In recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic has had a serious impact on the public humanities field across the state, California Humanities will direct funds from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), to meet the emergency needs of organizations in order to help sustain and grow the public humanities field in California.
In keeping with California Humanities’ mission, California Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants aim to provide support to organizations that have experienced critical challenges as a direct result of COVID-19 including a decrease or loss of revenue, programming opportunities, paid staff, or venues.
|Grant Program||Application Open||Award Date|
|Relief Grants||June 1 to June 30 (5pm)||Week of August 9|
|Recovery Grants||June 1 to July 21 (5pm)||Week of August 23|
FAQs for both grant lines can be found here.
California Humanities Relief Grants
Relief Grants will direct funds between $5,000 and $20,000 for short-term general operating support to organizations to meet the immediate needs of their communities and respond to the current challenges presented by the pandemic. Appropriate activities include but are not limited to staff salaries, supplies and materials, and administrative expenses.
For full details of the Relief Grant program, including eligibility requirements, examples of what this program is meant (and not meant) to support, please see the Relief Grant Guidelines.
Apply for a Relief Grant in our portal here.
California Humanities Recovery Grants
Recovery Grants will direct funds between $2,000 and $10,000 for capacity-building project support that will enable applicants to meet the needs of their communities and respond to current and longer-term challenges as they consider new approaches to public humanities programming and organizational strength. Appropriate activities include but are not limited to expert assistance from humanities experts, peer-to-peer learning experiences, program research and community needs assessments.
For full details of the Recovery Grant program, including eligibility requirements, examples of what this program is meant (and not meant) to support, please see the Recovery Grant Guidelines.
Apply for a Recovery Grant in our grant portal here.
Watch the California Humanities Relief and Recovery Grants Webinar on YouTube (recorded June 2). You will learn more about the intent of these programs, eligibility requirements, and how to apply for these grants.