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Humanities for All - A Grant Program from California Humanities

California Humanities Unveils New Grant Program

Attention, grantseekers! California Humanities is pleased to announce the launch of Humanities for All, a new two-tiered grant program that will support a broad range of locally-initiated public humanities projects. Developed in response to feedback you provided during the past year, and reflecting new organizational goals of increasing responsiveness and accessibility, these 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.

This new grant program will provide a means of 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. However, it will support a broader range of programming options and provide more encouragement for experimentation and innovation.

Support will be provided through two mechanisms:

Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date. 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. Guidelines can be downloaded HERE.

Project Grants (up to $20,000) will be awarded twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two-years duration. 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. An initial Letter of Intent, followed by a full proposal, will be required as part of the competitive application process. Eligibility is limited to California-based organizations and non-federal public agencies. Note: Awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project. Guidelines will be available in Fall 2016 and the initial application deadline will be early in 2017.

Our first Quick Grant deadline will be October 25. 

Interested in learning more? Please review the guidelines and sign up for an informational webinar HERE.

Guidelines are now available HERE for the initial deadline, October 25, 2016.

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