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The City of San José Office of Cultural Affairs’ Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) provides project support to arts-based commercial businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts. Incentive awards are for creative industries of all types, such as manufacturers, service providers, presenters, and designers, among others. The CIIF seeks to support projects aimed at building successful small arts businesses in San José by their ability to: Increase community support and marketability; Leverage CIIF funding with other funding support; and Demonstrate growth and financial sustainability. 

CIIF also supports arts businesses in San José serving as cultural anchors and catalysts in their neighborhoods. This place-based focus was developed in response to a growing number of applications to CIIF from neighborhood-based arts businesses as well as nomadic enterprises seeking physical space to anchor themselves in a specific neighborhood. Investing in the economic sustainability of neighborhood arts businesses helps keep creativity alive in San José neighborhoods and maintains the unique qualities of place in a city challenged by increasing rents and the homogenizing effects of gentrification. 

2020 Grantees Announced! Read the Press Release Here.


The Creative Industries Incentive Fund is on a temporary hiatus. Check back in summer 2021 for program updates! 

For general information contact:
Arlene Biala, Arts Program Manager
San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
Phone: (408) 793-4332 
Email: arlene.biala@sanjoseca.gov 

For information on submitting a grant application contact: 
Laura Poppiti, Program Director, Bay Area
Center for Cultural Innovation 
Phone: (415) 288-0530 
Email: grants@wp101ways.com 

For announcements and updates regarding future application cycles, please sign up with the CCI website for program information.

 Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) is made possible by funding from: