Living Cultures Grants Program
The Living Cultures Grants Program seeks to sustain and strengthen the folk and traditional arts in the state of California with grants of $5,000 to California-based nonprofits, as well as other organizations who work with fiscal sponsors.
How does my organization apply?
2018 Guidelines will be posted by Friday, April 28th, 2017!
What We Fund — Pathways to nurture, sustain, and engage participation in traditional arts
Cultural continuity of traditional art forms practices
• 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)
• 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.)
• Other kinds of mentorships with culture bearers, honoraria, travel costs within CA, etc. (intensive one-on-one artistic mentorships should apply to the Apprenticeship Program rather than the Living Cultures Grants Program)
• Endangered language conservation and revitalization projects when carried out within the context of traditional art forms
• Other types of activities and projects that lead to cultural continuity of traditional arts practices
Sustaining future traditional arts practices with needed purchases, services, or acquiring new skills
• Equipment and materials purchases (instruments, media equipment, costumes or regalia, etc.)
• Documentation of traditional arts, skills, ceremonies, beliefs, or performances
• An investment to result in future revenues (fee for services for marketing connsultation, website development, financial planning)
• Learning new skills by supporting mentorships with advisors or cultural specialists
• Other types of activities and projects that lead to long term sustainability of traditional arts practices
Engaging and strengthening our own communities as well as engaging with others
• Public presentations, such as community-based concerts, festivals, and exhibitions that foster active participation
• Workshops and gatherings (for example, events that bring together artists, cultural specialists or community cultural leaders to share skills & information, or to engage in discussion and problem solving)
• Other types of activities and projects that lead to active participation in traditional arts practices within and between cultural communities