Attention, grantseekers! California Humanities, the nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, is pleased to announce a new funding opportunity: Humanities for All Project Grants. Awards between $10,000 and $20,000 will be made twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two years duration sponsored by California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. All awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.
Guidelines, application instructions, and FAQs for the initial application deadline of February 1, 2017 are now available. The online application window will open on December 15 and an informational webinar will be held December 16. To learn more or to register for the webinar, visit https://calhum.org/programs-initiatives/programs/humanities-for-all/
Developed in response to feedback received from humanities programmers and partners, and reflecting new organizational goals of increasing responsiveness and accessibility, Humanities for All grants will support public humanities projects that address the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, 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. Grants will support for many of the same types of projects previously funded through our long-running Community Stories program, which had its last deadline in February 2016, as well as other types of projects, including experimental and innovative programming.
In addition to the Project Grants, Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for smaller-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include but are not limited to community dialogues, reading- or film-and-discussion groups, oral history or nonfiction writing or story-sharing workshops, and other types of activities. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Note: A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required.
Our first Quick Grant deadline was October 25. Awards will be announced shortly. Guidelines for the March 2017 Quick Grant deadline will be available in January.
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