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"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."

— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project

Collage of four Humanities for All Project grant projects

Introducing a Letter of Intent Process for Project Grants To Ease Burden on Applicants

Above image: Humanities for All Project Grant projects from left to right: San Jose Taiko’s Japantown Immersive, Project Wild Edges in Grass Valley, and Contemporary Indigenous Voices of California’s South Coast Range.

A New Application Process

In recognition of the time and effort it takes for to apply for grant funding and in an effort to lessen the burden on applicants, California Humanities is making changes to the Humanities for All Project Grants application process. Beginning with the current round, the new two-step process will involve submission of a streamlined, and much briefer, preliminary proposal/ Letter of Intent (LOI) by July 15, which is only two pages. Following a six-week review process, California Humanities will invite a selected group of applicants to submit a Full Application by October 15. Awards will be announced in December for the two-year grant period (January 2025 – December 2027). 

“We hope that these changes make the application process easier for applicants,” said Rick Noguchi, President and CEO of California Humanities. “Given the increased demand for funding, we want to make sure that our application process does not place undue burdens on the time and resources of applicant organizations that already have many constraints.”

New guidelines and informational materials will be available on the Humanities for All Project Grants webpage beginning June 1, 2024

Everyone is welcome to join a free online informational session on Thursday, June 6, 2024, from 11–12 pm PT, to learn more about the new process and this program: 

What are Project Grants?

Created in 2016 under the Humanities for All grant line, Project Grants are awarded two times per year for public humanities projects and activities of up to two years from the award date. Funding is available between $10,000 and $25,000, and new and longtime applicants from all corners of the state are encouraged to apply. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, explore California’s rich history and cultural life, and show potential to provide high-quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences.    

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.  

See a list of the Project Grants awarded to date.     

What are humanities for all project grants? *NOTE: A cash or in-kind match of the award IS REQUIRED over the life of the project.

How can I apply?

You can access the online application, updated guidelines, and FAQs by June 1, 2024 from our program page

The initial LOI application window opens on June 1, 2024, and are due by July 15, 2024 by 5 pm PT.    

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To learn more about the new process and how you can apply, join California Humanities at the Applicant Webinar on June 6, 2024 at 11 am PT.  

For more information, e-mail Project and Evaluation Director Felicia Kelley at fkelley@calhum.org.

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