Preservation and Accessibility of California's LGBTQ+ History

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Preservation and Accessibility of California’s LGBTQ+ History Program (LGBTQ+) is a competitive grant program targeted at Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer archives of all sizes for projects that work to preserve and make publicly accessible collections relevant to the LGBTQ+ movement, culture, experience, and/or history in California.


About the LGBTQ+ Program

The State of California has allocated a total of $750,000 toward projects that work to preserve and make publicly accessible Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer archives. This grant program expands a previous LGBTQ preservation program that was funded by the State of California in 2019.

The goal of this program is to preserve and make accessible materials that demonstrate the significant role of LGBTQ+ Californians and the LGBTQ+ movement in this state. By preserving and making these resources available to others, funded projects will help provide a more comprehensive, inclusive view of California's history.

Project Eligibility

·  Collections must be based in California

·  Projects must support the physical and digital preservation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer materials relevant to the LGBTQ+ movement, culture, experience, and/or history in California

·  Projects must include activities that focus on how the public, researchers, and other stakeholders will be educated about and encouraged to access the collection(s).

·  Projects must focus on materials of research value, which can include monographs, serials, manuscripts, archival materials, maps, architectural drawings, sound recordings, photographs, moving images and newspapers. This funding is not for the preservation of works of art on paper, paintings, sculpture or other objects.

·  Projects should be grounded in the principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Expectations of Awardees

Organizations that receive awards are expected to:

·  Support the program goals and adhere to the project’s policies, procedures, and guidelines as established by the California State Library.

·  Complete and submit any requested documents to the California State Library including narrative and financial reports.

·  Regularly monitor program spending to expend grant funds fully. Applicants are asked to only request funds that they will be able to expend fully before March 30, 2024.

·   Maintain records and documents according to the organization’s own auditing requirements (receipts do not needed to be submitted but should be available for review if needed).

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

The Applicant organizations of all different sizes are eligible to apply. Eligible organizations include but are not limited to: public libraries, academic institutions, archives, or libraries, historical societies, archives, museums, museum libraries, local governments, and other not-for-profit organizations. 

Eligible Geographies:

Applicant organizations must be based in California. 

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
February 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
March 31, 2024

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
Expected number of awards 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.
Estimated amount per award 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.
$5,000 – $150,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
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:

Funds were award in Chapter 240 of the California State Budget, Statues of 2021.

Funding Method: 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)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Monica Rivas, 1-916-603-7159,