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Humanities for All Grants

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 June 14, 2019. Applications for projects taking place between September 1, 2019 and August 30, 2020 (also known as the grant period) will be accepted from May 14 to June 14, at 5 pm. Please see guidelines available for download below (on May 14) and sign up for an informational webinar, taking place on Thursday, May 23 from 11 am to 12:30 pm PST.

The following Humanities for All Quick Grant deadline will be October 15, 2019 for projects with activities taking place between January 1, 2020 and December 31, 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 from the award date. 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.

Applications for the February 1, 2019 deadline are currently being reviewed and applicants will be informed of decisions in late May. 

The next Humanities for All Project Grant deadline will be August 1, 2019 (grant period Jan. 2020 – December 2021). Guidelines and other materials will be made available and an informational webinar will be held in June.  The online application portal will be accessible on July 1.  Please join our mailing list to get updates on guideline release and application webinar dates. Note: Updated guidelines and other information will be made available approximately two months before each deadline.  

In the meantime, you are welcome to review the material currently available by clicking on the links below. Please keep in mind that guidelines and requirements may change from round to round.


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.