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Amador County Arts Council offers free technical assistance and fiscal sponsorship to local artists, cultural practitioners, and arts organizations. Since 2020, our staff has helped local creatives achieve over $185,000 in arts grants.

Our Supportive Funding Grants were established in 2010 to provide essential funds for creatives throughout Amador County, especially those living in or serving the bottom quartile of the Healthy Places Index.

Let us help you today! (209)256-8166,

Book a meeting for Technical Assistance with Executive Director, Meghan Joy O’Keefe.

California Arts Council

The California Arts Council, mission is to strengthen arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. Supporting local arts infrastructure and activities statewide through grants, programs, and services.

California Arts Council Grants

Operating Relief Grants

Impact Projects Grants

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)

The NEA awards grants to nonprofit organizations, creative writers and translators, state arts agencies, and regional arts organizations in support of arts projects across the country.

NEA 2023 Grant Opportunities

Amador Arts Supportive Funding Grants

For over a decade, Amador County Arts Council has been making Supportive Funding Grants to support local artists, cultural practitioners, and arts organizations throughout our community. The “Amador Arts Grant” advances creative freedom for the most historically disinvested members of our rural community, especially those living and working in the bottom quartile of the Healthy Places Index map.


Check out the 2023 Grant Recipients

GRANT ACTIVITY PERIOD: Sep 8, 2023 – Jun 30, 2024

AWARDS: Four awards ($2500 each) will be given annually.

  • Indigenous Arts & Culture—Encouraging, Promoting, and Supporting the local Miwok community

  • Safe Space—Encouraging, Promoting, and Supporting rural 2SLGBTQAI+ lives

  • Roots—Encouraging, Promoting, and Supporting rural Black Communities

  • Youth Arts—Encouraging, Promoting, and Supporting diverse lives, cultures, and heritages of local youth

ASSESSMENT: Applications are assessed and ranked by the volunteer advisory committee, comprised of citizens, artists, and cultural practitioners from all parts of Amador County, including the most historically disinvested communities, as demonstrated by the Healthy Places Index map and other reliable data resources.

ELIGIBILITY: Please refer to California Arts Council for the parameters of our eligibility and what we do not fund.

501c3 organizations must provide proof of good standing with the Secretary of State. Obtain the letter here.

Serving the community of Amador County, California.

Amador County Arts Council staff is available to answer questions, proofread applications, inspire you, and answer questions throughout the application process. (209)256-8166,


WESTAF assists state arts agencies, arts organizations, and artists in their quest to serve diverse audiences, enrich the lives of local communities, and provide access to arts and arts education for all. Through arts funding, technology, and services for the arts, WESTAF provides tools and resources for independent artists and arts organizations to build audiences, participate in the creative economy, and shape cultural policy.


BIPOC Artist Fund

  • The fund provides resources to and for BIPOC artists living and working in the 16 states and jurisdictions in the WESTAF region and aims to advance artistic practices and goals through no-strings-attached funding.

Californians for the Arts

Californians for the Arts is a state agency based in Sacramento, United States. Its eight council members are appointed by the Governor and the state Legislature. The agency’s mission is to advance California through arts, culture, and creativity.

California Nonprofit Performing Arts Grant Program

California Venues Grant Program

The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design

Committed to supporting rural America, the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD) helps communities convert their own good ideas into reality.

Request for Applications (RFA) to the CIRD. Rural and tribal communities are invited to submit applications to receive design support and technical assistance to host an on-site Local Design Workshop or participate in the Design Learning Cohort. RFA, Eligibility Details, and More.

CIRD program will accept new applications in Spring 2025.

Center for Cultural Innovation

Center for Cultural Innovation (CCI) supports individuals in the arts—artists, culture bearers, and creative entrepreneurs—to realize greater self-determination so as to unfetter their productivity, free expression, and social impact, which contributes to shaping our collective national identity in ways that reflect the diversity of society.

CCI  About Funding

The Quick Grant

  • This program provides reimbursement funds to California artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, cultural producers, and San Francisco/San Jose nonprofit arts administrators, for professional development activities. Apply by the 15th of each month.

California Association of Museums

California Association of Museums (CAM) vision is “Stronger Museums for a Stronger California” and to expand their collective impact CAM supports the success of California museums and their communities through many programs and services like funding sources.

CAM Funding Opportunities

Creative Work Fund

The Creative Work Fund invites artists and nonprofit organizations to create new art works through collaborations. It celebrates the role of artists as problem solvers and the making of art as a profound contribution to intellectual inquiry and to the strengthening of communities.  Artists are encouraged to collaborate with nonprofit organizations of all kinds.

Apply for the Creative Work Fund


California Humanities

California Humanities, a nonprofit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, promotes the humanities – focused on ideas, conversation and learning – as relevant, meaningful ways to understand the human condition and connect us to each other in order to help strengthen California

Check out California Humanities Grants and Program Opportunities

California Documentary Project Grants

Native Arts & Culture Foundation - LIFT Program

Native Arts & Culture Foundation – LIFT Program
The LIFT – Early Career Support for Native Artists program will provide critical support to early career Native artists with one-year awards to develop and realize new projects. The program encourages artists to uplift communities, advance positive social change, point courageously toward environmental sustainability, and foster communal meaning making. Deadline is March 14, 2023.

LIFT: Early Career Support for Native Artists – Program Eligibility, Application Process, Criteria, & FAQ


The KDA Creative Corps will provide grant funding for individual artists and cultural workers, arts organizations, and social service organizations to fund projects to promote community and civic engagement and spread awareness about water and energy conservation, climate change, emergency preparedness, relief, and recovery through the arts.

KDA Creative Corps – Letter of Intent (LOI)


Amador County Arts Council is here to help you apply for the Creative Corps. We support your application and are here to act as a concierge for your application process. If you need a partner to succeed in your community-service arts project, let us know. We are here to support your art and service. 209-256-8166.


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