For Grantseekers

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Fund Your Next Dream

Unlock thousands of dollars in grant funding for your next artistic project. When artists and organizations get the support they need, Santa Cruz County becomes a stronger place to live. 


When to Prepare Your Application


The next opportunity to apply for a Cultivate Grant will be February 2022. Arts Council grants staff, alongside the Grants Committee will engage in strategic visioning and planning  for the remainder of 2021. Through this process, we seek to align the way we make grants to meet the historic and evolving needs, interests, and assets of our arts sector. Updates to the Cultivate Grant offering will be announced via an online grants orientation and posted Cultivate Grant Program guidelines in February 2022.

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Applications open: February 2022
Grants made: July 2022


Find the Right Grant For You

Every year, we distribute $200,000+ directly back into our community’s artists, arts organizations, and creative projects in Santa Cruz County. There are three grant types; scan below and find the right opportunity for you.


Fuel Your Work With a Cultivate Grant

Make your creative dream a reality. Tackle your professional development goals or fuel your next arts or cultural project in Santa Cruz County. This grant funds up to $3,000, and is open to all Santa Cruz County artists and arts organizations.

Looking for Create or Develop Grants? You’re in the right place! We have combined these two grants into the new Cultivate Grant.

Download the grant guidelines here: Spring 2021 Cultivate Grant Guidelines (English) (Updated Feb 2021)Guía de Asistencia Para Becas Cultivadoras (Español)(actualizado feb 2021)

Cultivate Grant FAQs

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Applications open: February 15, 2021

Application deadline: March 15, 2021 @ 5pm

Grants awarded: July 2021


Cultivate Grant Virtual Orientation (English)

Watch the recording of our live virtual orientation from February 11 here:

Download the presentation slides here.

Orientación virtual de Becas Cultivadoras (Espanõl)

Mira la grabación de la sesión en Español aquí:

Descarga la presentación de diapositivas aquí.

Cultivate Grant Workshop/Q&A

Watch the recording of our live Q&A session from February 25, 2021 here. 

Download the presentation slides here.

Sustain Your Organization with a Support Grant

Get the operating support you need for your 501c3 or fiscally-sponsored arts organization in Santa Cruz County. Open to all arts organizations, regardless of budget size. This grant awards up to $7,000.

Check back here in fall 2021 for update guidelines for our next cycle. Reference the 2020 guidelines here: Fall 2020 Support Grant Guidelines

Reference the 2020 application questions list here: Support Grant Application Question List_Fall 2020

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How Grants Are Reviewed

Proposals are reviewed and scored by staff, board members and volunteers with subject area expertise. The Grants Committee considers these scores and makes funding recommendations to the Arts Council Board of Directors for approval.


Why We Fuel the Arts

We believe a stronger Santa Cruz County comes from a thriving creative community. Our objectives of the Grants Program are to:

  • support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work
  • increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations
  • engage new audiences in the arts
  • expand equitable access to the arts (improvement of disparities in representation and access in the arts)
  • increase social impact through art (advancement of social and racial justice issues in our community)


Connect With Us

If you’re curious about something you didn’t see answered above, contact Nallely Martinez, Grants Program Manager, at 831-475-9600 x16 or email