California Cultural and Historical Endowment
The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (the Endowment) was established at the California State Library in 2003 when then-Governor Gray Davis signed AB 716 (Firebaugh) (PDF) | (HTML) The Legislature intended the CCHE to raise the profile and scope of California's historic and cultural preservation program in an era of cultural homogeneity and dwindling historic structures. CCHE grants have helped to preserve the many historic treasures that are California's cultural legacy. These sparkling jewels belong to all of us collectively and convey important lessons about opportunity, hardship, innovation, injustice, perseverance, and redemption. Peer inside the CCHE jewel box at www.californiastreasures.org and discover the hidden gems of California's past, now preserved for generations to come.
In 2011, the CCHE published Preserving California's Treasures to showcase the 180 capital projects and planning grants funded by the CCHE. CCHE no longer has any copies of the first printing available to sell directly, but a limited number of copies are available at two retail outlets: The Pasadena Museum of History and The San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation. To purchase a copy from the Pasadena Museum of History, call (626) 577-1660. To purchase a copy from the San Diego County Department of Parks and Recreation, call (858) 966-1308. CCHE is working to produce a second run of the publication due to the demand.
Since 2010, CCHE has been collaborating with leaders from several statewide preservation organizations and has played a central role in the development of an ongoing program called Landmarks California: the Places of our Diverse Histories and Cultures.
Julia Morgan 2012 is the pilot project of Landmarks California and over 20 organizations are expected to participate in the six-week statewide festival honoring Julia Morgan which started on October 1, 2012.
The Landmarks California program is intended to demonstrate the many positive outcomes of historic preservation: environmental and financial sustainability, a means of telling the many stories that comprise California's diverse history, and a social fabric strengthened by a sense of pride and belonging to the community. This ongoing program will continue to advance the CCHE's goal of strengthening and deepening Californians' understanding of California's history, its present society and themselves, with the end goal of better communities and neighborhoods. Visit www.landmarkscalifornia.org for more project details.
Funding for CCHE projects comes from voter-approved bonds from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002, more commonly known as Proposition 40 (PDF) l (HTML). Proposition 40 authorized the sale of $2.6 billion in General Obligation bonds. Of that dollar amount, $267.5 million – 10% — was dedicated to Historical and Cultural Resources Preservation (Proposition 40, Article 5, Section 5096.652 (a)). Of the $267.5 million, approximately $122 million was appropriated to the Endowment to distribute competitively to government entities, non-profit organizations, and Indian tribes for the acquisition, restoration, preservation, and interpretation of historical and cultural resources.
- Julia Morgan 2012
- Cultural Survey Update
- California Cultural and Historical Endowment Projects
- Take a look at the sample of our published book – Preserving California's Treasures
- Grant Application Information
- The California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board
- Board Meeting Calendar, Agendas, and Minutes
- California Form 801-Gift to Agency Report
The Endowment: the Smithsonian Institution of California?