The California Community Foundation

What is the California Community Foundation Grant?

Since 1988, CCF has been awarding these one-year fellowships for outstanding emerging and mid-career artists working in the visual arts and residing in Los Angeles County. In total, we have awarded 175 fellowships and more than $1 million, thanks to the donors and founders who have made them possible.

The fellowships exist to:

  • Acknowledge the contributions of outstanding mid-career artists in Los Angeles by enhancing, encouraging and nurturing artistic accomplishments
  • Encourage and foster promising and emerging artists in Los Angeles by supporting early stages of individual development
  • Increase access to artistic support among the diverse communities of Los Angeles
  • Support and develop artistic or cultural talent of special merit that reflects Los Angeles’ diverse population

The Fellowships for Visual Artists are one of the ways that the California Community Foundation fulfills its vision of the arts as part of everyday life in Los Angeles and beyond and the role that artists play within those communities.

Who are eligible for the California Community Foundation Grant?

Outstanding emerging and mid-career artists working in the visual arts and residing in Los Angeles County are eligible to apply for a grant funded by the California Community Foundation.

How to apply for the California Community Foundation Grant?

Applicants must submit work samples and a completed application through CaFÉ™ as follows:

Images of Work
Submit six images of work completed in the last five years. Applications without samples of the artist’s work will not be considered.

Formatting of still images:

  • Do not embed images into PowerPoint or another slideshow program.
  • File Format — Submit only “high” quality JPGs (do not use GIFs, TIFFs or other formats). Please choose the lowest “high” setting available (this is “8” if you are using Photoshop). Save your JPGs as “baseline.” Do not save your image as a Progressive JPG File.
  • Image Size — Images must be 1920 pixels x 1920 pixels square.
  • File Size — Files must be less than 1.8 MB.
  • Background – If your image does not take up the entire 1920 x 1920 pixel space, you must use a black mask. If you feel your image is too dark and requires a lighter mask, you may use either white or grey.

How much funding is available for the California Community Foundation Grant?

More than $1 million had been allocated so far to the grantees of the California Community Foundation and the fund keeps on growing thanks to the support of donors such as the J. Paul Getty Trust Fund for the Visual Arts, the Atlass Fund, the Brody Arts Fund, the Joan Palevsky Endowment for the Future of Los Angeles, T.M. and R.W. Brown Fund, the Harry J. Volk Fund and other CCF funds.

Where to send applications for the California Community Foundation Grant?

The application for the 2011 Fellowships for Visual Artists is now open. The application deadline is 11 p.m. PST on Friday, March 4, 2011. All applications must be submitted online through CaFE (, a web-based application service.

For more information on the California Community Foundation Grant, contact:

Program Assistant Michelle Moreno at (213) 413-4130 ext. 214

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