1. Grants are open to established nonprofit organizations, arts organizations, or other organizations involved in arts related activities.
  2. Applicants must reside or operate in Kern County.

  3. Grants are required to be matched 1:1
    . Grant requests should not exceed more than 50% of the cost of a project. Applicants must contribute a matching portion of the total project cost either in cash, in-kind volunteer time, services or materials. Clearly state the match in the request.
  4. Project outcomes should show clearly how the grantee will contribute to arts access, advocacy or arts education for Kern County residents or visitors.
  5. Organizations and/or individuals are required to become members of the Arts Council of Kern at the time of application.

Criteria Used in Awarding Grants

  1. Artistic Quality
    1. Does the project promote the development of artistic standards or enhance greater arts awareness and understanding in and for the community?
  2. Artistic and Management Capabilities
    1. Does the organization have the artistic, fiscal, marketing and management capabilities to successfully carry out the project?
    2. Does the organization have a plan to build audience participation?
  3. Preference will be given to innovative arts programming, especially in under-served and under-funded areas of the County.
  4. Meets Eligibility

For more information please contact the Arts Council of Kern



Click the following link to download the 2019 application:




2016 Grant Recipients


Grantee Grant Amount Project
Shafter Symphony Orchestra $1,500 Shafter Symphony Orchestra Colours Concert
Kawaiisu Language and Cultural Center $1,500 Go Native!2016
Boys and Girls Club $1,500 Boys and Girls Club Performing Arts Program
Kern Dance Alliance $1,500 Children’s Dance Education Event at the Fox Theater
Kern River Valley Art Association $1,500 Outside In Program
Project Oh! $1,500 Community Workshops
Owens Primary School $1,500 Artsy Adventures!
Aire:Public $1,500 1000 Wildflowers and the Women of Arvin, CA.
Run the Arts: CSUB Art Club $800 Run the Arts Cares
Frameworks $1,100 Downtown Mural
Downtown Bakersfield Development Corp. $900 Second Phase of Statue of Liberty Mural
Aliza McCracken $200 Community Art Book Program

Talented Artists from the Wonderful Company


The ladies of Wasco Parks & Recreation perform a piano makeover thanks to a grant from the Wonderful Company.