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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 15



Meeting Date: June 12, 2007

Subject/Title: Adopt a Resolution authorizing acceptance of a California Story Fund grant from the California Council for the Humanities for the 2007 exhibition titled: Shifting Perceptions on the Urban Edge: Putting a Face on Farming in Brentwood

Prepared by: Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation




RECOMMENDATION
Adopt a Resolution authorizing acceptance of a California Story Fund grant in the amount of $7,500 from the California Council for the Humanities for the 2007 exhibition titled: Shifting Perceptions on the Urban Edge: Putting a Face on Farming in Brentwood

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
The California Council for the Humanities’ California Story Fund is a multi-year initiative designed to connect Californians and foster understanding by uncovering personal and community stories that, once gathered and woven together, tell the story of today's California. The California Stories Project is a small grants program to fund unique story projects in communities throughout the state.

Staff recommends acceptance of funds for Shifting Perceptions on the Urban Edge: Putting a Face on Farming in Brentwood in the amount of $7,500. The project is a partnership between the Brentwood Arts Commission and the East County Historical Society. It includes the following: interviews with a variety of Brentwood Farmers in various stages of farming and property development, photographs of the farmers interviewed, and educational support materials in English and Spanish. The project will culminate in an exhibition and mini-symposium at the Brentwood Education and Technology Center from November 5, 2007 – January 25, 2008. The opening reception will be on Wednesday, November 7, 2007. The exhibition will consist of framed photographs representing the farmers and/or their family and land. There will be mounted narratives extrapolated from the interviews. The interviews will be conducted by Gail Wadsworth, who has worked in agricultural development for small farmers all over the world. Most recently Ms. Wadsworth has interviewed close to 50 farmers and agricultural professionals for a regional marketing project in Contra Costa County. The photographs will be taken by Doreen Forlow, a photographer and a life-long Brentwood resident.

FISCAL IMPACT
The estimated cost for this project is $17,100. This includes the $7,500 California Council for the Humanities grant which will be used for a photographer, interviewer and supplies and materials. The City of Brentwood’s matching portion of the grant is $9,600. This matching portion is $9,100 of in-kind services of Arts Manager time spent on the project as well as donated services for the farmer’s time for interviews and photography sessions. Included in the FY 2007/08 proposed budget is $500 in costs for the curator.

Attachments:
Resolution
Grant Narrative
Grant Budget
Grant Guidelines



RESOLUTION NO.



A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING ACCEPTANCE OF A GRANT FROM THE CALIFORNIA COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES FOR 2007 EXHIBITION TITLED: SHIFTING PERCEPTIONS ON THE URBAN EDGE: PUTTING A FACE ON FARMING IN BRENTWOOD

WHEREAS, the grant will provide funds to allow an artistic perspective on farming in Brentwood; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood has requested funds from California Council for the Humanities, California Stories program grant for the amount of $7,500; and

WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood has been awarded $7,500 in grant funds from the California Council for the Humanities; and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the City Council of the City of Brentwood hereby authorizes the acceptance of $7,500 in grant funds from the California Story Fund grant from the California Council for the Humanities for the 2007 exhibition titled: Shifting Perceptions on the Urban Edge: Putting a Face on Farming in Brentwood

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 12th day of June 2007, by the following vote:


AYES: Councilmembers
NOES:
ABSENT:
_____________________________
Robert Taylor
Mayor

ATTEST:

