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Grants to California Nonprofits and Public Agencies to Collect and Interpret Local History


Geographic Focus

USA: California

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Community Stories Grant

Cal Humanities

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #167040

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to California nonprofit organizations and local or state public agencies for story-based public humanities projects that collect, preserve, interpret, and share the stories of California 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.

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Application eligibility is limited to California-based nonprofit organizations or local/state public agencies or institutions.

Eligible applicant organizations and project directors must have California tax-exempt organizational status or partner with a California tax-exempt organization that will serve as a fiscal sponsor.

Not Funded:
-Projects that are primarily promotional or celebratory in nature
-Advocacy—projects primarily intended to advance a specific policy or political agenda or to influence legislation
-Academic or scholarly research activities or in-school projects without significant public programming components or benefits to the general public
-Projects primarily intended for academic or other highly specialized audiences
-Projects primarily designed for fundraising or marketing purposes

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants may request up to $10,000, which must be matched by at least an equivalent contribution of non-federal funds, in-kind services and materials, or any combination thereof.

An application webinar may be viewed here:

Start a new application here:

Return to a saved application here:

Applicants are required to submit a sample of relevant recent work which demonstrates the capacity of the project team to successfully complete a project in the proposed medium. Work samples must be received by the deadline.

Grant awards will be announced June 30, 2016.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000.

Term of Contract:

The earliest start date for grant-funded project activities is July 1, 2016.
The latest end date for projects is June 30, 2018.

Contact Information:

Felicia Kelley, Senior Program Officer

Community Stories Grant Program
California Humanities
538 9th Street, Ste. 210
Oakland, CA 94607

RFP & Supporting Documents:

Full Grant Text RFP

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

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