California Museum Grant Program

In 2013, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 482, which authorized creation of a specified competitive grant program, to support small capital projects in museums including the acquisition of real property, or construction projects at museum facilities or venues.

The California Museum awards were approved by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment June 10, 2016.   Workshops for the next cycle will begin Spring 2017 with applications likely due September 2017.  To get on the mailing list, please use the link below:

You can click here to sign-up for the Museum Grant Program ListServ and receive updates.

List of Awards from 14-15 Grant Cycle.

The Guidelines include information to assist you in preparing an application for funding. Please be sure to read these Guidelines, Application and Forms in their entirety for important information on project eligibility, evaluation criteria and submission requirements.

For questions on the Museum Grant Program contact the Program Coordinator at (916) 653-2812 or by
email to


Snoopy Dancing MGP Guidelines (PDF / MS Word)
MGP Application and Forms (PDF / MS Word)
Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
MGP Technical Workshop (MS PowerPoint)
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Quick Links

Grant Program Updates and Solicitations

System for Online Application Review (SOAR)

References for Grantees


  • Click here to Sign-up for the CNRA Bonds and Grants ListServ.
  • Click here to Sign-up for the Museum Grant Program ListServ.


  • Polly Escovedo
Program Managers Grant Administrators Grant Coordinators