Center for Cultural Innovation

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244 S. San Pedro Street, Suite 401
Los Angeles, CA 90012

870 Market Street, Suite 490
San Francisco, CA 94102


Tel: 213-687-8577
Tel: 415-288-0530
Fax: 213-687-8578
Fax: 415-288-0529

Support Provided

The CCI Grants Program Investing in Artists

Provides grants up to $15,000 to individual artists in California for the acquisition of arts equipment and materials or towards presentation and marketing of their creative work. 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. Traditionally, grant programs for individual artists have supported fellowships (buying the artist's time to be free to create), or the commissioning of new artistic projects. These types of grantmaking programs have been critical in supporting the creation of new work across all disciplines, and have also helped to promote the intrinsic value of artists and art for arts sake. The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to enhance the working lives and creative environment for California artists by funding tools and market strategies that will allow them to create their best work more consistently, and distribute that work more broadly to new audiences. 

Investing in Artists provides grants in two funding categories: 

1) Grants for Artistic Equipment and Tools, and 2) Grants for Presenting and Marketing Work. Through a competitive application process conducted over three initial rounds of funding, a combination of planning grants up to $5,000 each, and implementation grants up to $15,000 each, have been awarded to California artists over a 14-month period.

The Los Angeles Arts Loan Fund

Offers short-term loans up to $25,000 for individual artists, and $50,000 for arts organizations for a variety of uses. The Arts Loan Fund works to fill this gap and to provide a useful financial tool for individual artists and small and mid-sized arts organizations. The Loan Fund is independently funded by a consortium of foundations, corporations and governmental agencies including:  Annenberg Foundation, the James Irvine Foundation, Getty Foundation, Ahmanson Foundation, Boeing Foundation, Sony Pictures, Durfee Foundation, City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department and the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.

The Arts Loan Fund will assist both nonprofit arts organizations and individual artists by offering a variety of financing products including: Bridge loans secured by government contracts and foundations grants; Performance loans against projected sales or benefit income; and Enterprise loans to pursue capacity building or project-specific opportunities.


2011 Deadlines:

• First Quarter: February 1, 2011
(presentation start date: between March 14, 2011 and August 1, 2011

• Second Quarter: May 3, 2011
(presentation start date: between June 15, 2011 and November 3, 2011)

• Third Quarter: August 2, 2011
(presentation start date: between September 13, 2011 and February 2,

• Fourth Quarter: November 1, 2011
(presentation start date: between December 13, 2011 and May 1, 2012)

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