Community Arts Grants

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The City of Davis is excited to announce the opportunity for artists and arts organizations to apply for a 2018 art grant. The program provides funds for a wide variety of community-based arts programs and projects that foster excellence, diversity, and vitality in the arts.  Art grants have been awarded to the Davis community since 1973. New this year, $50,000 will be available to artists or arts organizations for projects taking place in 2018.

Applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria may apply: Davis art groups, organizations and galleries, members of the university community who are extending on-campus activities into the City of Davis, non-profit organizations that want to sponsor an art-related program in Davis, and individual artists and arts educators who live in Davis or the surrounding unincorporated area, or whose primary artistic activity is in Davis. All projects must take place in the City of Davis.

The Arts Commission welcomes projects of all sizes. A project does not have to be a new activity. Continuing activities will be considered, particularly if the city funding would allow the applicant to expand the event or reach new audiences, and/or to continue providing a quality program to the community.

Applicants selected for funding receive from $500 to $5,000. All funded projects should be completed by June 30, 2019.

Applications are available online at or available for pick up in the City Manager’s Office of City Hall, located at 23 Russell Blvd.

The application deadline for this year's competition is October 27th at 5:00 p.m. Late applications will not be accepted.

Download the 2018 Art Grants Application Packet (PDF Document, includes application form).

Download the 2018 Art Grants Application Form (Word Document to aid in completing your application.  Download the PDF Application Packet above for complete instructions and evaluation criteria).

For questions, further information please call the City Manager’s Office at 530-757-5640.