Every year, CAM supports appropriations in the State budget that benefit California museums. For example, CAM has advocated for increases in funding for the California Arts Council and the California Cultural and Historical Endowment for many years. To learn how you can support increased funding for the California Arts Council, see Californians for the Arts.
In past and current sessions, 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. Two years ago, the Museum Grant Program completed the second of two rounds of funding remaining from Proposition 40. This competitive grant program funded small capital projects in art, history, and science museums of varying sizes. Now that the balance from Proposition 40 has been exhausted, proceeds from the Snoopy Special Interest License Plate will fund the program in future years. This is currently estimated to be a cumulative total of $1 million by Spring 2020.
On June 25, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a state budget emergency, citing California's $54.3 billion budget deficit. This proclamation allows state lawmakers to pass legislation that would draw money from the state’s rainy day fund and to move forward on a budget deal.
On June 22, 2020, the Governor and the Legislature came to a budget agreement. The FY 2020-21 budget deal includes the following museum-related appropriations:
California Cultural and Historical Endowment: $1 million has been appropriated for the Museum Grant Program, utilizing funds from the sales of the Snoopy license plate. There is provisional language that prioritizes museums severely affected by COVID-19 and that serve historically underserved communities and/or students subject to Title I of the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
California Arts Council: The budget includes baseline funding for the agency but withdraws the Governor’s January proposal that would have provided $10.5 million in additional one-time funding.
California State Library: The budget provides $3.6 million federal CARES Act funding to assist library entities, museums, and tribal partners in expanding digital inclusion, access, and related technical support in under-served, low-income communities.
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