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Silver State Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) at work on a burning operation at the Rim Fire. The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest in California began on Aug. 17, 2013. U.S. Forest Service photo by Mike McMillan.

New Grant Focus Area Supports Storytelling in the Wake of Natural Disasters

Update: The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is providing $30,000 in funding to California Humanities through a Chairman’s Award. Chairman Jon Parrish Peede announced on Monday, July 8, 2019 that the funds will be re-granted through Humanities for All to preserve heritage, tell stories, and support recovery at libraries, museums, colleges, universities, and other cultural and historical institutions in California. This will be matched with another $30,000 by California Humanities.

During 2018, California experienced 12 states of emergency due to wildfire and flooding. From the Camp Fire in Butte County to mudslides in Montecito, communities throughout our state were deeply impacted. For many of the people affected, these events continue to take an emotional toll.

Oral history exhibits, digital storytelling and writing workshops, documentary photography exhibits, and dramatic presentations of personal stories are proven ways by which individuals and communities can find meaning, make sense of traumatic experiences, and discover common purpose.

To respond to this growing need, California Humanities is designating a new focus area for our public humanities grant program Humanities for All. With Second Responders: The Humanities in the Aftermath of Natural Disasters, California Humanities wants to assist California communities in recovering and healing from natural disasters (such as wildfires, floods, and mudslides) and to raise awareness on the part of all Californians about the challenges affected individuals and communities face through public humanities programming. If your project will focus around the collection, sharing, and discussion of stories and experiences of community members affected by recent natural disasters (within the 2014-2019 period), you may apply for special consideration under this designation. This designation is available for upcoming grant applications, starting with the summer 2019 round of Humanities for All Project Grants.

Learn more about Humanities for All Project Grants. The next round opens on July 1, 2019, with applications due August 1, 2019. Updated guidelines are now available.

Learn more aboutHumanities for All Quick Grants. The next round opens on September 15, 2019, with applications due October 15, 2019. Guidelines will be posted in September.

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