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

— George Takei, Actor, Author, Director, Activist


Recovery Grants Deadline is July 21 – Apply Now!

The California Humanities Recovery Grantsapplication deadline is coming up on July 21, 5 pm PST. Apply here.

Recovery Grants between $2,000 and $10,000 aim to strengthen the short- and long-term capacity of California-based humanities organizations as they plan and deliver rich humanities-based learning experiences for the people of California. This program will direct funds for capacity-building project support that will enable applicants to meet the needs of their communities and respond to the current and long-term challenges of the pandemic. Applications will be accepted from June 1 to July 21 and a decision will be made by August 27.

Appropriate types of activities include, but are not limited to:

  • Strategic planning and capacity-building efforts related to preparing, responding to, and recovering from the coronavirus. Note: If you are interested in general support, please refer to the Relief Grant guidelines.
  • Technical assistance provided by experts (individuals or organizations) that will directly enhance public humanities programming capabilities.
  • Professional development activities that will directly impact the applicant’s programming capacity (acquisition of skills, knowledge, or expertise gained through training, coaching, or participation in humanities field learning experiences).
  • Technical/consultant needs related to a digital transition or in support of preservation and access programs. Note: Equipment costs cannot exceed 20% of the award.
  • Expansion, due to the effects of the coronavirus, of outdoor and virtual humanities programming and activities, from traditional environments to those that are more accessible.
  • Equity assessments and planning related to the coronavirus and the economic crisis.
  • Communicative and collaborative activities that will promote partnership, networking, and leveraging the resources of multiple public humanities providers resulting in enhanced programming capacity.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate a track record for supporting rich and engaging public humanities work that is accessible to the people of California.  Please see the Recovery Guidelines and FAQ documents for further details.

Watch the Relief and Recovery grants webinar recording to learn more about the intent of the program, eligibility requirements, and how to apply.

Questions? Contact Stanze Quezada at

Relief and Recovery Grants are made possible by funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan of 2021.


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