Preservation and Accessibility of California's LGBTQ+ History 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. The program will award a total of $750,000 in one-time grants for projects from large archival institutions with a global reach, as well as smaller, localized collections, and will allocate funding commensurately. The program aims to preserve materials that demonstrate the significant role of LGBTQ+ Californians and the LGBTQ+ movement in this state. By preserving these resources, funded projects will help provide a more comprehensive, inclusive view of California's history.

To be eligible for funding, applicant organizations must be California-based, of one of the following types:  Public libraries, academic libraries, historical societies, archives,  museums or museum libraries, local governments and other not for profit organizations. The collections to be preserved must be located in California, must relate to California history and culture, and must be accessible to the public. They must also be 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 preservation of works of art on paper, paintings, sculpture or other objects.

Funded projects must be completed by March 31, 2024.

This application is for the 2021-2022 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) grant opportunity, open by invitation only.

Please answer all questions and attach all requested documents. Please review the 2021-2022 ARPA grant application instructions before completing this application.  The 2021-2022 ARPA grant application and application instructions will be provided via email to all eligible applicants.

For any questions relating to the application process, please contact ARPA Coordinator Jen Lemberger at

The report form is due by 5 p.m. PT on Friday, July 31, 2020. Please note that this form is a briefer version of the project's standard reporting forms, edited to take into account work slowdowns in the spring of 2020.

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