Philanthropic Hub:

Cities around the Bay Area have set aside funding to support the arts through a variety of initiatives. For instance, in several cities, during the permit process a percentage of the overall construction budget is allocated to fund the arts. This gives local artists and design teams an opportunity to add a focal point or create an area of interest where there may have not been funding to do so in the past. Whether it is a private sculptural installation in the lobby of a building, a local public garden, or even an interactive public light display, there are many opportunities for artists & designers to get involved and keep the arts alive and thriving in our communities.

If you have a vision for one of your projects, there are a multitude of grant/ funding opportunities that could make it feasible. Many of the local municipalities have monthly meetings open to interested parties as well as a newsletter that outlines new opportunities. We have shared some resources for your reference.

California Beautification Initiative

Governor Gavin Newsom launched a statewide day of action highlighting his $1.1 billion initiative, in partnership with local governments, to revitalize California’s streets and public spaces through litter abatement and local beautification projects.

The statewide program includes potential projects in all 58 counties, with nearly a third of the funds being directly invested into cities, counties, tribes and transit agencies to clean and enhance local streets and public spaces. Caltrans will award $296 million in matching grants to fund impactful projects on local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways and transit centers in underserved, rural and urban communities. The Department is developing a needs-based formula that will provide additional support to underserved communities, with a goal of funding more than 100 local projects a year.

CARES Act Funding - Federal Stimulus Funding (CA Dept of Education)

CA Spending Allocation: Over 2 billion Dollars

Funding for March 13, 2020 – September 30, 2022

This relief package provided states with both funding and streamlined waivers to give State educational agencies (SEAs) necessary flexibilities to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The relief package includes $30.75 billion in emergency education funding.

The two main funding sources are the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER I Fund) and the Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund (GEER I Fund). The ESSER Fund provides California's with $1,647,306,127 and the GEER I Fund accounts for approximately $355,227,235. This funding will provide local educational agencies (LEAs) with emergency relief funds to address the impact COVID-19 has had, and continues to have, on elementary and secondary schools across the nation.

  • Program Questions:

    Questions about the application process, use of funds, and reporting requirements.

  • Fiscal Questions:

    Questions about the determination of LEA allocation amounts and the timing and apportionment of funds.

Download California Beautification CARES Initiative