Welcome to Arts Council Santa Cruz County's Online Grant Application System!

The Arts Council has been investing in Santa Cruz County schools, artists and arts organizations since 1976, supporting our creative and vibrant community. In 2014-15, the Arts Council granted more than $200,000 toward creative projects, professional development for artists, and general operating support.

Program Goals

  • Support the creation and presentation of artistically excellent work
  • Increase the success of artists and the sustainability of arts organizations
  • Expand equitable access to the arts
  • Engage new audiences in the arts


Grant Programs

  • Create Grants for individual artists and organizations seeking support for their art and culture projects. Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring. Full guidelines here.
  • Develop Grants for individual artists and arts organizations seeking support for their professional and business development activities. Applications are accepted in Fall and Spring. Full guidelines here.
  • Support Grants for arts organizations seeking general operating support. Applications are only accepted in Fall. Full guidelines here.
  • Sponsor Grants an invitation only grants program providing ongoing funding for organizations leading the Santa Cruz County arts community.
  • Elevate Grants an invitation only grants program providing professional development and funding for organizations to ensure their long-term success.
  • SPECTRA Matching Grants we provide schools across the county with financial support for arts education opportunities including workshops, residencies and performances taught by Spectra Artists. Public schools are eligible to apply for up to $2,000 in matching grants each year. You will need to sign up to create a log in at the top, before you will be able to access the online application. Full guidelines here.


Spring 2016 Grants Calendar (for Create and Develop Grants)

  • January 28 - Cycle opens
  • February 3 - Orientation*
  • March 18 - Deadline to apply
  • June - Awards announced for funding period July 2016 - July 2017


*Orientations are recommended but not required for new applicants and those looking for a refresher. The Spring 2016 Orientation will be held February 3rd, a joint workshop with the Creative Work Fund. RSVP hereThere’s also an online orientation session here