Living Cultures Grants Program

Diamano Coura West African Dance Company performs at their annual festival: Collages des Cultures Africaines in 2012.The Living Cultures Grants Program funds nonprofit organizations, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors, to support impactful projects in the traditional arts in California.  Grant awards are limited to $7,500 or less.

How does my organization apply?

Approximately 55 grants will be made in this funding year for projects occurring between January 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014.  All applicants will be notified in mid-December of their status.

Guidelines and applications are available for download below. The postmark deadline for the 2014 cycle of the Living Cultures Grants Program is July 15, 2013.

We strongly suggest you call to discuss your proposal before applying. Please consider attending an informational meeting or webinar.

Living Cultures Grants Program 2014 Guidelines and Application

En Español: Guía & Formas de Programa de Culturas Vivas 2014


Examples of eligible projects may include, but are not limited to the following:

• Public presentations, such as community-based concerts, festivals, and exhibitions

• Workshops and gatherings (for example, events that bring together artists, cultural specialists or community leaders to share skills & information, or to engage in discussion and problem solving)

• Equipment and materials purchases (instruments, media equipment, costumes or regalia, etc.)

• Conservation, creation, or acquisition of important traditional arts items

• Intergenerational classes or other educational programs within a community (after school youth programs, dance ensemble classes or practices, summer programs, etc.)

• Teen focused learning projects in the folk and traditional arts

• Documentation of traditional arts, skills, ceremonies, beliefs, or performances

• Media, web & print publications (all media and publication projects must include specific plans for marketing and public distribution, and priority will be given to those projects with the greatest potential for widespread public distribution)

• Professional and leadership development (training or consulting activities that enhance or improve the capacities of an organization to better serve artists, communities, and the public)

• Endangered language acquisition projects when carried out within the context of traditional art forms

For More Information

Lily Kharrazi
Program Manager
(415) 346-5200



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Danza Floricanto/USA
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Garifuna American Heritage Foundation United
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Grupo Folklorico Los Girasoles
Hmong Association of Long Beach, Inc.
Inglewood Cultural Arts
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California
Japanese Cultural Fair
Jun Daiko
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LAGA, California Circle
Laotian-American Community of Fresno
Merced Lao Family Community, Inc.
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North American Guqin Association
Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir
Omnira Institute
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