The California Arts Council (CAC) awarded more than $72 million in grant funding during 2022—the biggest annual investment in the state’s arts and cultural fields in its 46-year history. The increase was supported by a $40 million one-time boost in the agency’s creative youth and arts education development programs.

During its final round of 2022 funding, announced in December, four San Luis Obispo County organizations received grants for youth education programs:

“We are proud to be able to support the great work that California’s artists, culture bearers and cultural workers are doing within our communities as an indelible part of our state’s identity,” said Jonathan Moscone, CAC’s director.

Interested members of the public, artists, arts organizations, and community leaders are encouraged to visit the CAC website to learn about future grant opportunities. Notification of grant program guidelines, applications, and technical assistance opportunities also are published in a weekly e-newsletter, ArtBeat.

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