Community Stories Grant

The next grant application goes live January 2, 2015 see below for grant guidelines and the application form.

The Search for Equality:

LGBT Stories of Democracy in Action

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The Future of Small Town California

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List of CS Grants    Application Webinar     Sample Proposals

Community Stories (previously the California Story Fund) is a competitive grants program to support story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California communities—past and present. Since 2003, we have awarded over $3 million to over 400 projects through this grant program that seeks to foster greater knowledge, understanding, and empathy among us.

The Community Stories program funds projects that focus on the collection and sharing of real stories of California’s communities. Projects must involve at least one humanities expert as an advisor, use the methods of analysis that inform the humanities as well as community-based research, and produce work that is publicly accessible. Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions. Grant awards range up to $10,000 and a cash or in-kind match is required.

For more information, contact Senior Program Officer Felicia Kelley

More Information on Applying for a Community Stories Grant

PLEASE NOTE: Applications submitted for the August 2014 deadline are undergoing review; awards will be announced in December. The next grant application goes lives January 2, 2015 and closes February 2, 2015.  New guidelines have now been posted.  

Please register for the grantee application webinar for information on application processes:

Webinar: Community Stories Grant Application

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For informational purposes, you may access recordings of previous webinars here:

Webinar: Using Social Media to Enhance your Message

Applicant Webinar

Webinar: "Evaluation 101"




Community Stories Grant
(Deadline: February 2, 2015)