In August 2022, KDA was awarded a $4.2 million grant by the California Arts Council to administer the California Creative Corps in Central and Eastern California. With the release of the KDACC program guidelines and timeline, the window opens for individuals and organizations to apply for grant funding.

Individuals are eligible for a grant of up to $150,000; organizations may request up to $300,000. All funding must be used for projects and programs completed between May 1, 2023 and May 1, 2024.

The California Creative Corps is a pilot program designed to promote community and civic engagement, spread awareness about water and energy conservation, climate change, emergency preparedness, relief and recovery through the arts. Thirteen organizations, including KDA, were selected statewide to regrant funds in their region to arts and social service organizations, individual artists, and cultural workers.

The KDA Creative Corps will regrant funds to arts and social service organizations, individual artists, and cultural workers throughout 14 counties in the Central Valley and Eastern Central region of the state. From south to north, they include Kern, Kings, Tulare, Inyo, Fresno, Madera, Mono, Merced, Mariposa, Stanislaus, Tuolumne, San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador counties.

The $4.2 million California Arts Council grant will be used exclusively for regranting and administration of the KDA Creative Corps. It will not be used to fund KDA’s existing programs, which will continue to operate alongside the KDA Creative Corps. KDA will continue to need funding and community support to meet its daily and annual operating needs.

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“We are ecstatic to help pilot the California Creative Corps and support the social, cultural, economic, and physical well-being of our communities. This investment is a monumental occasion, and we’re excited to work with the artists, organizations and creatives who are improving health and quality of life in Central California, one of our state’s most disadvantaged regions.”
Andrea Hansen, M.F.A.
KDA President
“KDA has pioneered creative and innovative ways to enrich our community through the arts for almost a decade. Their selection to help pilot the California Creative Corps is recognition of their leadership and capability to create true impact. I look forward to seeing how the KDA Creative Corps helps improve the quality of life for everyone living in the Central Valley and Eastern Sierras.”
Assemblyman Vince Fong
CA 32nd Assembly District

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