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Humanities for All Grants

Current and Prospective Grantees, please note:

In light of the ongoing federal government shutdown, until we receive the next installation of funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) for the grants we award, we are taking the following steps:

  • We are suspending all grant payments, effective January 16, 2019 – either for new grants, interim or final payments.
  • We will continue to accept applications for our open grant lines with upcoming deadlines, including Humanities for All Project Grants (February 1) and Humanities for All Quick Grants (February 15). However, we may need to delay the award of funds until the NEH is open again.
  • We will continue with the review of any recently submitted applications that have not yet been awarded. However, we may be required to delay the awarding of funds until the NEH is open again.
  • We will resume payments as soon as the government reopens, the federal budget is approved, and the NEH recommences payments to the state humanities councils. At this point, we are unsure how long this process will take.

Steps you may consider taking at this time:

  • If the delay in funding delays your programming, we are willing to renegotiate grant periods. Please contact your program officer to discuss this option.
  • Please check back at this page soon, which we will update as the situation develops.

Humanities for All is a 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 deadline is February 15, 2019. Application for projects taking place between May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020 (also known as the grant period) are now being accepted from January 15 – February 15, at 5 pm. Please see guidelines available for download below and link to recording of an informational webinar which took place on January 15. The following Humanities for All Quick Grant deadline will be June 14, 2019 for projects with activities taking place between September 1, 2019 and August 30, 2020. Guidelines for that round will be released approximately one month before the deadline.

Manage your Humanities for All Quick Grant 

Quick Grant Toolkit Grant Portal

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

Project Grants

Project Grants ($10,000 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 is February 1, 2019. New guidelines, application link and other materials are available for download below. An informational webinar recording is available here.

The online application portal will be accessible one month before the deadline. Please join our mailing list to get updates on guideline release and application webinar dates.


Manage your Humanities for All Project Grant

Project Grant Toolkit Grant 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.