Keynote Speaker

California State History/Cultural Grant Funding

We're not just talking Peanuts here!


This year's Annual Meeting will feature keynote speaker Craig Zeff, Grants Administrator for the California Natural Resources Agency. 2015 was the first year that the Snoopy license plate grant program- in partnership with the California Association of Museums- accepted applications for the nearly $1.5 million allotted to support small capital projects in museums and historical societies. Museums located in the State of California were invited to apply if they were either a public agency or a non-profit organization focused on preservation of historic or cultural resources. 

Craig has an extensive background reviewing applications in a variety of settings. He has worked for the State of California for the last 8 years developing and managing a number of bond funded programs. Prior to working for the State, he worked at the UC Davis Undergraduate Admissions department where he managed the selection process and oversaw 64 reader evaluators. Craig holds an Environmental Science degree from Washington University in St. Louis and an MBA from the Atkinson Graduate School of Management at Willamette University. Craig enjoys getting out into nature for hiking and fishing, playing basketball, and walking his dog Fox.

Craig will give an overview of the California Museum Program (where it's at in terms of funding - year 2 of residual Prop 40 funds and then Snoopy license plate sales funding the future rounds), and then go into specifics regarding what they are looking for in grant application proposals. What makes a clear proposal, what should folks be thinking about now, common pitfalls, etc. 

Craig will be taking questions, so get them ready!