California. Proof is demonstrated by including a legible photo of a current state driver’s license or ID, most-recent utility bill, health insurance statement, bank statement, or other document. The name and address must match that used in the application form.
  • Must be an artist or cultural practitioner and able to provide documentation that demonstrates the applicant’s professional role in arts and culture.
  • Must not be eligible for or currently receiving CA-state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits (Applicants receiving CARES benefits through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance [PUA] program are eligible for funding);
  • Cannot have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationships) with the boards, staff, and directors of CCI and California Arts Council and state-level elected officials and their staffs

Applicants may only apply once.


About the Grant Application Process:

The program is designed to streamline the application process and make the program accessible to California-based artists and cultural practitioners experiencing a loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Applicants of the unrestricted $1,000 grants are asked to provide a brief response detailing their current financial situation and how the funds will be used. Prospective applicants are not required to be affiliated with a nonprofit arts organization to be eligible for funding. Applicants will be notified of their award status two weeks after the grant application deadline.


Application Deadlines and Notification:

  • The application cycle opens Wednesday, July 22nd at 9 a.m.
  • The application cycle closes Tuesday, August 18th at 3 p.m.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status by Tuesday, September 1st.  


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