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Museum Grant Program

Grants to California Public Agencies, Nonprofits, and
Museums for Capital Projects and Program Projects

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State of California - Natural Resources Agency - California Cultural and Historical Endowment

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09/18/20 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $40,000 to California public agencies, nonprofit organizations, and museums for capital projects, program projects, or a combination of the two. 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.

The program seeks projects that assist the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) in supporting and enhancing museums services that recognize the importance of making art, science, history, and culture available to the residents of California, with an emphasis on underserved communities. 

All projects must support the following: exhibits, educational programs, outreach programs, public programs, curriculum, marketing, and collections care, small capital projects, or a combination thereof, in museums.

Projects must meet one of the following priorities:

  1. Superior Programs: Enhancing opportunities for superior museum and cultural program services.
  2. Services to School Pupils: Encouraging museums and cultural programs to provide services to school pupils.
  3. Services to the Public: Collaborative projects and technical assistance to coordinate the work of eligible museums and cultural programs and to enhance the ability of museums and cultural programs to serve the public.
  4. Increased Access: Projects that increase accessibility to museums' and cultural programs' collections and services.

For more information on priorities and funding considerations, see

Applicants must propose a program project or a capital project or a combination of a program project and capital project. For examples, see

For eligible costs, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 158625

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Grant proposal requests must be between $20,000 and $40,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Public agencies and nonprofit organizations, including museums, located in the State of California may apply.

Museums of any size and discipline are eligible to participate but must have been open to the public for at least two years, for a minimum of 120 days per year pre-COVID-19, and have the institutional and financial capacity to complete the project and create the outputs described in their proposal. Each day of Post-COVID-19 online and virtual services available to the public will be considered as an open day.

The applicant must be able to demonstrate adequate charter or enabling authority to carry out the type of project proposed.

Applicants may not apply for funding jointly with other organizations. Only one organization may serve as the entity responsible for the overall project, including the financial, administrative and managerial needs.

The applicant must be free of any legal challenges that could undermine progress on the project. The applicant must be in compliance and good standing on all previously awarded State grants.

For examples of ineligible projects, see

Pre-proposal Conference:

Technical Assistance Workshop Schedule:

- Thursday, August 20, 2020, 9:00-11:00 AM
- Monday, August 31, 2020, 1:00-3:00 PM
- Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 1:00-3:00 PM
- Wednesday, September 2, 2020, 1:00-3:00 PM

All workshops will be held via webcast. Please RSVP in order to receive login information. Each workshop will have a limited number of participants. RSVP one of three ways:
- Online:
- Email:
- Phone: (916) 653-2812

Pre-Application Information:

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Museum Grant Program from August 3rd, 2020 to September 18th, 2020 at 5:00 PM.

With the devastating wildfires across the State, the California Natural Resources Agency has extended the current submission deadline of 5 pm on September 18, 2020, by 2 weeks to 5 pm on October 2, 2020, for those entities impacted by wildfires. Please contact the office to request an extension.

This grant program includes a progressive, three-step evaluation process:
1) Proposal
2) Virtual Field Inspection
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.

Applicants may submit only one application per funding cycle.

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. Nonprofit organizations are not required to provide a match.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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To request an extension due to the impacts of wildfire, please contact the office by email at or by calling 916-653-2812.

For questions call (916) 653-2812 or email

SOAR Help Desk: 916-653-6138 or

California Natural Resources Agency
1416 Ninth Street, Suite 1311
Sacramento, CA 95814

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

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