Community Stories Grant

The next application deadline will be August 1; updated guidelines for that round will be available in May.

The Search for Equality:

LGBT Stories of Democracy in Action

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From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights

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The Future of Small Town California

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The Community Stories Grants Program

Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund) is a competitive grants program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Since 2003, we have awarded over $3 million to over 400 projects through this grant program that seeks to foster among us greater knowledge, understanding, and empathy.

Community Stories funds projects that focus on the collection and sharing of real stories of California’s communities. Projects must involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor, use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research, and produce work that is publicly accessible. Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions. Grant awards range up to $10,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required.

For more information, contact Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley.

More Information on Applying for a Community Stories Grant

PLEASE NOTE: The application deadline for the current round has passed and awards will be announced in June.  The next application deadline will be August 1; updated guidelines for that round will be made available in May.  

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