Needles, CA — March 23, 2023, Creative Corps Inland SoCal, a state-funded project of the California
Arts Council (CAC) facilitated by 3 regional arts councils and the Inland Empire Community Foundation,
announced and opened a request for proposals (RFP) on March 16, 2023 to fund individual artists and
community-based organizations, government agencies and tribal governments to employ artists in
Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The goal is to strengthen and further the creative workforce in
and across Inland Southern California and to promote artist-driven projects that aim to spark social
change on key issues identified by CAC.
$3.8 million dollars is now available through grants ranging from $10,000 to $150,000 awarded directly to
artists, collectives, and community-based organizations, agencies and tribal governments to fund creative
initiatives and projects that address the most pressing issues in their communities, including public health
and pandemic recovery, water and energy conservation, disaster preparedness and recovery, voter and
civic participation, and social justice and community engagement.
On April 5 th , from noon-2pm, Arts Connection – The Arts Council of San Bernardino County and the Inland Empire
Community Foundation, two partners working on the Creative Corps Inland SoCal grant program, will host an
information session and community mixer in Needles, CA at the Needles Center at Palo Verde College. Lunch and
refreshments will be provided. This event is free and open to the public; all artists and organizations, agencies and
government officials interested in learning more about how this opportunity can support their work are encouraged to
attend. RSVPs are kindly encouraged.
Creative Corps Inland SoCal partners are committed to reaching as many communities as possible in the
region. “Listening to the voices of artists, people of color, tribal communities, and those that are most
impacted by health and environmental issues are critical to properly inform our approach and process.
We are not simply funding art projects. This is a pilot program for workforce development through the arts
in the region. This program will have a lasting impact on how we view art and how we fund and promote
creative projects across Inland SoCal.” Jennifer Kane, Executive Director of Arts Connection – The
Arts Council of San Bernardino County.
Technical assistance programs, listed on the application, will be available to artists and applicants at no
cost, through community mentors and workshops. Deadline to apply is set for May 1, 2023.
Apply to the regranting program or learn more about the Creative Corps at: creativeinlandsocal.com