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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. It aims to promote 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) are awarded three times a year 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 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 deadline is October 19, 2020 at 5pm.  We encourage applicants to watch a recording of the informational webinar held October 2.

Manage your Humanities for All Quick Grant 

Quick Grant Toolkit

Grant Portal


For more information, contact Program Officer Lucena Lau Valle
           phone: 818.334.3728 | email: lvalle@calhum.org

Project Grants

Project Grants ($10,000 to $20,000) 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 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.

The next Project Grant deadline is Monday February 1, 2021. To learn more, join us for an online information session on December 11, 2020 at 11:00am. 

The grant portal will open and new guidelines will post in early December. In the interim, please reference guidelines from the August deadline.

Applicants for the August 2020 deadline will receive notification of award or declination in December. 

Manage your Humanities for All Project Grant

Project Grant Toolkit Grant Portal

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