The Community Impact Arts Grant (CIAG) program recognizes the value of arts and culture as a vital tool for cross-sector and civic problem solving across a range of issue areas. The program supports arts projects and programming taking place at nonprofit social service and social justice organizations and in municipal departments as part of larger missions to provide services to individuals and communities, and enables these organizations to deliver a wide variety of cultural services to County residents that support arts and culture throughout the region.
First established in 2015, CIAG program grants serve a wide variety of populations and communities underserved by the conventional arts and culture sector. The Department of Arts and Culture has found that CIAG grantees serve more diverse communities in terms of race and ethnicity and significantly more communities where more than a quarter of the population earns less than the federal poverty level. We are proud that this program supports the meaningful role of arts and culture in social service and social justice organizations in our most underserved areas. CIAG supports the work community-based organizations and municipalities are invested in to ensure that residents have access to arts and culture as a resource for their overall wellbeing.