VCAC CARES Grant Application


The VCAC CARES Grant application will award funds to qualifying organizations determined through this application. The money awarded is allocated from a portion of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) funds initially given to the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) who granted a portion of the dollars to the California Arts Council (CAC) to be distributed by their State and Local Partners (SLPs) to arts groups serving populations disproportionately affected by COVID-19. This designation was determined by the NEA and CAC.

Grant dollars awarded may be used to support core operating expenses and do not need to be used for specific projects.

VCAC's opt-in statement as an SLP re-granting these funds: With support from the California Arts Council, the Ventura County Arts Council will distribute CARES funds to arts and culture organizations within the county who represent and serve communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19.


Applicants must be an art organization, collaborative or group based in and serving community members in Ventura County. You may be a cooperative or collective without a formal staff structure or board of directors. You do not need to be a non-profit organization or have a fiscal sponsor to qualify for funds. You may not be a business. Funds cannot be awarded to organizations who received National Endowment for the Arts funding through the CARES act this year.


VCAC has received a $15,787 grant from CAC. $15,000 of those funds--approximately 95%--will be re-granted to arts and cultural organizations in Ventura County. The remaining 5% will be used by VCAC for administrative operations. Additionally, VCAC will attempt to increase these funds by reaching out to local businesses and foundations for contributions. The $15,000, and any additional funds we may raise toward this effort, will be divided equally among organizations and groups that qualify through the application process.

Deadline for submissions:

Applications are due by December 21, 2020. They will be reviewed by Dec 24, and checks will be mailed out to all qualifying organizations by December 28.

For questions, contact Ventura County Arts Council at (805) 658-2213 or

Application Form

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