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

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

Humanities for All Project Grants

Humanities for All Project Grants

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

Application Opens Application Deadline Grant Period
December 1, 2022 January 17, 2023 June 1, 2023-May 31, 2025
June 1, 2023 July 17, 2023 December 1, 2023-November 20, 2025


Project Grants

Project Grants ($10,000 to $25,000) are awarded twice a year to large scale public humanities projects of up to two-years duration from the award date. 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. Note: Awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.

See a list of recently supported Project Grants.

Deadline January 17, 2023 5 p.m. PT. New materials will post here in late fall; guidelines from the prior round are available below as a reference. To learn more, join California Humanities staff at our Applicant Webinar on December 15, 2022 at 11:00 a.m. PT.

For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director Felicia Kelley.  | E-mail: fkelley@calhum.org

Current grantees, please use the Grant Portal button at top of the page.