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"Part of resilience is finding joy, finding beauty, finding love."

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

Grant Deadlines & Overview

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.

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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 

Grant Program Next Deadline Annual Deadlines Award Notification Features Contact
Humanities for All Quick Grant February 15, 2023 3x/ year in February, June, & October About two months after submission
  • Requests of $1,000-$5,000
  • No Matching Funds Required
  • 1 year grant period
  • No Humanities Advisor required
  • 2 page narrative maximum
Lucena Lau Valle
Program Officer
lvalle@calhum.org
Humanities for All Project Grant January 17, 2023 2x / year in January & July Four months after submission
  • Requests of $10,00-$25,000
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 2 year grant period
  • At least 1 Humanities Advisor
Felicia Kelley
Project and Evaluation Director
fkelley@calhum.org
California Documentary Project Research & Development Grant Nov 1, 2023 1x/ year in November Four months after submission
  • Requests up to $15,000
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 2 year grant period
  • 3 Humanities Advisors
John Lightfoot
Director of Media & Journalism Programs
jlightfoot@calhum.org
California Documentary Project Production Grant Nov 1, 2023 1x/ year in November Four months after submission
  • Requests up to $50,000
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 3 year grant period
  • At least 2 Humanities Advisors
California Documentary Project NextGen Grant March 1, 2023 1/ year Two months after submission
  • Requests up to $15,ooo
  • Matching Funds 1:1
  • 1 year grant period
  • At least 1 Humanities Advisor
Library Innovation Lab February 1, 2023 1/ year One month after submission
  • Up to $5,500
  • Matching funds 1:1
  • California public library or library-serving organizations
  • Receive training and support
  • Develop and implement a public humanities program in 10-month grant period
Felicia Kelley
Project and Evaluation Director
fkelley@calhum.org