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ACSO offers a general scholarship opportunity and is highlighting several grants to provide additional opportunities for Conference funding. Please see the information on the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Nevada Arts Council applications for details about eligibility. ACSO thanks the generosity of the California Arts Council's professional development grant program that has granted awards to ACSO conferees.

ACSO Conference Scholarships

ACSO will award up to ten scholarships to cover the cost of the three-day conference registration fee (a value of $325). Priority will be given to first-time attendees, students, and emerging leaders. The scholarship does not include special events that have an additional fee or travel and accommodation costs.

Applicants must be an ACSO member ($50 for students, $80 for individuals) or on the staff or board of an ACSO member organization.

The scholarship application was Friday, May 25, 2018. Recipients will be notified by Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Group Registration

If your organization is bringing five or more people to Conference, you are eligible for a 15% discount on registration. Contact us at [email protected] for personalized service. The deadline for group registration is July 6, 2018.

Conference Grants


Center for Cultural Innovation - Creative Capacity Fund: This grant program provides reimbursement funds to nonprofit organizations and individual artists in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles to enroll in workshops, attend conferences, and to work with consultants and coaches to build administrative and business skills and strengthen the economic sustainability of an organization or arts practice. Applications are due on the 15th of the month with a one-month turnaround. Applications received after the 15th of a given month will be reviewed in the following month's application cycle. Click here for more information or to apply. 

Los Angeles County Arts Commission: Nonprofit arts organizations who receive funding through the LA County Arts Commission’s Organizational Grant Program are eligible to apply for scholarship support from the Arts Commission. Please review the Arts Commission’s Professional Development Program guidelines to verify eligibility. Scholarship requests must be received one month prior to the Conference to be considered. Click here to learn more or to apply.


Arizona Commission on the Arts: Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth. Grant deadline is May 15, 2018. Click here to learn more or to apply.

Nevada Arts Council: Professional Development Grants (PDG) promote the continuing education of Nevada’s nonprofit arts industry to advance their work and careers through attendance at regional or national conferences, workshops, or seminars for skills training. PDG funds cover costs associated with professional development activities on a reimbursement basis for artists, educators, board members and arts administrators. Grant requests must be received one month prior to the Conference to be considered. Click here to learn more or to apply.