Sacramento arts and culture nonprofit organizations can now apply for operating support grants through ‘Cultural Arts Awards’ program

Arts and culture nonprofits located in the city, county and unincorporated Sacramento can now apply for grants to assist with general operating expenses. Colleges, universities, and units of government with ongoing art programming may also apply.

The $925,000 Cultural Arts Awards program is being administered by the City of Sacramento’s Office of Arts and Culture and is a partnership of the City of Sacramento and Sacramento County. The grants are funded by the City’s Measure U tax and general fund dollars, and by Sacramento County. Applications are due Jan. 21, 2022.

“These cultural and arts grants epitomize the promise of Measure U,” said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. “With these dollars, we are helping build a strong creative economy that in turn will make Sacramento a more interesting place to live and attract new employers and skilled workers.”

To be eligible for funding, organizations must meet standards of diversity and equity, cultural and community impact and show sound management and financial accountability.

“I am excited that the City can help provide these resources to support arts and culture programs across Sacramento,” said the City’s Grants Program Manager Melissa Cirone. “These grants will encourage creativity and innovation and celebrate the cultural vibrancy of the region.”

Applications will be reviewed and scored by a diverse panel of arts and culture nonprofit experts and community representatives. Proposal review meetings and rankings are open to the public and will be announced in advance.

The Office of Arts and Culture will be providing grant writing workshops and grant writing mentor support to those interested in applying. Grant writing mentors will be available by appointment Jan. 4-21 and workshop dates will be announced shortly. Applicants with further questions can email

Grants are expected to be awarded in March 2022.

More information on eligibility and how to apply can be found on the City’s website.

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