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Funding Opportunities

California Humanities offers grants to eligible nonprofit organizations and public agencies in three categories: documentary media, with the California Documentary Project; public humanities events, with Humanities for All; and public library engagement, with the Library Innovation Lab. Learn more about each category and how to apply below.

California Documentary Project

funds humanities-based media.

Humanities for All

funds locally-initiated public humanities projects.

Library Innovation Lab

supports libraries in engaging immigrant communities.

Grants at a Glance (download the PDF)

Grant Program Next Deadline Annual Deadlines Award Notification Features Contact
Humanities for All Quick Grant February 17, 2020 3x/ year in February, June, & October About two months after submission
  • Requests of $1,000-$5,000
  • No Matching Funds Required
  • 1 year time frame
  • No Humanities Advisor required
  • 2 page narrative maximum
Lucena Lau Valle
Associate Program Officer
lvalle@calhum.org
Humanities for All Project Grant February 3, 2020 2x / year in February & August Four months after submission
  • Requests of $10,00-$20,000
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 2 year time frame
  • At least 1 Humanities Advisor
Felicia Kelley
Project and Evaluation Director
fkelley@calhum.org
California Documentary Project Research & Development Grant Nov 2, 2020 1x/ year in November Four months after submission

 

  • Requests up to $10,000
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 2 year time frame
  • 3 Humanities Advisors
John Lightfoot
Senior Program Office
jlightfoot@calhum.org
California Documentary Project Production Grant Nov 2, 2020  

1x/ year in November

Four months after submission
  • Requests up to $50,000
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 3 year time frame
  • At least 2 Humanities Advisors
California Documentary Project Next Gen Grant Mar 16, 2020* 1/ year Two months after submission
  • Requests up to $15,ooo
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 1 year time frame
  • At least 1 Humanities Advisor
Library Innovation Lab Mar 2, 2020* 1/ year One month after submission
  • Up to $5,000
  • Matching funds 1:1
  • California public library or library-serving organizations
  • Receive training and support
  • Develop and implement a public humanities program
Felicia Kelley
Project and Evaluation Director
fkelley@calhum.org

*Select 2020 dates are tentative. Return to this page for up-to-date information.

For a look at upcoming grant deadlines, grant periods, and contact information, download our Grants at a Glance PDF.