Investing in Artists supports diverse, Bay Area working artists who are developing new work in the performing or media arts that pushes the envelope of their creative process, explores new artistic collaborations, and/or supports artistic growth and experimentation that extends the boundaries of their art-making.
The Investing in Artists grants program was established by the Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) in 2007 to enhance the working lives of, and strengthen the creative support system for, California artists working in all disciplines. Since that time, with the support of The James Irvine Foundation and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI has awarded over $2 million to 290 diverse artists working in various disciplines across the state.
Through the continued support of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, CCI is pleased to offer an additional three rounds of funding (2021-2023) for the Investing in Artists program for Bay Area Performing and Media artists.
To be considered for funding, applicants:
NEW FOR 2022: Must reside full-time in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, or San Mateo county at the time of applying and for the duration of the grant period (October 2022 – September 2023).Investing in Artists’ 2021-2023 funding cycle will rotate Bay Area county eligibility. In 2021, artists residing in Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco counties were eligible to apply and in 2023, artists residing in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties will be eligible.
Must be an individual working artist; organizations, artistic companies, and collectives cannot apply.
Must propose a new project. (Projects that have already taken place or that will take place before the start of the grant period are ineligible. See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.)
Must have performed or presented artistic work in a public context—including online/digital platforms—within the last three years.
Must be 18 years or older at the time of the application deadline.
Cannot be a full-time or matriculated student.
Cannot submit more than one application.
Cannot have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationship) with the board, staff, or directors of Center for Cultural Innovation.
Application Opens July 6, 2022, 9:00 a.m. PT
Application Webinar TBA (a recording will be made available or those who are unable to attend)
Application Deadline August 17, 2022, 12:00 p.m. PT (NOON)
Application Notifications October 4, 2022
Project Start Date October 5, 2022