__________________________________
Margaret Wimberly, CMC
City Clerk

Shifting Perceptions on the Urban Edge:
Putting a Face on Farming in Brentwood

1. A Community of Family Farmers
While the challenges of community development and economic revitalization have been well-documented in urban communities, the challenges of addressing the unique and complex effects of community development in urban edge communities where suburban expansion meets rural communities – such as the area this project will address – is less well-known. The area surrounding the city of Brentwood, California (in Contra Costa County) is rapidly suburbanizing – in the past 14 years the population of this area has grown from 7,500 to 47,000 persons, making it one of the fastest growing cities in California. By 2015 the population is projected to reach 80,000.
Contrary to popular sentiment, this development at the urban edge in Contra Costa County is not happening in a vacant area, making use of unused land. Rather, it is occurring at the center of an agricultural community that has existed for over 180 years. This is fundamentally changing the nature of that community. The concentration of the new population base in certain high-density areas is leading to the creation of a segregated community in which residents of different ethnic, social and economic strata are physically and emotionally isolated from one another. The change in the size and make up of the area’s population clearly defines it as a “shifting sands community” although the rapid pace of the change often makes it feel as though it is more a “sandstorm community.”
The members of the old rural community feel displaced by the newcomers and the newcomers, who often come from agricultural communities in other parts of the country, crave a sense of roots and belonging. There is a fundamental disconnect between these groups. We will focus our project on the farm families in the Brentwood region of Contra Costa County. We will tell their stories. We will put a face on farming in this rapidly developing region, if for no other purpose than to document its existence before it disappears.
We would like to tell the stories of approximately 30 family farmers in the Brentwood region of Contra Costa County. They are diverse in age, ethnicity and culture but share the experience of living on the edge of a rapidly developing city. They grow diverse crops but share values and a vision for the future of agriculture in the region. They want to succeed and survive, they want their children, grandchildren and neighbors to be able to experience the taste of tree ripened fruit and see orchards and corn fields in bloom and tassel.
We hope to share the stories of people like the third-generation farm couple who live on 2 acres of walnut trees now surrounded on all sides by suburban homes. They lost their family’s dairy operation in the 70’s and were forced off their land with no more than what would fit in their car. They were able to eventually buy more land and plant their orchards only to be told years later that their property had been re-zoned for a housing development. We would like to gather and present the stories of these diverse and silent farmers and their families.
We will collect oral histories through personal interviews with farmers and their families. We will engage a professional photographer to take portraits of the farmers to accompany the stories in an inaugural exhibition at the gallery at Brentwood Business and Technology Center, 101-B Sand Creek Road, Brentwood, CA 94513. At the exhibition opening, we will feature a panel of



farmers to share their motivation for being involved in this project and their views on the current state of regional agriculture, visions for the future, changes in the community over time and the relationship of the farming community to newcomers in the community.

2. Gaining Support in the Suburbs
This proposal seeks to launch a process of developing a connection between disparate members of the community in this rapidly changing and diversifying region to provide in effect, shelter from the storm. It seeks to bring together the old and the new, the impoverished and the wealthy, the agricultural and the urban, the long-term resident and the new neighbor, in an event that will demand interaction. It seeks to build a sense of common identification and pride for all those who call the Brentwood area home. Through the collection and presentation of the unique stories of the farmers of the region, and the discussions that accompany exhibition openings, the photos and stories of local farm families will also help to nurture additional community connections.

The farmer panel at the culminating event will consist of:
• New generation growers: Those growers who are not from farming families
• Third or fourth generation growers: Those who have lived in the community all their lives and are from farming families.
• Trans-generational growers: Farmers and their children who work together on farming operations
• Future generation growers: Farmers with younger children who they hope will take over operations in the future

The photo and story exhibition will be shown in English with Spanish translations of all stories available for viewers at the galleries. East Contra Costa Historical Society will provide contextual materials for the exhibition, including written historical context and historical farm implements for visual impact. At the end of this inaugural exhibition, the materials will be housed at the East Contra Costa Historical Society, Nail House Museum and Resource Room at 3890 Sellers Avenue, Brentwood, CA 94513.
We will supply “guest books” positioned throughout the exhibition with space for observations. We will provide directed commenting in some of the books with requests from viewers to comment on specific stories or describe a similar family memory. We will encourage these remarks as a way to assist us in evaluation of the project and to gain insight into the perspectives of viewers.

The intended audience for this exhibition is the non-farm base of citizens in Contra Costa County. This is the majority of suburban residents in the county of approximately 1 million persons. This exhibition has the potential to travel. We will pursue partnerships with other galleries in the county and organizations interested in sponsoring an exhibition of these materials. Specifically we will seek to place the exhibition at the AC5 Gallery in Martinez and the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek.
We are hoping to involve health care facilities in the display of these stories and photos in connection with their efforts to educate their staff and patients about local food and healthy eating. Kaiser Permanente has expressed an interest in participating in this education. Many residents of the San Francisco Bay Area are unaware that there are farm families living so close to them. In addition, they are unaware of the history of these families and the pressures these family farmers are facing.

