California Humanities is now accepting applications for our February 1, 2016 deadline for Community Stories, our ongoing competitive storytelling grants program. The Community Stories grant guidelines are online and available for potential applicants.For more information, click HERE.

An informational webinar for grant applicants was held on December 16, 2015. To view the recorded webinar, click HERE.

California Humanities’ Community Stories grants program provides funding to support a wide range of community-initiated public humanities projects, including:

• story-based performances
• community forums
• websites
• video and radio documentaries
• interpretive exhibits

Since 2003, we have made over 450 awards for projects that collectively illustrate the diversity and breadth of the California experience.


• California-based nonprofit and/or fiscally sponsored organizations
• local/state public agencies or institutions

What We Fund

• focus on collecting and sharing real stories of California’s communities
• involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor
• use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research
• produce work that is publicly accessible

How Much We Give

• Grant awards range up to $10,000
• Matching cash or in-kind donations are required