Humanities for All

February 2017 for Project Grants; March 2017 for Quick Grants.

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Humanities for All is a new grant program that supports locally-initiated public humanities projects that respond to the needs and interests of Californians, encourage greater public participation in humanities programming, particularly by new and/or underserved audiences, and promotes understanding and empathy among all our state’s peoples in order to cultivate a thriving democracy.

Quick Grants Quick Grants (between $1,000 and $5,000) will be awarded three times a year for small-scale public humanities activities and projects that will take place within a one-year period from the award date. Projects should be grounded in the humanities, show potential to provide high quality humanities learning experiences for participants and audiences, and demonstrate capacity for successful implementation. 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. Any California-based nonprofit organization or non-federal public agency is eligible to apply. Note: A cash or in-kind match of the award is NOT required.

List of Quick Grants

Our next Quick Grants deadline is March 1. View guidelines and informational materials for that round at the links below.

Download Guidelines, Funded Samples, Budget Form, and FAQs

Watch Grant Applicant Webinar

Download Webinar PowerPoint Slides

For more information, contact Associate Program Officer, Erin Menne.


Project Grants Project Grants ($10,00 to $20,000) will be awarded twice a year for larger public humanities projects of up to two-years duration. Appropriate programming formats include but are not limited to interpretive exhibits, community dialogue and discussion series, workshops and participatory activities, presentations and lectures, conversations and forums, and interactive and experiential activities. Eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations and non-federal public agencies. Note: Awards must be matched with an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind resources over the life of the project.

New Project Grant deadline will be August 16, 2017.

New guidelines will be available May 2017

Download Past Guidelines, Timeline, Budget Form, and FAQs For Reference

Grant Application Webinar

For more information, contact Project & Evaluation Director, Felicia Kelley.


Humanities for All Quick Grant
(Next Deadline: March 2017)

Humanities for All Project Grant
(Next Deadline: August 2017)

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