Humanities for All grants will support locally-initiated public humanities projects responding to the needs and interests of Californians that will encourage participation in public humanities, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promote understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy. Two levels of funding will be available:

Quick Grants will provide between $1,000 and $5,000 to support small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date. No match is required. Our first deadline is October 25.

For complete guidelines, instructions on how to apply, visit the Humanities for All grants page. To watch an informational webinar on Humanities for All, please click Here. 

Note: for this round of Quick Grants, supplemental funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities will support a number of projects that will include community dialogues and discussions focused on the legacy of racial and ethnic relations in California, including the relationship between communities and law enforcement authorities. Please see guidelines for more details.

Project Grants will provide funding up to $20,000 for larger projects of longer duration. Guidelines will be available later this fall.

For more information, contact Felicia Kelley, Project & Evaluation Director,

The California Documentary Project

Guidelines and informational workshops are now available for the 2016 California Documentary Project (CDP) grant program. CDP grants offers funding for film, audio and interactive media projects that examine and interpret California subjects and issues, that use the humanities to provide context, depth, and perspective and seek to reach and engage broad audiences through multiple means, including but not limited to radio and television broadcast, podcasts, online distribution and interactive media, community screenings and discussions, in classrooms and libraries, at cultural centers, film festivals, and more. This year’s deadline is November 1, 2016.

Funding is available in two categories:

  • Research & Development Grants up to $10,000
  • Production Grants up to $50,000

For complete guidelines, instructions on how to apply, and a list of previously funded projects, visit the 2016 California Documentary Project grants page.

Informational Grant Workshops

Register to attend a free CDP grant workshop or webinar and learn more about how to apply.

San Francisco, September 21, register here

Webinar, September 23, register here

For more information, contact John Lightfoot, Senior Program Officer,