Data from past Big Days of Giving reflects that nonprofits led by people of color typically receive less funding for their organizations, despite high-quality outcomes and strong relationships in the communities they serve. The aim of Cultivate is to close the gap by nourishing connection and collaboration among leaders of color at local nonprofits.

Cultivate has expanded to provide ongoing learning and support for local fundraisers of color through two mutually supportive components:

Cultivate Community is a quarterly convening for people of color who are working to raise funds for nonprofits in the Sacramento region. Participants network, benefit from presentations and support from topic experts, address common challenges and celebrate achievements, and engage in a participatory grantmaking program that awards $10,000 in grant funding.

Cultivate Capacity provides support for those who have little fundraising expertise and who seek additional training running a Big Day of Giving campaign. Beginning in August, the first phase focuses on basic readiness and, starting in January, the second phase supplements regular Big Day of Giving trainings with deep-dives that maximize participants’ success.

Register for Virtual Cultivate Information Session held on Thursday, August 3, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
SPRING DEADLINE – January 15, 2024

Midtown Association is currently seeking art vendors to be a part of their upcoming Second Saturday art markets at K & 20th and K & 24th Street on 7/8, 8/12 and 10/14. Use the button below to apply as an artist. To learn more about Second Saturday visit or if you have any questions email

A micro-granting organization, funding “awesome” ideas, The Awesome Foundation set up local chapters around the world to provide rolling grants of $1000 to “awesome projects.” Each chapter defines what is “awesome” for their local community, but most include arts initiatives and public or social practice art projects.
WHO: Anyone is eligible for a grant — individuals, groups, and organizations alike.
FIELD: Any Field. Each chapter has their own requirements, most consider arts projects.
AMOUNT: $1000
DEADLINE: Ongoing—monthly grants offered.
FINE PRINT: Grants not given for studio space or strictly salary or supplies. Needs to make the community more “awesome.” Think public works. More info here.

The California Art Leaders Investments Accelerator (aka CALI Accelerator) program provides grants to emerging arts leaders in California to pursue professional development opportunities and activities that will confer them with professional learning while also enabling them to identify, exercise, and hone their leadership vision and voice.

Individuals meeting the CALI Accelerator program eligibility criteria may apply for one grant of up to $1,000 per year to support the direct costs of proposed leadership activities.

Deadline – Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the next month’s application cycle.

The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation will only fund young artists who are pursuing their studies or are in the early or developmental stage of their career, are working in a representational style of painting, drawing, sculpture or printmaking, and demonstrate the determination and talent to pursue a lifetime career in their art practice.

Deadline – Ongoing: grants are offered 4 to 6 times throughout the year.

California stories, national audiences

California? It’s complicated—almost 40 million people and 40 million stories. The California Documentary Project (CDP) is a competitive grant program that supports documentary film, audio, and digital media productions that explore California in all its complexity and tell stories from every corner of the state. Projects should use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective, and be suitable for both California and national audiences through public and educational screenings and presentations, broadcast, streaming, and other forms of distribution. Eligible formats include, but are not limited to, features, shorts, podcasts, web series, broadcast series, VR (Virtual Reality), etc.

Funding is available in three categories:

  • Research and Development Grants up to $15,000 
  • Production Grants up to $50,000 
  • CDP NextGen Grants up to $15,000
Grant ProgramApplication OpensApplication DeadlineGrant Period
CDP ProductionSeptember 1, 2023November 1, 2023April 1, 2024-March 31, 2027
CDP R&DSeptember 1, 2023November 1, 2023April 1, 2024-March 31, 2025
CDP NextGenAugust 1, 2023September 15, 2023November 1, 2023-October 31, 2024

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) is seeking artists for its 2023-24 arts and mentor programs. Both the Any Given Child and Sacramento Healthy HeART program needs artists for the upcoming school year. If you are a visual or performing artist who has worked with TK-12th grade youth and is interested in developing a residency or arts exposure assembly, sign up for more information by clicking the link below.

The Quick Grant program supports artists and arts organizations’ financial resilience through professional development support.

The Quick Grant program awards reimbursement funds up to $600 to California artists, creatives, cultural practitioners, and cultural producers, and San Francisco/San Jose nonprofit arts administrators to participate in professional development activities that build administrative capacity, hone business skills, and strengthen the financial resilience of the grantee’s practice, area of cultural production, or arts organization.

Deadline – Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the following month’s application cycle.

This year, OAC will be introducing the Sacramento Arts & Culture Match Program – a program that will provide match funds for crowd-funded, community-led creative placemaking projects in neighborhoods throughout the city. The City will provide matching funds up to $15,000 for eligible projects. We recognize that traditional grant application processes pose barriers for grassroots level projects. Often, the application process only occurs annually, which makes it difficult to respond to new opportunities as they arise; this program serves to address this issue. The OAC Match Program will be administered by IOBY, an organization that has worked with ArtPlace America and Cuyahoga Arts & Culture on similar programs to support creative placemaking.

Created in 1993 to further FCA’s mission to encourage, sponsor, and promote the work of a contemporary, experimental nature, Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who: Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding or incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates.
WHO: U.S. artists
FIELD: Visual and performing arts
AMOUNT: Grants range in amount from $500 to $2,500, and the average grant is now $1,600
FINE PRINT: Each month FCA receives an average of 95 Emergency Grant applications and makes approximately 12-15 grants. Artists should review all eligibility guidelines and FAQs before applying. Learn more here.



The Atrium stands in solidarity and in action with the communities and people affected by 400 years of racism, colonization and the genocide of indigenous peoples. America was not only built upon stolen labor,  culture, and black/indigenous ideas but continues to function on the oppression of black and indigenous people. BIPOC have fought to dismantle white supremacy and racism for centuries. It‘s time for all of us, especially white people, to join this work.
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