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Grant Programs



The Arts Commission re-grants public dollars. Agency programs are open to all eligible artists and arts groups that wish to apply for a grant. Please read each program's guidelines to verify eligibility. Each application is treated with the same transparent professionalism that exists in all of our processes. Arts Commission staff enforce equal access and inclusiveness as they facilitate the evaluation process through peer review panels. Funding decisions are not made by staff.

Applicants have to spend time writing their applications, answering questions, and providing information that may seem redundant and can be hard to put together. All of this keeps the Arts Commission highly accountable to the public.

Click here to find out which grant programs are currently accepting applications.  All applications must be submitted on our online system, GO SMART. Go to

Click here to find which Music Series programs are accepting applications. All music application must be submitted on our online system, Submittable, at 


The Cultural Arts Awards (CAA) program assists Sacramento City and County nonprofit arts and cultural organizations with partial funding in support of general operating expenses.

CAA grants are awarded through a competitive review process, ensuring that grantees meet high standards of artistic quality, show evidence of community involvement and outreach, and exhibit sound managerial and fiscal accountability. All applicants must have a profile on the California Cultural Data Project that confirms at least three years of organizational history. Applications for CAA are invited every three years. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $25,000.  The application for the next cycle will be opened in 2020.