ACPC Grant Application Instructions

The Arts Council of Placer County (ACPC) promotes and advocates for all arts across Placer County to enrich and help develop the artistic culture of our region of Northern California and beyond.

ACPC will award grants ranging from $250 to $5,000 for programs and projects that:

  • Are implemented within Placer County between March 1 through December 31, 2024. 
  • Fulfill ACPC’s mission to promote and advocate for all arts across Placer County to enrich and help develop the artistic culture of our region of Northern California and beyond
  • That drive racial equity and social justice
  • That nurture social connections, promote community pride and identity, and boosts tourism by providing authentic experiences that draw visitors to the community and have a positive financial impact on Placer County
  • Fall within/conform to the categories, criteria and requirements listed below

W9 to be filled out and submitted by approved Grantees immediately in order to receive first 50% grant funding.


  • After-School Arts Education in Schools ($250-$1,500)
  • Arts Organizations – Non-Profit or Fiscal Sponsor ($500-$5,000)
  • Performers/Artists ($250-$1,000)
  • Public Art/Special Arts Projects ($1,000-$5,000)
  • Film Projects ($500-$2,500)


PART I – GRANT APPLICATION (Application at the bottom of this page)

  • To be submitted within the open grant period – JANUARY 1 – FEBRUARY 29, 2024
  • By March 31, 2024 – Part I – Grant Applications scored (approved/rejected) 
  • By April 15, 2024 – All applicants notified
  • By April 30, 2024 – First 50% of approved funding disbursed
  • By December 31, 2024 – funds must be expended, and program completed
  • The remaining 50% of approved funding disbursed upon submission and approval of Part II – Grant Report

PART II – GRANT REPORT (For approved grantees only)

  • To be submitted by approved grantees, no later than 1 month after completion date of the event/project/program as noted in Part I Grant Application
  • 2nd 50% of approved grant disbursed within three (3) weeks after timely submission and ACPC approval of Part II Grant Report

Further Requirements:

  • Event/project/program to be held and completed within the grant period, March 1 – December 31, 2024
  • If your event/project/program does go forward but you fail to submit Part II Grant Report within one (1) month after completion date of the event/project/program, you will not be eligible to receive the second 50% of approved funding.
  • If your event/project/program does not go forward, and Part II Grant Report has not been submitted, ACPC will require that your funding be returned no later than your proposed completion date as noted in Part I Grant Application.  You may also be suspended from applying for future grants for a period to be decided by ACPC.
  • If your Part I Grant Application is incomplete, or does not comply with the stated requirements, categories, and timelines, or fails to fulfill the goals of ACPC, it will not be considered.
  • The ACPC Grant Committee will serve as the review and scoring panel.
  • Grants will be awarded based on available funding, number of grants submitted, number of categories checked, and how well each proposed program aligns with the information in this application’s instructions and application. 
  • Grants will be awarded up to the total available funding within your checked category.
  • Non-profits must be “in good standing” with the California Secretary of State.  Check here
  • If you receive funding, ACPC will require that you provide to ACPC support documentation that best represents your event/project/program, including, but not limited to, any of the following that ACPC may use for publicity:
    • Provide a quote/testimonial describing how this grant helped you achieve your goals for this event/project/program.  This may be used in ACPC publicity and attributed to the contact person listed, unless specified otherwise.
    • Marketing materials and/or high-resolution photographs or videos (that may be posted on ACPC website, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram)
    • Press Release(s)
    • Brochures
    • Advertisements
    • Announcements
    • Notices of public appearances
    • Media announcements
    • Photographs/Videos
    • I/We agree to post ACPC Logo on our website, promotional and marketing materials acknowledging ACPC as a sponsor of our event/project/program

ACPC Will not consider:

  • Events/Projects/Programs happening OUTSIDE of Placer County
  • Nonprofit organizations not in “good standing” with the California Secretary of State. Verify here
  • Funds to teachers/schools for programs to be held during the school day
  • Expenses incurred before the start date or after the ending date of the Grant Activity Period, March 1, 2024, through December 31, 2024.
  • Fundraising activities or services such as grant writing, annual campaigns, or fundraising events
  • Lobbying activities intended to influence the actions, policies, or decisions of government officials or specific legislation
  • Programs or services intended for private use, or for use by restricted members, or programs that require college or university enrollment for participation
  • Projects for religious purposes
  • Trusts, endowment funds, or investments
  • Construction projects, purchase of land and buildings, or capital expenditures used to maintain, upgrade, acquire, or repair capital assets
  • Equipment purchases (equipment rentals are eligible)
  • Debt repayment
  • Hospitality expenses, meals, food, alcohol, liquor licenses (food will be considered on a limited, case-by-case basis)
  • Out-of-state travel
  • Funds to be “regranted”
  • Contingency or “slush” funds
  • Salaries
  • Rental of facilities that are owned by a for-profit organization will not be considered. Rentals operated by non-profit agencies will be considered
  • Projects that discriminate based on race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, or disability

ACPC’s new and reworked 2024 Grant Application is open and ready for grant requests! Please Read ALL information before applying. Questions may be directed to: 

Grant Categories

Categories of who may apply and funding ranges.

After-School Arts Education in Schools

Available for artists or educators for after-school programs promoting arts education, such as seminars, classes, special projects, teaching tools, etc. Schools are not eligible to apply but may apply through a group such as a Parent-Teacher Association. Teacher grants, including arts and music teachers, are designed specifically to allow them to purchase supplies for ongoing or specific arts projects for students.

Grants will range from $250-$1,500.

Performers / Artists

Available for artists, performers for special projects, art in public places, placemaking, maker projects, etc. that are determined to be beneficial to the local community.

Grants will range from $250-$1,000

Arts Organizations

Applicants must be non-profit or apply with a fiscal sponsor for community arts projects, performances, studio tours, events, festivals, etc.  

Grants will range from $500-$5,000.

Public Art / Special Arts Projects

Available for enduring works of art that will be publicly displayed in local communities.  

Grants will range from $1,000-$5,000.


Available for local film projects.

Grants will range from $500-$2,500.

Criteria for Scoring

These criteria help ensure that this grant program supports projects that have positive economic and cultural impacts on the community and the local arts scene.  Grants are awarded based on how well applicants meet these criteria and align with the goals of ACPC.

To apply for a grant, please submit the application below.  You may receive a request for more information when the application is received. Please be sure to read all information including “Further Requirements” on this page.
Questions may be directed to: 

* If your grant is accepted, please note that 50% of the approved grant amount (up to or including your requested amount) will be made. The remaining 50% of your approved grant will be paid when ACPC receives Part II Grant Report of the Grant Application no later than one month following the completion of your event/project/program: Detailed information/supporting documentation describing your event/project/program, including a cost breakdown, testimonials from participants, marketing materials and/or high-resolution photographs or videos that ACPC may post on our various media sites. A full list of required material is listed in the “Further Requirements” section of this page.