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Funding Opportunities

The City Council has a policy which sets aside a percentage of the City's General Fund for community arts organizations and projects located in the Chico Urban Area.

Typically, applications for funding are available at the end of January and reviewed by the Arts Commission in April. The Council considers the Commission's recommendations and determines the final funding awards to the applicants. Funds for the July-June 30 fiscal year are released in August and January.

The Following Funding Categories are Available:

Established Arts Organization

This is defined as a nonprofit arts organization,located in Chico, whose primary purpose is the performance, production or display of art works with a 3 year track record of funding with the City of Chico. Eligible for up to 20% of the total organization budget but can not exceed $20,000.

Emerging Arts Organization

This is defined as a nonprofit arts organization,located in Chico, whose primary purpose is the performance, production or display of art works and who has less than a three year track record of funding with the City of Chico. Eligible for up to $10,000.

Arts Program with Nonprofit Fiscal Receiver

This is defined as an arts project or program located in Chico which is applied for under the umbrella of a nonprofit, non-arts organization. Eligible for up to $10,000.

Mini - Grants for Artists

This is defined as a project or program, located in Chico,whose primary purpose is the performance, production or display of art works. Artists are eligible for up to $2,000. The contract for the project or program will be executed on a reimbursement basis.

More information on Mini Grants