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?
Guidelines and application forms are available for download below. We recommend using Adobe Acrobat Reader to view, edit, and save these forms; Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded and installed for free.
Living Cultures Grants Program Guidelines & Application
Programa de Culturas Vivas
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