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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.

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 2019 August deadline will be announced in January.

The next deadline is February 3, 2020. Updated guidelines are available below. Application window opens on December 3, 2019.

Please join our mailing list to get updates on guideline release and application webinar dates. Note: Updated guidelines and other information will be made available approximately two months before each deadline.  

Manage your Humanities for All Project Grant

Project Grant Toolkit Grant Portal

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

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. 

The next Humanities for All Quick Grant deadline is February 17, 2020 for projects with activities taking place between May 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Guidelines for the this upcoming round are now available below.

Manage your Humanities for All Quick Grant 

Quick Grant Toolkit

Grant Portal

For more information, contact Associate Program Officer, Lucena Lau Valle.