3. Outreach will consist of:
 Distribution of 3,000 post cards inviting guests to the opening at Brentwood’s Tech Center Gallery in September 2007.
 Coverage of events in the local press.
 Feature articles with some of the stories and photos of local farmers in regional magazines such as Diablo Magazine, Black Diamond Living and 110ο Magazine.
 Outreach to members of local governmental agencies such as the California and Contra Costa Departments of Agriculture, Contra Costa County, City of Brentwood and others.
 Targeted outreach to local farm families and farm workers and their families.
 Outreach to members of the health community. We currently are engaged in discussion with Kaiser Permanente Food Policy Committee, and local public health clinics who are working to encourage consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. There is some interest in exhibiting the stories and photos at hospitals and clinics in the region.
 Outreach through agricultural organizations like the Brentwood Agricultural Land Trust, the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, Ecological Farming Association, Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE) and the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture.
 We will engage farmers and a panel moderator at the culminating event who will draw interested members of the agricultural and arts communities, as well as other local residents.

4. Outcomes
Our project aims to:
 Give a voice to family farmers in Contra Costa County.
 Raise awareness among the non-farming community about neighboring farmers and the farming culture in the County.
 Initiate dialogue in the community with about stories, histories, and future.
 Put a face on farming in the region so that non-farm families develop an emotional connection with their farming neighbors.
We will measure success by:
 Willingness of farmers to participate.
 Attendance at the opening events and throughout the shows at major venues.
 Feedback to farmers from members of the community.
 Comments from “guest book” entries.
 Media coverage of the events and individual stories.

We will be successful if local farmers take pride in their history and the local community values its agricultural heritage enough to support it. We expect organizations and agencies will request to sponsor a showing or utilize the stories and photos for outreach and promotion of the region’s unique agricultural heritage. We will be successful if local non-farming residents take time to find out more about the region’s agriculture through local resources like BALT, the East Contra Costa Historical Society and Museum, Old Borges Ranch and Shadelands Museum. We will be successful if non-farm residents of Contra Costa County take time to visit local farm stands and the farmers’ markets and a sense of tolerance and mutual respect takes hold between farming and non-farming neighbors on the roads and in our backyards. We believe the impact will be measured in ways beyond goodwill and local farmers will find support in the marketplace.

5. Project personnel
Rebekah Burr-Siegel, Arts Manager
City of Brentwood
708 Third St., Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5376
rburr-siegel@ci.brentwood.ca.us
As the Arts Manager for the City of Brentwood, Rebekah’s responsibilities include overall administration and implementation of the City’s Arts Division including development of cultural arts objectives and design and implementation of supporting programs, processes, policies, and procedures to successfully achieve those objectives. The City’s Arts Division includes cultural arts programs (visual, performing, and literary arts), percent for art program, and the Brentwood Arts Commission. In 2007 Burr-Siegel will help the City in developing and implementing the City’s first community cultural arts master plan.
Prior to her work with the City of Brentwood, Burr-Siegel was an Art Administrator in two other California cities, developing their first cultural arts policies and programs as well as beginning percent for art programs. Prior to her work with municipalities, she was the Gallery Director and Adjunct Faculty at CSU Stanislaus teaching Museum and Gallery Management and Pre-Columbian Art History.
Burr-Siegel has an AA in studio art, a BA with honors in Art History and a MA in Museum Studies with an emphasis on curation. She has several publications to her credit including “Valley Grown: Visions and Voices from the Central Valley” and “Robert Cremean: the Christopher Whitby Coloring Book”.

Kathy Leighton, Humanities Expert
East Contra Costa Historical Society
PO Box 52, Byron, CA 94514
leightonconst@aol.com ; 925-634-0917
Kathy Leighton is Byron's local historian and author of several books on East Contra Costa County, including East Contra Costa County: Footprints in the Sand. (Ann Arbor, Michigan: Sheridan Books, Inc., 2001) Kathy is a native to the area and still lives in the home in which she grew up. The quiet life of the East County Leighton knew in her childhood still exists, but it's fading. In the last decade, populations in East County towns have increased ten- and twenty-fold, representing some of the largest suburban growth in California. Roads around Byron are perpetually under construction and if that doesn't slow your commute, as a testament to the old country's ways, it's still possible to get stuck behind Uncle Joe's tractor hauling hay to old man Riker's barn. Kathy is Vice President of the East Contra Costa Historical Society and has served this organization for 20 years. She was named Woman of the Year in 2001 for State Assembly District 11 and has served on the Byron Municipal Advisory Council for 15 years.

