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Grants to California Public Agencies, Nonprofits, and Museums for Activities to Enhance Local Museums

Museum Grant Program


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Funding Source
California Natural Resources Agency
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/11/22 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $40,000 to California public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and museums for capital projects, program-related projects to enhance museums. Priority will be given to applicants that have been seriously affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and that serve disadvantaged students or underserved communities.

This program is intended to solicit proposals for program projects, small capital projects, or a combination of program and capital projects that assist and enhance museums that are deeply rooted in, and reflective of, previously underserved communities. 

All projects must support at least one of the following to be eligible: exhibits, educational programs, outreach programs, public programs, curriculum, marketing and collections care, or small capital projects.

A list of eligible projects examples can be found at

For more information on priorities and funding considerations, see

For eligible costs, see


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Public agencies and nonprofit organizations that operate, or own museums located in the State of California may apply.

Public agencies are defined as federal agencies, state agencies, cities, counties, districts, association of governments, joint powers agencies or tribal organizations.

Nonprofit organizations are defined as any nonprofit public benefit corporation that is formed pursuant to the Nonprofit Corporation Law (commencing with Section 500 of the Corporations Code), qualified to do business in California, and qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, that has, among its principal charitable purposes, the preservation of historical or cultural resources for cultural, scientific, historic, educational, recreational, agricultural, or scenic opportunities; and must be registered with the California Secretary of State and California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General.

More eligibility requirements can be found at

For examples of ineligible projects, see

Pre-Proposal Conference
All workshops will be held via webcast, and each workshop will have a limited number of participants. To receive workshop login information, please RSVP in one of three ways:
- February 9, 2022: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
- February 10, 2022: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
- February 15, 2022: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
- February 16, 2022: 1:00 PM-3:00 PM
- February 17, 2022: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

Phone: (916) 653-2812

Pre-Application Information
The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the California Museum Grant Program from January 28th, 2022 to March 11th, 2022 via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR).

This grant program includes a progressive, three-step evaluation process:
1. Proposal
2. Field Visit
3. Supporting Documents

Once Step 3 evaluations have been completed, recommendations for funding are submitted to the CCHE Board. Upon approval by the CCHE Board, grant awards are announced.

Nonprofit organizations are not required to provide a match. Matching funds are required for public agencies in an amount not less than 5% of the requested grant amount. However, public agencies directly serving an underserved community, and with compelling circumstances, may ask the State to consider approving a lower match.

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant
Grant proposal requests must be between $50,000 and $500,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

For general project evaluation process questions, contact the California Natural Resources Agency at:
Phone: (916) 653-2812

California Natural Resources Agency
715 P Street, 20th Floor
Sacramento, CA 95814

(916) 653-5656
(916) 653-8102 fax

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