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Funding Available for Arts Participation by People with Disability

Author: National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA (NADC)(i) : Contact:

Published: 2020-03-28


California's Arts and Accessibility grant program offers support to artists with disabilities and organizations enhancing arts and culture opportunities for people with disabilities.

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The National Arts and Disability Center at UCLA (NADC) has announced the availability of 2020 Arts and Accessibility grants funding, in partnership with the California Arts Council. Applications opened Thursday for the statewide program, which offers financial support and assistance to increase opportunities to engage with the arts by people with disabilities throughout California by providing small but critical grants to individual artists and arts organizations.

The California Arts Council is a state agency with a mission of strengthening arts, culture, and creative expression as the tools to cultivate a better California for all. It supports local arts infrastructure and programming statewide through grants, initiatives, and services. The California Arts Council envisions a California where all people flourish with universal access to and participation in the arts.

Artists may request up to $3,000 for activities that advance their creative work and careers, including the creation of new work. Artist grants are for specific projects that contribute directly to their professional goals and development.

Applications are encouraged from California-based artists with disabilities in all artistic disciplines. This grant is intended to support the employment and careers of California artists with all types of disabilities, including but not limited to artists with a physical disability, visual disability, hard of hearing or deaf, developmental disability, learning disability, mental illness or chronic illness.

The Good Life - Oil, paper and fabric on gesso board, by Los Angeles-based artist and Arts and Accessibility grant recipient Carol Es.
The Good Life - Oil, paper and fabric on gesso board, by Los Angeles-based artist and Arts and Accessibility grant recipient Carol Es.

California-based arts organizations may request up to $5,000 to support the inclusion of artists with disabilities in arts programming through provision of accommodations, or to increase the attendance and enhance the experience for audiences with disabilities.

The NADC recognizes that prospective grantees may have to postpone, modify, or cancel their planned activities due to state and local public health guidelines in the coming months. Applicants should include a contingency plan in the event of a change to expected grant activities or timeline. The NADC also reminds its applicants and event producers in general that as events move steadily to an online forum, closed captioning, real time captioning, sign language interpreters, and other access services will help ensure arts events are accessible to all.

How to Apply

Please read the updated guidelines for both the artists and arts organizations, as the criteria for the grants has changed for 2020.

Applications are available on a rolling basis until designated funds are used.

For more information, including guidelines, eligibility and applications, visit:

National Arts and Disability Center

Founded in 1994, the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) is a leading consultant in the arts and disability community and the only center of its kind to provide national resources for artists with disabilities and training on accessibility in the arts. The California Arts Council and the NADC have partnered since 2000 to provide funding to artists with disabilities and to arts organizations seeking to make their programs accessible for all.

Members of the California Arts Council include: Chair Nashormeh Lindo, Vice Chair Jaime Galli, Larry Baza, Lilia Gonzales Chavez, Jodie Evans, Kathleen Gallegos, Stanlee Gatti, Donn K. Harris, Alex Israel, Consuelo Montoya, and Jonathan Moscone. Learn more at

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