Unfettering Artists' Productivity and Impact

The 2021 application period has closed. 

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.


The Investing in Artists grants program is designed to support diverse working artists in the Bay Area in the performing and media arts, which includes the disciplines of dance, music, musical theatre, opera, theatre, video, film, and animation, to name a few. Applicants representing a wide range of cultural expressions and artistic practices in the performing and media arts are encouraged to apply.


To be considered for funding, applicants:

  • NEW FOR 2021: Must reside full-time in Alameda, Contra Costa, or San Francisco county at the time of applying and for the duration of the grant period (October 2021 – September 2022).
    • For the 2021 – 2023 award cycle, artists residing in select Bay Area counties will be eligible to apply. For the 2022 cycle, applicants residing in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo counties will be eligible to apply, while the 2023 cycle will make eligible applicants residing in Marin, Napa, Solano, and Sonoma counties.
  • 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 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. PT

Application Webinar

July 12, 2021, 12:00 p.m. PT (recording available in APPLICATION LINKS section below)

Application Deadline

August 18, 2021, 12:00 p.m. PT (NOON)

Application Notifications

October 18, 2021 (updated)

Project Start Date

October 9, 2021


The 2021 application period has closed.

pdf_icon.jpg 2021 Guidelines (updated June 24, 2021 with new budget instructions!)

pdf_icon.jpg 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

logos/Word Doc Image 2021 Application Preview (updated June 24, 2021 with new budget instructions!)

images/Excel icon 2021 Sample Project Budget

images/pdf_icon.jpg Submittable Quick Tips 

images/Video 2021 Webinar

images/pdf_icon.jpg 2021 Webinar Slide Deck


If you have questions about the program or application process, email CCI at grants@kyosik-fun.com with the subject heading, "Investing in Artists" or call 415.288.0530.


To browse profiles of past grantees use the search form here. You can also See Past Awards Press Releases.


The Investing in Artists grant program is made possible with support from: