The program seeks projects that assist the California Cultural and Historical Endowment 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.
Priority funding will be given to museums that have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and that serve underserved communities and/or Title I Students.
Assembly Bill (AB) 716 established the California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) in 2002. Funds for the CCHE came from Proposition 40, the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002. $122 million in grants were distributed competitively to for the acquisition, restoration, preservation, and interpretation of historical and cultural resources.
In 2013, AB 482 (Atkins) authorized the creation of a specified competitive grant program administered by CCHE to support small capital projects in museums.
On September 23, 2018, Senate Bill (SB) 1493 was approved and expanded the museum grant program’s project focus of capital projects to include programming such as exhibits, educational programs, outreach programs, public programs, curriculum, marketing, and collections care in museums.
SB 74 Budget Act of 2020 states that the California Natural Resources Agency shall prioritize the funds for museums severely affected by COVID -19 and that serve historically underserved communities and/or students subject to Title 1 of the Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
This program is intended to solicit proposals for program projects, 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.
In total, between $500,000 and $1.0M will be available for awards during Fiscal Year 20/21 and 21/22. In response to impacts caused by COVID-19, it is anticipated projects will be awarded in two parts – March 2021 and again July 2021.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
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.
Matching Funding Requirement:
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.10 Nonprofit organizations are not required to provide a match.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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