The City of San Jose 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 Jose by their ability to: Demonstrate community Support and marketability; Leverage CIIF funding with other funding support; and Demonstrate growth and economic sustainability.
n 2017, CIIF expanded to include a new funding category targeted specifically at arts businesses in San Jose serving as cultural anchors and catalysts in their neighborhoods. This place-based expansion is 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. The requests have ranged from storefront improvements to neighborhood activation. The new category, Category 2: CIIF Place-Based, is in addition to the original CIIF category of business support that was offered in CIIF Rounds 1 through 5.
Investing in the economic sustainability of neighborhood arts businesses helps keep creativity alive in San Jose neighborhoods and maintains the unique qualities of place in a city challenged by increasing rents and the homogenizing effects of gentrification.
The Creative Industries Incentive Fund online application can be accessed at: https://ccigrants.cgweb.org/. Applications will be accepted online ONLY through CCI’s GO™ system.