California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE), created by legislation
sponsored by Assembly Member Marco Firebaugh and Senator John Burton in 2002
(AB716), is a new state agency currently housed at the California State
Library. CCHE provides funds to projects of cultural and historical
significance in California.
One of CCHE’s
goals is to fund projects that preserve, document, interpret, or enhance
understanding of threads of California’s story that are absent or
underrepresented in existing historical parks, monuments, museums, and other
funding available in the form of capital assets grants. Its funding source is
from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and
Coastal Projection Fund, commonly known as Proposition 40 funds. Approximately
$122 million will be available for California projects.
is currently reviewing projects of special significance to public
libraries. They are:
and mounting of a mural at the new Santa Monica Public Library. The
2,000-square-foot mural created by Stanton Macdonald-Wright as a Public
Works of Art Project in the mid-1930’s depicts the evolution of the
creative arts and sciences as well as Macdonald-Wright’s passion for
Asian culture and the motion picture industry, and the
of a 2,000-square-foot California Agricultural Worker’s History Center
that will be housed in the new Watsonville City Library to preserve the
history, lives, and contributions of agricultural workers in Pajaro
Valley and throughout California.
first cycle of funding, CCHE received grant application requests from
$25,000-$5 million. As a result of that cycle, the CCHE Board has reserved 33
projects for further consideration, pending staff review and CEQA compliance.
The CCHE Board
has also moved to sponsor three additional cycles of funding to be held over
the next three years. Cycle two, with a budget allocation of $15 million, will
be launched in mid-2005. Cycles three and four, with funding allocations of
$36 million, have anticipated start dates of 2006-2007.
information on CCHE, please feel free to visit their website at http://www.library.ca.gov/cche
or call (916) 651-8223.