Gail Wadsworth, Interviewer
206 Santa Fe Drive, Walnut Creek, CA
gailwads@earthlink.net; 925-952-9643
Gail has worked in agricultural development for small farmers all over the world. Upon returning to California in 2000, she began working to understand the local food system in Contra Costa County. She sat on the Agricultural Enterprise Task Force convened by Senator Tom Torlakson in 2001-2002. In 2001, she founded Eat Outside the Box, a community supported agriculture project in Walnut Creek supporting three family farmers in Brentwood by directly marketing their produce to 30 families in a nearby urban area. Gail has worked with small family farmers and farmer groups to assist them in marketing their products in the Bay Area. Most recently Gail has interviewed close to 50 farmers and agricultural professionals for a regional marketing project in Contra Costa County. These interviews and associated exercises have helped the farmers articulate a set of shared values and a vision for their endeavors.
Gail now works as an independent consultant to farmers, consumers, educators, and wholesalers concerned with alternatives to the current food system. Gail is a frequent presenter at professional seminars and learning communities, specifically focusing on agricultural trends in the East Bay region of California, the effects of global markets on local economies and alternative marketing systems. She has a Master of Science degree in International Agricultural Development from UC, Davis, and has managed large scale on-farm trials as well as projects with limited resource farmers.

Doreen Forlow, Photographer
Brentwood, CA 94513
925-516-4073, 925-813-1936
Doreen was born and raised in Brentwood. She learned photography in high school working on the yearbook staff. For over 40 years, she has pursued this mode of artistic expression. Doreen has a bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State University and a Masters of Education from St Mary’s College, Moraga, in special education. She has taught special education in Brentwood for over 20 years, specializing in school to work transition.
Doreen lived in New Mexico for 10 years on the Navajo reservation. During this time, her love of photography was rekindled. She worked as a free lance photographer for New Mexico Magazine, Navajo Nation Magazine and the New Mexico Visitors Guide. Doreen continues to pursue her own photographic interests as well as working on commission. She is a past member of the Brentwood Arts Commission. She had a one woman private showing at Hewlett Packard in Palo Alto. She is a member of the Old School Gallery, Ramah, New Mexico. Doreen tries to look at ordinary things from a different point of view. In fact she had a show entitled “A Different Look at the Same Old Thing.” Doreen has done dynamic portraits of Native Americans in action at traditional dances and rodeos. She is excited to be able to showcase farmers from her home town through this project.

6. Sponsoring organization
The mission of the Brentwood Arts Commission is "to encourage, stimulate, promote and foster programs for the cultural enrichment of the City, and to contribute to the quality of life in Brentwood and develop an awareness in the business community, in local government and in the general public of the value of arts in Brentwood. The Brentwood Arts Commission is working towards fulfilling part of its Mission through this proposed work. In addition, by outreaching to the local rural farming community, the Arts Commission will be increasing the awareness of the cultural arts in general and specifically in photography and historical exhibitions. Using the arts to provide a voice for local farming families is a unique way to express their stories. This agricultural focus also provides an opportunity for the Arts Commission to reach out to the Latino community in our area and allows us to begin incorporating more diverse programming and increasing accessibility to the arts.

Brentwood Arts Commission Belief Statement: We believe the arts can reveal the essence of Brentwood and create an environment that blends the tranquility of nature with the intellectual and sensual joys of the arts, bringing together the community that is Brentwood. The arts are a legacy of assets both personal and public for our City.

7. Timeline
Activity Jan
2007 Feb
2007 Mar
2007 Apr
2007 May
2007 June
2007 July
2007 Aug 2007 Sept.
2007 Oct.
2007 Nov.
2007 Dec.
2007
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Task 4
Task 5
Task 6
Task 7
Task 8
Task 1: Plan schedule for interviewer and photographer. Work with humanities expert to choose farm families for interview.
Task 2: Obtain agreement from farmers and families
Task 3: Schedule meetings, approximately 5 per month
Task 4: Collect photos and stories
Task 5: Preparation of photos and stories in format for exhibit, creation of contextual materials
Task 6: Mount exhibit
Task 7: Final preparations for opening at Brentwood Education and Technology Center Gallery
Task 8: Opening and event: November 5, 2007 through January 25, 2008

We are planning on exhibiting the photos and stories in at least one other local gallery and hosting an interactive event or symposium at the opening. However, this work would continue beyond the limits of the funding for which we are applying. The galleries under consideration are the AC5 Gallery at the Martinez Courthouse and the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek. With support from Kaiser Permanente, we will exhibit the photos and stories in spaces at their Northern California Medical Centers and office buildings. We are also in discussion with the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA) in the Ferry Building in San Francisco about a possible exhibit at that facility.


