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CA CARES: Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants

We are pleased to launch CA CARES today to provide much-needed funds to the public humanities sector across California.

In recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the public humanities field across the state, California Humanities will direct funds from the federal CARES Act, through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to meet the emergency needs of organizations and individuals in order to help sustain and grow the public humanities field in California.

In keeping with California Humanities’ mission to connect Californians to ideas and one another in order to understand our shared heritage and diverse cultures, inspire civic participation, and shape our future, California Humanities relief and recovery grants aim to provide support to organizations that have experienced the cancellation of their public humanities activities due to a decrease or loss of revenue, programming opportunities, loss of paid staff, or venues as a result of COVID-19, as well as to humanities practitioners who are facing financial hardship.

Funding from the State of California will provide capacity-building recovery grants to assist organizations as they consider new approaches to public humanities programming and organizational strength.

Eligible individuals and organizations applicant organizations must demonstrate a track record for supporting rich and engaging public humanities work that is accessible to the people of California. You can find detailed guidelines and FAQs here.


    A rapid response general support fund will provide up to $2,000 for public humanities practitioners intended to address their immediate economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
    Deadline #1 – May 15, decision by June 1
    Deadline #2 – June 15, decision by July 1
    General operating support grants between $5,000 to $20,000 to humanities and cultural organizations based and operating in California will provide unrestricted funds that an organization can use toward any urgent needs resulting from COVID-19 in order to support the capacity for continued implementation of the public humanities.
    Deadline #1 – May 15, decision by June 1
    Deadline #2 – June 15, decision by July 1

Relief grants are made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the federal CARES Act.


    Recovery Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 aim to strengthen the short- and long-term capacity of California-based humanities organizations as they plan and deliver rich humanities-based learning experiences for the people of California.
    Deadline: June 10, decision by July 15

Recovery grants are made possible by funding from the State of California.

We are so grateful to our members of Congress and our California state legislators for recognizing the critical importance of the humanities at a time when there are many pressing global issues.

We know that we are all in this together, and that together we are stronger, helping communities flourish and democracy thrive.

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