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The Pa’lante Artist Grant Program, an initiative of LA ASAMBLEA*, exists to economically advance artists to experience financial sustainability so that they thrive and grow through self-determination. Pa'lante will support up to (5) arts and culture workers in Year 1 (2024-2025) with $30,000 in unrestricted funds, training, and increased connection to the local arts and business communities

*LA ASAMBLEA is an artistic experiment by/for Sonoma County BIPOC & QUEER artists + co-conspirators. 





Online Application Opens: January 16, 2024 (9am PT)

Application Workshops:  

Virtual Open Office Application Help: 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 27, 2024 (11:59 am PT)

Awards Announced: *EXTENDED* Now- April 8, 2024

Funding Period: April 2024 - January 2025 


The Pa’lante Artist Grant Program is made possible with funding from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, programmatic partnership with the Center for Cultural Innovation, and program production and leadership by Kimzin Creative and On the Margins. LA ASAMBLEA is collectively led by the ASESORES, a group of diverse local arts and culture workers.

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Arts and culture workers, as described below, are encouraged to apply. 

  • While all arts and culture workers are encouraged to apply regardless of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity, religious creed, age, and any other protected basis, and there will be no preferences that are not available to all applicants, we strongly encourage artists, artisans, and/or arts and culture workers with lived experience or an understanding or appreciation of the lived experiences of :

> Queer/Transgender/Non-binary individuals.

> Individuals with diminished wealth access. We define wealth as the measure of an individual’s or family’s financial net worth.

> BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color - which includes African, Latino/e/x, Asian, Middle Eastern, Pacific Islander, South Asian, and more). 

>Individuals with disabilities. 

>Womxn, femmes, and individuals raised female.

  • We welcome applications from U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, undocumented immigrants, refugees, people seeking asylum, temporary visa holders, stateless people, and those with all other citizenship and immigration statuses. 

  • You are an artist with significant ties to Sonoma County. This means that you have or are in the process of launching or expanding an artistic practice in Sonoma County. An artist with significant ties to Sonoma County either lives, works, attends school, performs, presents, or creates within the county. **Residing in Sonoma County is not a requirement of this grant program.**

  • You have an individual annual gross income that is less than $75,000.

  • You are 18 years of age or older at the time of application submission.

  • The Pa’lante Artist Grant Program will require awardees to be physically present and participate in programming.
              > We understand the complexities of housing in the Bay Area and are happy to attune to the needs of the                               selected Pa’lante Artists.


Those who have a conflict of interest (family or financial relationships) with the boards, staff, and directors of the Center for Cultural Innovation, The Hewlett Foundation, Kimzin Creative, and On the Margins. 

Applications will be evaluated by a diverse panel of arts and culture workers (both local and nonlocal). Panelists will review and evaluate all application materials based on the following:

Creative Vision:
Applicant effectively communicates their personal story via the purpose of their creative work and the communities they serve/collaborate with.

Value Alignment:
Artistic work and/or examples of cultural practice demonstrate strong alignment with LA ASAMBLEA’s values (Access report here. See “Values,” Page 14) including: 
  • “Collaborative relationships rather than hierarchical ones” 
  • “Strengths-based approaches that center safety, dignity, open communication, and linguistic justice” 
  • “Activities that access radical imagination and multiple possibilities” 
  • “In-person, colorful and nourishing spaces for dialogue and storytelling”
  • “Adaptation and attunement”
  • LA ASAMBLEA values adapting the pace and rhythm of activities to the energy emerging in the room

The potential impact on the applicant’s personal life and/or creative career and their community. 

*** A broad geographic distribution of grant funds throughout the region is a desired outcome, as is a variety of disciplines represented among chosen program participants. 

The application is as streamlined as possible while still gathering the information necessary to assess it. If you require any assistance in accessing Pa’lante Artist Grant Program information or require an accommodated application, please reach out for more information. 

  • Spanish translation services and one-on-one assistance may be available. Email info@kimzincreative if you need assistance. 

  • Read this Application Packet thoroughly, which includes all of the application questions. This document is available for download in either English or Spanish at

  • Informational Application Workshops will be held via Zoom on January 24, 2024 at 12:00-1:00 pm PT (English with Spanish interpretation) and 6:00-7:00 pm PT (Spanish with English interpretation). Register at the links below:

 >12-1 pm PT Workshop will be facilitated in English (simulcast Spanish interpretation provided) register for that meeting here (click the link).

>6-7 pm PT Workshop will be facilitated in Spanish (simulcast English interpretation provided) register for that meeting here (click the link).
  • Receive application review and feedback by registering for our Virtual Open Office Application Help Workshops via Zoom on either February 7 or February 21, 2024, from 11 am -1 pm PT each day. These sessions are an opportunity to ask questions about your application as you write or record your answers. Join via the links below: 
> February 7 Virtual Open Office 11am-1pm (Join the meeting by clicking the link here
> February 21 Virtual Open Office 11am-1pm (Join the meeting by clicking the link here

  • You may save a draft of your application but must officially submit it no later than the deadline on Tuesday, February 27, 2024 at 11:59 am PT.  

  • If you do not have access to the internet, please call (415) 212-9064.



Email: or call (415) 209-5592. 


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