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

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist

New Grant Opportunity from California Humanities–Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grants

California Humanities is pleased to announce a new grant line, the Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grant Program.

This pilot program aims to support civics and humanities education for California’s middle grades-aged youth (grades 6-8 or ages 10-14) in school and out-of-school settings. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2023 by 5:00 pm PT. Guidelines for this new grant line and an online application will go live on December 1, 2022.

Middle school students are at an age especially defined by issues of identity, community, and belonging. At its most potent, the synergy of civics and humanities education can offer a path to truly engage middle schoolers, to address real issues in their lives and communities, and help them develop agency and responsibility. This program hopes to empower a pipeline of California students to access humanities-rich education throughout their school career and into their adult lives as citizens in a civil society.

The Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grant Program invites applicants from non-profits, schools, educational organizations, libraries, and other California-based organizations working in the fields of humanities and civics to apply between December 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023. These grants support learning both inside — and outside of — traditional school settings, inclusive of offsite activities, summer camps, field trips, after school programs, and more. These grants support projects that seek to foster the connections between civics and humanities education for California’s middle grades-aged young people (grades 6-8 or ages 10-14).

Funding is available in two categories:

  • Implementation Grants up to $15,000 (18-month grants)
  • Planning Grants up to $5,000 (12-month grants)

Join California Humanities staff on November 30 from 11:00-12:00 p.m. PT for an online information session about the Civics + Humanities Middle Grades Grant Program. Learn how to craft your application for the February 1, 2023 deadline, become familiar with the application process, and discuss your project with California Humanities staff.  Register here. Watch calhum.org for future information about these new grants.

For information, please contact Associate Program Officer Kirsten Vega at kvega@calhum.org. 

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