California Story Fund
Full Project Budget and Narrative


CCH
MATCH
cash/in-kind TOTAL
1. Personnel
Salaries and Benefits
(itemize):



Humanities Expert

1000
1000
Program Manager

1000
1000
Admin Asst

500
500




Subtotal Sal. and Benefits
2500
2500
Professional Fees
(itemize):



Photographer
3500

3500
Interviewer
2000
100
2100
Farmers

2000
2000




Subtotal Professional Fees 5500
2100
7600
Total Personnel 5500
4600
10100
2. Program
Travel


Supplies and materials 500
2000
3500
Equipment


Phone


Postage 500

500
Printing 1000
500
1500
Other
(itemize):



















Total Program 2000
3500
5500
3. Indirect (up to 10%)


GRAND TOTAL: 7500
9600
17100


** Please use the space below to provide narrative explanations for each item you are requesting specifically from CCH, including additional information about staffing, salaries, professional services (including contracts with humanities scholars) and other program costs. Please follow the outline of the budget when preparing the narrative portion.
BUDGET NARRATIVE: Personnel: Professional fees will be paid from grant monies to a photographer and an interviewer. The interviewer's time is estimated at approximately 60 hours at a cost of $35 per hour. The cost for the photographer was quoted as a flat fee for the work and includes matting the photographs.

Matching hours from farmers participating are estimated at approximately $2,000 estimated at $35 per hour for two to three hour interviews. Other matching time for the project includes: Program Manager time at 25 hours, Humanities Expert time at 25 hours,Administrative Assistant time at 30 hours.

Program: Supplies and materials in the grant request include frames for the photos. Postage will be for postcards announcing the exhibits, printing costs will cover these same postcards.

Matching includes:
Printing of materials for the exhibit in addition to the postcards, Supplies and materials include all of the materials necessary to mount the photography exhibit with the stories such as hanging supplies, additional frames, didactics, handouts, comment books,etc. and donations of food and drinks for the openings from local farms and wineries.


