California Humanities grants support a diverse range of projects that share stories, explore history and culture, and enlarge our understanding of the human experience. In this blog, we provide a snapshot of upcoming grant opportunities to support your project ideas that amplify your community’s voice and foster greater human understanding within our state.
Humanities for All Project Grants provide between $10K- $25K in funds for large-scale public humanities projects of up to two years duration. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to virtual and in-person 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, and grant awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources throughout the duration of the project. Learn more about the Humanities for All Project Grant and application requirements here.
Humanities for All Quick Grants provide between $1K-$5K to small-scale public humanities programs and projects which take place within one year 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 the capacity for successful implementation. Appropriate formats include virtual and in-person community dialogues, reading and film discussion groups, oral history workshops, non-fiction workshops, speaker series, and many more activities based in humanities disciplines. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required for these grants. Learn more about the Humanities for All Quick Grant and application requirements here.
California Documentary Project NextGen grants are designed for youth media organizations in support of emerging California media makers age 18 and under and provide funding up to $15K. California-based nonprofit organizations and public agencies with established track records in youth media programming are eligible to propose projects that provide training and support to emerging media makers in creating short, insightful nonfiction films and/or podcasts that tell original stories about life in California today. In addition, the CDP NextGen intends to support short documentary films or podcasts that shed light on not only the problems we face but also on the solutions that youth are proposing and the futures they envision. Learn more about the CDP NextGen Grant and application requirements here.
The Library Innovation Lab Program: Exploring New Ways of Engaging Immigrant Communities through Public Humanities provides a nine-month practice-based professional development experience and a cash grant of up to $5K to ten participating library programmers each year. The cohort of library “innovators” research, design, implement and assess a small-scale, short-term public humanities project at their library. Working in a collaborative learning environment that combines virtual group meetings with individual advising, participants will acquire new skills and knowledge in programming and project management, build confidence, and develop capacity in working with immigrants and other target audiences. Learn more about the Library Innovation Lab program and application requirements here.
More grant opportunities and application information are available on our funding deadlines page. Register here for a free grantseeker webinar on January 12 where our program staff will give an overview of our current grant programs.