California Creative Corps

California Creative Corps (CCC) is a new workforce development opportunity for artists and cultural practitioners, arts and social service sector organizations. This grant program aims to employ artists to create awareness around public health; water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, emergency preparedness relief, and recovery; civic engagement; and social justice. 

The 2021-22 State Budget included a $60 million one-time General Fund allocation for the California Arts Council to implement the CCC pilot program, a media, outreach, and engagement campaign designed to increase awareness related to issues such as public health, water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery. 

California Arts Council has selected fourteen organizations to administer the California Creative Corps across nine regions. The Sacramento Office of Arts and Culture (OAC) has been awarded $4.7M to regrant to regional arts and social service organizations, as well as individual artists and culture workers. As part of the Capitol Region, El Dorado County artist collectives and organizations are eligible to apply for grant monies. 

California Arts Council sees the CCC program primarily as a job creation and human infrastructure development opportunity. The hope is that, region by region, the program will increase the ways in which artists are engaged in public work, so that they can continue build upon intersectional public interest goals beyond the program’s pilot funding timeline.

FAQ

  • When will the application be available? The application and guidelines for our entire region (including El Dorado County) will be published by Sacramento Office of Arts and Culture in early 2023.

  • What should I be doing now? Check this page frequently for updates and begin networking with relevant partners with whom you are considering submitting an application. For example, an artist who wishes to propose a mural related to disaster preparedness with an emphasis on preparing for wildfire, would likely want to begin discussions with El Dorado County Fire Safe Council and would be working to secure site permission with the important caveat that until the guidelines and application are published, discussions should be somewhat provisional. 
  • How much funding is available? There are twenty grants of $117,000 each available to artist collectives, nonprofit organizations, arts nonprofits, and units of local and tribal government throughout the Capitol Region. One grant of $300,000 will be available to organizations in El Dorado or Alpine County who are planning large scale projects.
  • What is the purpose of this grant and where do the funds come from? The 2021 State Budget included a $60 million one-time General Fund allocation for the California Arts Council to implement the California Creative Corps pilot program, a media, outreach, and engagement campaign designed to increase: 
    • Public health messaging to stop the spread of COVID-19  
    • Water and Energy conservation, climate mitigation; emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery  
    • Civic engagement, including election participation
    • Social justice and community engagement  
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