Grants

THE ARTS AND ACCESSIBILITY PROGRAM NO GRANT FUNDING FOR 2021

The Arts and Accessibility Program will not be funded by the California Arts Council (CAC) this year. Consequently, we are disappointed to report that in 2021 we will not be offering grants to arts organizations or artists with disabilities.

While we are holding discussions regarding the restoration of funding with the CAC, it is uncertain at this time when funding will be made for the Arts and Accessibility Program. Any future decision requires full consideration and approval by the Council.

Please see information below about the February 25th CAC meeting at which time you or your organization may provide live or written feedback to the CAC regarding the significance of the Arts and Accessibility program to you or your organization.


About the Arts and Accessibility Program
The goal of the Arts and Accessibility Program is to support universal access to and participation in the arts that is inclusive of the 23% of all Californians with disabilities. Since 2001, the Arts and Accessibility Program has been the signature grants program by the CAC for the disability community. Annually the National Arts and Disability Center was awarded a contract to administer the program. In our most recent award, we received $500,000. We offer technical assistance and funding for the career development of artists with disabilities and to increase the accessibility of cultural arts organizations. To date, we have awarded 327 grants to artists with disabilities and 235 arts organizations. In 2020 the Arts and Accessibility Program reached 95,815 adults, 1,800 children/youth, and 663 artists throughout California.


Opportunity to Provide Your Feedback to the California Arts Council
Thursday, February 25th, 2021 from 10:00 am – 1 pm Pacific Time (US and Canada)

If you would like to share with the CAC the significance of the Arts and Accessibility program to you or your organization, this is your opportunity to do so. You may provide live public comments or written comments.

AGENDA: Click HERE for the agenda (https://arts.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Public-Agenda-2.25.21.pdf) On the agenda is a discussion of grant priorities, policies and allocations for future grants.

TO ATTEND THE MEETING: Click HERE to join the webinar or click the link below (https://zoom.us/j/95242167481?pwd=UG5BeG1MVFVQanRkeCttNGhZZ3dWdz09)

Passcode: 641609

Or iPhone one-tap:
US: +16699009128,,95242167481# or +13462487799,,95242167481#

Or Telephone:
Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 9128 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 646 558 8656 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799

Webinar ID: 952 4216 7481

TO PROVIDE A LIVE PUBLIC COMMENT: Individuals who wish to provide 2- minute live comments during the Council meeting must join webinar at the link listed above.

TO SUBMIT YOUR WRITTEN COMMENTS: You may submit a written public comment now through the close of the meeting at 1:00 pm PT on February 25, 2021. Click HERE to submit your comment, (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSexIvSpgAH64K9oOpaqIOEWSkZNwlFyxEdxeVG2JDbrj_PYdA/viewform)

Read about how this grant helped to advance the careers of the artists at Artists Stories

Additional Resources

NADC resource database

NADC Library

Get Involved


The NADC is a program of the Tarjan Center at UCLA, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
For more information about the Arts and Accessibility grants program, please contact Beth Stoffmacher at the NADC:
Tarjan Center at UCLA
760 Westwood Plaza
58-228 Semel Institute
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1759