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Humanities for All Grants

Humanities for All is a new grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects. This program responds to the needs and interests of Californians, encourages greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

Quick Grants

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. 

The next Humanities for All Quick Grant deadlines for 2019 will be posted shortly.

Manage your Humanities for All Quick Grant 

Quick Grant Toolkit Grantee Portal

For more information, contact Associate Program Officer, Lucena Lau Valle.

Project Grants

Project Grants ($10,00 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. Eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit 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.

The next Humanities for All Project Grant deadline will be posted shortly. New guidelines, application link and other materials will be available approximately two months before the deadline. See below for the previous round’s guidelines, but please be advised that these guidelines will be updated for the next round. Please join our mailing list to get updates on guideline release and application webinar dates. For applicants who applied in the August 1, 2018 deadline, notifications will be sent out by email in December 2018. The online application portal will be accessible one month before the deadline. 


Manage your Humanities for All Project Grant

Project Grant Toolkit Grantee Portal

Updated guidelines and other information will be made available approximately two months before each deadline.  

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