The California Civil Liberties Program funds projects that educate the public about civil liberties injustices carried out against communities and individuals in the past as well as today. Projects may provide information about civil liberties injustices perpetrated based on an individual's race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation, and the forced internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
The California Civil Liberties program is a competitive grant program supports the creation and dissemination of educational and public awareness resources concerning the history and the lessons of civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices carried out against communities or populations. These include, but are not limited to, civil rights violations or civil liberties injustices that are perpetrated on the basis of an individual’s race, national origin, immigration status, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.
Since the creation of the California Civil Liberties program, artists, writers, public television stations and other non-profit organizations as well as state and local government agencies have undertaken more than 300 projects. These include the creation and broadcast of video, films and audio storytelling (narrative and documentary); books, including graphic novels; live readings; photo collections and exhibits; visual art exhibits; museum displays; arts performances of drama, dance and music; oral histories; document and material preservation; educational guides and curriculum; website tools; essay and literature projects; public art and monuments; and music performances and recordings.
Eligible applicants include nonprofit organizations and local and state government agencies. Grant requests for up to $125,000 can be made for large-scale preservation, public media, education or museum projects. Community projects have a maximum grant request of $50,000. Project activities are to take place between spring 2022 and June 30, 2023.
- Public Agency
Nonprofits with headquarters outside California must have satellite offices within the state. Applicants may have nonprofit fiscal sponsors.
Grants are available for projects throughout California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
While matching funds are not required, the program strongly encourages applicants to have or seek matching funds, including in-kind.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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