California Council for the Humanities
GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
California Story Fund Guidelines
Program Overview
The California Story Fund is an on-going grant program of the California Council for the Humanities. The Council will award competitive grants of up to $10,000 twice a year for public humanities programs that bring to light compelling stories from California's diverse communities and provide opportunities for collective reflection and public discussion. We hope that the California Story Fund will encourage Californians from many communities to share their stories thus promoting greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and complexity of our state. Please join us in this effort to enlarge the California story.
Note: Due to the Council's new youth-focused campaign, 'How I See It', the Council is especially interested in projects that will engage California youth in interpreting and reflecting on their experience through humanities-based programming. Organizations serving youth are strongly encouraged to apply. Youth-oriented projects, like all projects for which CSF funding is requested, must conform to the current guidelines to be competitive.
Descriptions of previously funded CSF projects can be viewed at: http://www.calhum.org/programs/story_intro.htm.
What are the project requirements?
CCH invites projects that fit all of the following criteria:
• Address the mission of the California Council for the Humanities: “To foster understanding between people and encourage their engagement in community life through the public use of the humanities.”
• Use grant funds to identify or collect stories from community members, present and communicate the stories to the general public, and foster public discussion of the meaning and significance of the stories.
• One or more of the following formats may be used to present and communicate these stories: photography and interpretive exhibit, radio documentary, digital media, dramatic presentation, interpretive artwork, poetry readings, storytelling events, film festivals, and community conferences. Other formats may be eligible: check with a CCH program manager.
• Host a community discussion component that engages people in discussion of the stories and their relevance to the community as part of your program.
• Involve at least one humanities expert (in addition to the project director) in the design and implementation of the project (see FAQ).
• Produce photos, transcripts of stories, or audio and video recordings that can be archived and made available to the general public. (2 to 6 of the most compelling stories and images must be submitted to CCH upon completion of the project).
• Have a total budget of no more than $50,000.
• Project activities funded by CCH must not start before October 1, 2007, for proposals submitted for the July 2, 2007 deadline. All project activities must be completed by November 1, 2009, and a final report submitted no later than December 15, 2009.
• Culminating events should be free and open to participation by the general public (see FAQ).
• Include plans for assessing project outcomes.
• Note: Organizations or project directors with open CCH Story Fund grants are NOT eligible to apply. Please see FAQ for details.
FUNDS MAY NOT BE USED FOR:
• Projects that are looking to tell institutional histories.
• Projects that advocate on behalf of a cause.
• Projects that are promotional pieces.
• Film/Video and Radio Projects that will require more than $50,000 to produce.
For more information
We recommend that you contact the programs manager at the CCH office nearest you to discuss your project or clarify any questions you may have about the process.
San Francisco Bay Area
Ralph Lewin
Associate Executive Director
415/391-1474, ext. 305
rlewin@calhum.org
Central Valley and North Coast
Raeshma Razvi
Programs Manager
415/391-1474, ext. 316
rrazvi@calhum.org
Los Angeles Area and Central Coast
Felicia Kelley
Senior Programs Manager
213/623-5993
fkelley@calhum.org
San Diego, Imperial County and Inland Empire
Amy Rouillard
Senior Programs Manager
619/232-4020
AmyR@calhum.org
Proposal Narrative
1. Program description (suggested length, 2 pages).
o Provide an overall description of your project.
o Tell us why this project is important.
o Describe the community in which this project takes place.
o Tell us whose stories will be told and/or interpreted.
o Describe the methods and process you will use to identify, select and present the stories.
o Explain how the humanities expert will play a role in the project.
o If working with youth, describe your organization’s prior experience in youth programming.
o Tell us which language(s) will the program be offered in.
2. Culminating event (suggested length, half a page)
o Please provide a detailed description of your culminating event. Describe how your event will include a public discussion of the stories’ meaning and significance that will invite community reflection and discussion.
o Provide us with the tentative date and venue for your event.
3. Audience and outreach (suggested length, half a page).
o Describe the anticipated audience (size and demographic characteristics)
o Outline your publicity and outreach plan for securing this audience.
4. Outcomes (suggested length, half a page).
o Tell us what you hope to accomplish.
o Describe how you will archive any stories your project will collect and how any project-produced materials will be made accessible to the public after the end of the project.
o Describe your plan to evaluate your program.
5. Project personnel (suggested length, 1 page).
o Tell us who will be directing the project.
o Please provide short bios for the humanities expert, project director and project staff. Please include full contact information (phone number, e-mail, and address). Include in the bios, background information about each person’s expertise. Please note: Project personnel must have the technical expertise required by the project (radio/video production, photo documentation, exhibit design, etc.). Humanities scholar expertise must also be relevant to the project.
o Be sure to briefly explain each person’s role in the project.
6. Sponsoring organization (suggested length, half a page).
o Please provide a description of the sponsoring organization.
o Describe the sponsoring organization’s role in the project.
o Describe how the project director and sponsoring organization will work together to administer the project.
7. Timeline (suggested length, one-half to 1 page).
Provide a detailed description of your monthly activities, from planning to completion, including a tentative schedule of events. Keep in mind that CCH funds cannot be used for expenses that have been incurred prior to funding notification (funding cannot be applied retroactively).
8. Full Project Budget and Budget Narrative.
o Each project may request up to $10,000 in outright funds. The grant request should be matched by at least an equivalent amount of cash or in-kind contributions from local sources (see FAQ). Funds from NEH, NEA, state humanities councils, or other federally assisted programs cannot be applied towards your required match.
Please download and use the CCH full project budget form. The budget should reflect all eligible expenses associated with the project, including those to be supported by CCH grant funds as well as local in-kind or cash matching funds (see FAQ). You should also provide a narrative explanation of each item you are requesting specifically from CCH, including additional information about staffing, salaries, professional services (including contracts with humanities scholars) and other program costs. Please follow the outline of the full project budget form when preparing the narrative portion.
Application Procedure and Deadline
Applications must be submitted before 4 pm on July 2, 2007. Applicants will be notified of receipt of their proposals by e-mail. Awards will be announced within three months of application.
Tips for Preparing Your Proposal
1. Download the CSF FAQ (available on the CCH website). Keep it handy!
2. Download CSF Guidelines (File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat) and Full Project Budget Form (File Format: Microsoft Word document)
3. Prepare your proposal narrative. Make sure to respond to the questions in the order listed. Please use our headings to organize your answers.
4. Complete the Online Grant Application by 4 pm on July 2, 2007 (available on our website on June 1, 2007). Please be prepared to electronically attach and submit the following:
o Proposal Narrative
o CV/Resume for project director
o Full Project Budget Form
5. Allow at LEAST one and a half hours to complete the online grant application.
© 2007 The California Council for the Humanities

 

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