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The California Civil Liberties Program

The California Civil Liberties Public Education Program is a competitive grant program for nonprofits and units of state and local government. Funding is available for various preservation, educational, public media, civic and artistic projects on the subject of civil liberties. Projects should include information on and comparisons to the civil-liberty violations experienced by Japanese Americans during WWII.

The deadline for applications this year is April 20, 2018. There are two main categories: Education, Preservation or Public Media projects ($100,000 max request) and Community Projects ($30,000 max request). The Civil Liberties program is administered by the California State Library. Full details and guidelines available on the California State Library’s Civil Liberties Program page

Interested? Learn more through the informational webinar on Friday, March 16, 2018, at 10:00 am PST. Questions can be addressed to Mary Beth Barber, Special Projects and Assistant to the State Librarian, at marybeth.barber@library.ca.gov

“The purpose of the California Civil Liberties Public Education Act is to sponsor public educational activities and development of educational materials to ensure that the events surrounding the exclusion, forced removal and internment of citizens and permanent residents of Japanese ancestry will be remembered, and so that the causes and circumstances of this and similar events may be illuminated and understood.” — California state law

Photo credit: The Ansel Adams Manzanar War Relocation Center collection at the U.S. Library of Congress. Information about this collection and other images are available at the U.S. Library of Congress.


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