Update 4/6/23: The deadline for the California Creative Corps applications has now been extended from April 14 to April 28, 2023 due to the recent winter storms. More information about how to apply is available in the original article below.
MENDOCINO Co., 3/20/23 — California’s new program, the “California Creative Corps,” will be distributing $60 million in grants across the state, and applications are open between now and April 14. The awards will be distributed through specific organizations in different regions, and $3 million will be available for 19 counties in the “update region,” which includes Mendocino County.
The Nevada County Arts Council will be administering the program for the “Upstate Creative Corps,” and more information is available on the website: www.upstatecreativecorps.org. Here’s the announcement with additional details:
The state of California is making an unprecedented investment in the arts. The “California Creative Corps” program will award 60 million dollars in grants statewide to implement media, outreach, and engagement campaigns. The goal is to increase awareness related to issues such as public health, water and energy conservation, climate mitigation, and emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery.
The Nevada County Arts Council is the administering organization for the upstate region, which covers 19 counties in the northern part of the state. It will award more than 3 million dollars in grants for artists, as well as for arts and social service organizations that will employ artists between Spring 2023 and Spring 2024. Supporting local outreach with local knowledge, as well as technical assistance for artists, and program development and evaluation, are multiple county arts agencies serving what amounts to the largest, most diverse, geographic area in California.
“We are identifying issues that are specific to communities across our service region, and inviting artists to position themselves to create awareness around them and get paid for it,” says Eliza Tudor, executive director at Nevada County Arts Council. “We want our process to be as inclusive and accessible as possible and to draw upon creative processes that spur conversation around how to create lasting change that our diverse populations can take pride in.”
The launch of a statewide Creative Corps pilot program is the result of a recommendation from the Governor’s economic and jobs recovery task force and is the first of its kind in the nation. Grant applications are now open and will run until April 14, 2023. There are multiple mechanisms in place for support in the grant application process, both regionally through Upstate Creative Corps, and locally, through county arts partners. These include informational webinars, grant writing workshops, training and panel discussions. To learn more visit: www.upstatecreativecorps.org.