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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.

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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. 

Awards for the February 2020 deadline will be announced in April.

The next deadline is June 15, 2020. The application window opens in mid-May.

Updated guidelines and other information will be available in April; in the meantime, guidelines and materials from past rounds are available by request.

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.

Awards for the February 2020 deadline will be announced in May.

The next deadline is August 3, 2020. The application window opens on July 1, 2020.

Updated guidelines and other information will be available in late May; in the meantime, materials from the latest round are available below for informational purposes.    

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Manage your Humanities for All Project Grant

Project Grant Toolkit Grant Portal

For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director, Felicia Kelley.