California Civil Liberties

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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.


Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Nonprofits with headquarters outside California must have satellite offices within the state. Applicants may have nonprofit fiscal sponsors.

Eligible Geographies:

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.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
May-June 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Summer 2022-6/2023

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
$50,000 – $125,000
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

California established the California Civil Liberties program in 1998, and State General Fund funding continued until 2011. Funding continued again in 2016. The program was not funded in June 2020 due to concerns about the pandemic. In June 2021, $5 million in program funds was approved for three years to June 30, 2024, with programming to June 30, 2026. The State Library expects to fund approximately $1.25 million in grants in summer 2022.

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advance(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Applicants may request funding in two categories -- full-scale Education, Preservation, Public Media, and Museum projects may request up to $125,000. Community Projects (smaller or localized projects in the previous categories or a variety of arts and humanities categories) have a maximum request of $50,000.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.