Dec 2, 2008

Creating Public Value" Grant Application Open

"Creating Public Value" Grant Application Open -- online application,
Cultural Data Project profile required
California Arts Council program seeks to partner with organizations
making a positive contribution to their communities

The California Arts Council has opened the application process for its
Creating Public Value
grant program. Through this program, the California Arts Council seeks
to partner with small California arts organizations in rural or
under-served communities to implement new or expanded projects that make
a positive contribution in these communities by utilizing tools
identified as "The Three R's:" Relationships (building partnerships),
Relevance (to audiences and community), and Return on Investment
(promoting organizations' public value and economic impact to the
authorizing environment).

Up to $10,000 in grant funding is available, and returning applicants
should read the application guidelines carefully, as some of the
requirements have changed from last year. The Creating Public Value
program is in line with
the California Arts Council's 2006 Strategic Plan
that identified core
elements to achieve its goal of becoming a public-value-driven agency:
Advocating for the Arts, Public Awareness, and Programs.

New This Year! The application for the 2008-09 Creating Public Value
program is completely
online, and applicants are required to fill out a profile through the
California Cultural Data Project
and submit a supplementary
form along with the application. The California Cultural Data Project
(California CDP) is an
online, statewide data collection effort for arts and culture designed
to provide an easier application process for potential grantees through
the development of a standardized form for organizational data that will
accompany grant requests to the partnering funders.

Applicants will only need to complete the Cultural Data Project
form once each year. Once the
California CDP profile is
complete, an arts organization can easily run a financial and/or data
report as requested by each funder, instead of compiling individual
reports for each grant application. Organization administrators can find
the information for the California Cultural Data Project website at , as
well as the number and hours of the Cultural Data Project's "Help Desk."

Deadline for Creating Public Value
applications is January
23, 2009, and applications can be found at . Interested
applicants with questions may contact Lucero Arellano, Creating Public
Value Arts Specialist, at 916-322-6338 or

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