Application Information

The current round for applications is currently closed. We expect applications to be accepted for next round of funding starting in late fall 2019.

Past Grantee List, California Civil Liberties Program 1998-2011

Past projects from the first decade of the program that resulted in books, films, curriculum, etc., have been cataloged at the California State Library. Not every California Civil Liberties Program project resulted in a tangible product that could be included in the California State Library catalog, but we have a comprehensive list below.

California Civil Liberties Public Education Program Grants Fiscal Year 1998-1999 through Fiscal Year 2010-2011 (PDF)

To search for a specific project from the list, enter the project number in the search box next to "Type word or phrase" onthis page of the catalog.

History of the Internment

Black and white photo of pre-school children of Japanese decent in in front of a temporary building at a relocation camp, on the way to their barrack homes from morning class. This War Relocation Authority center at Manzanar was established for evacuees of Japanese ancestry forced to leave their homes during World War II. Photo by Dorothea Lange, courtesy of the National Parks Service.

Prior to World War II, California was home to more Japanese Americans than any other state. On February 19, 1942, just weeks after the United States entered the war, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, giving the Secretary of War the authority “to exclude any and all persons, citizens, and aliens from designated areas in order to provide for security against sabotage and espionage. …” As a result of this executive order, the lives of thousands ofCalifornians were affected.

Over 120,000 U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry and permanent resident aliens from Japan were removed from their homes by the Army and first taken to "assembly centers," which were temporary quarters at racetracks and fairgrounds. They were later taken to "relocation camps," which were bleak barrack camps, mostly in desolate areas of the West. Some families spent years living under these conditions and suffered enormous personal and economic losses.