August 2020 Newsletter
On July 22, 2020, applications closed for the $7.5 million Creative Economy Recovery Grants. As expected, the need in Sacramento’s Arts, Culture and Creative Economy sector is great. The first tally showed 426 applications requesting $16.1 million. 

For the past two weeks, the Office of Arts and Culture staff has been working nonstop with grantees, the City Attorney’s office and the City Auditor’s office to comb through the applications to ensure we are adhering to the very strict federal guidelines for the CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funding. By doing out due diligence from the start, we hope to minimize the challenges when it is time for reporting back.

The applications are now ready to move through our grant panel process. The panel includes member from both the Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission and additional arts and culture specialists. 

The Creative Economy Recovery Grants panel times are scheduled and listed below. They are open to the public for observation by clicking on the links provided below at the scheduled time. Times will vary based on number of application and discussion by panelists.

Tuesday, August 11, 9:00 AM 
Nonprofit Reimbursement: Cultural Equity Investment & Equipment

Wednesday, August 12, 9:00 AM  
For Profit Creative Economy Reimbursement: Creative Business

Thursday, August 13, 9:00 AM  
Nonprofit Reimbursement: Arts Education

Thursday, August 13, 9:00 AM  
For Profit Creative Economy Reimbursement: Individual Artists

Thursday, August 13, 1:00 PM  
Nonprofit Program: Arts Education
Friday, August 14, 9:00 AM 
Nonprofit Program: Cultural Equity and Collectives

Wednesday, August 19, 9:00 AM 
Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission
Final discussion and awards allocation

California Relief Fund for Artists and Cultural Practitioners

The California Arts Council and Center for Cultural Innovation are partnering to offer $1,000 grants to help artists and cultural practitioners (including fine and performing artists, teaching artists, culture bearers, and maker-based sole or collective creative entrepreneurs) who comprise the various and diverse cultural communities of the state of California. The application cycle closes Tuesday, August 18, 3pm. Please visit to check for your eligibility and to download the application.

For more listings of grants, artist calls, or residency opportunities, please visit our website.