Application Guidelines

Applications for the 2019-2020 cycle are now closed, but information is available below for those interested in applying for future cycles.

Applicant Orientation Webinar (recommended)

Watch our applicant orientation webinar from July 11, 2019 to learn more about the program and the application process. 



Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply, organizations must:

  1. Be full members in good standing of the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Interested non-member organizations should submit a membership application and first-year dues payments with their application on or before August 11, 2019. Visit for membership information.

  2. Have an annual operating budget of $150,000 or more.

  3. Operate as a 501(c)3 organization or department/division thereof (organizations operating under the fiscal sponsorship of another agency are not eligible).

  4. Have a demonstrated interest in developing a new program (or programs) to increase older adults’ social engagement and mastery (of artistic knowledge and skill) through arts learning activities. (The Catalyzing Creative Aging Program is designed to support arts education, not arts therapy or programs primarily serving those with dementia.) Please note: the primary focus of this initiative is to seed new programs. If your organization currently offers, or has offered, older adult programming, your application must demonstrate that you need training and technical assistance to launch a new endeavor that is distinct from existing work or because a first creative aging program attempt was unsuccessful. 

  5. Commitment to all program activities is mandatory. This includes attending the Creative Aging Institute and full participation in technical assistance provided by Lifetime Arts post institute.

  6. Organizations who were accepted into last year’s CCA cohort are not eligible to reapply.

This initiative seeks to demonstrate replicable models in a variety of settings and types of organizations, and priority will be given to organizations who are removing barriers to participation for older adults who are lower income, from diverse racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds, and from rural areas or areas with few offerings.

Application Review 

Applications will be evaluated and ranked by a panel that includes staff of the National Guild and Lifetime Arts and former CCA seed grantees. Applications are due on August 11, 2019. Decisions will be made by August 21, 2019. 

Applicants are not expected to have designed a new creative aging program prior to applying (this is the focus of the technical assistance Lifetime Arts will provide); rather we are interested in your organization’s commitment to establishing and sustaining equitable access to creative aging programming, what your organization hopes to gain from participating in CCA’s training and technical assistance, and your capacity to launch and sustain a successful program.