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CARES Grant Initiative

World Beat Center
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Arts and Culture Relief Funds 

Provides special, one time relief grants for general operating support to arts and culture organizations serving communities of color disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 



  • Application CLOSED



  • October 12, 2020- Application guidelines and online application released
  • October 12, 2020- November 12, 2020- Office Hours available with staff (via video conferencing or telephone)
  • October 23, 2020, 12:30 PM (see presentation pdf below)
  • November 13, 2020, 3:00 p.m.- Last day for questions
  • November 13, 2020, 5:00 p.m.- Applications due
  • November 2020- Panel convenes to evaluate and recommend applications
  • January 31, 2021- Funds must be expended by this date
CGI is a one-time special grant initiative in response to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic funded by Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act money awarded to the California Arts Council (CAC) through the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and allocated to their State-Local Partners, including the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.