CAM supports appropriations in the State budget that will help California museums serve their communities. For example, CAM has advocated for increases in funding for the California Arts Council and the California Cultural and Historical Endowment. To learn how you can support increased funding for the California Arts Council, see Californians for the Arts.

CAM has taken the lead in advocating for funding CCHE's Museum Grant Program. The purpose of the Museum Grant Program is to assist and enhance the services of California's museums that undertake cultural projects that are deeply rooted in and reflective of underserved communities. This competitive grant program funds small projects in art, history, and science museums of varying sizes. Proceeds from the Snoopy Special Interest License Plate support the grant program.


In early January, Governor Gavin Newsom previewed his 2021-22 State Budget and his plan to help California through the COVID-19 pandemic. The Budget proposes the approval of $575 million for California’s small businesses and nonprofit organizations, including $25 million “for small cultural institutions, such as museums”.

In the weeks since this announcement, CAM has met with budget staff, written a letter to the Chairs of the Senate and Assembly Budget Committees, and provided public comments at hearings. In addition to expressing general support for COVID-19 relief funding for cultural institutions and early action on this much-needed assistance, CAM and other advocates are specifically asking for:

  • increasing the amount to $50 million,
  • making nonprofit, cultural institutions of all sizes eligible, and
  • giving priority to institutions with less access to other relief programs.


We invite your museum to co-sign a letter urging the California Budget Committee Chairs to support $50 million in immediate relief funding for cultural institutions. We are joining with California Arts Advocates to encourage museums, cultural institutions, and service organizations to sign this letter and show broad support from our sector for this budget appropriation.

Click here to read the letter

Click here to sign the letter

Please take this action by EOD Wednesday, February 3, 2021.


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