Community Initiated Partnership Grants #2


Call #2: For University of California Grant period: May 2020 through June 30, 2021 (close of grant)

Application deadline extended to Monday, February 17, 2020

The UC Critical Mission Studies projects invites proposals from community members or community groups in the state of California engaged in work related to the California missions, including California Indian histories and survivance in relation to the missions and their legacy, and from Mexican or Mexican-American Studies of the missions. New projects in their initial stages during the grant year are preferred, although a new phase of an ongoing or long-term project will be considered. Projects will be funded up to $10,000.

Eligible Recipients:

Any community member, tribal nation, or group in the state of California is eligible to apply. While most funds will be awarded to projects focused on the CA Indian experience, some funds will be allocated to projects investigating other populations or histories.

Application Materials and Process:

The application consists of a (1) cover page with title, list participating individuals and communities, and contact information (2) A one-page single-spaced narrative describing the project, its importance, and the deliverable(s) to be produced during the funding period; and (3) a proposed budget and timeline. Applicants should review the list of research priorities generated by California Indian partners and should communicate with the Coordinating Committee to receive feedback on their proposal while they are drafting it. Please contact the project PIs for assistant developing your proposal.

Other Requirements:

Proposals will incorporate the Critical Mission Studies research protocol located in the tab (menu) above. Please see the posted list of subject areas for research of interest to California Indian tribal nations posted on this website.  Recipients of Critical Mission Studies funding will participate in one or more dissemination activities to raise public and community awareness, a major goal of CMS. Potential dissemination activities include public conferences, workshops, as well as publications. Meaningful collaboration between the UC (faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students or research centers) and California Indian research partners, institutions, or organizations is encouraged. Proposals focused on the experiences of CA Indians require substantial partnership with CA Indian people, institutions, or organizations.

All grant recipients will be required to submit a final report on their project.

Evaluation Criteria:

Does the applicant possess the qualifications to complete the proposed project?

If the project is focused on the experiences of California Indians, does the study involve multiple missions, tribal collaboration, or other type of collaboration?

For projects focused on topics related to the California Indian experience, a letter of support from tribal government will strengthen the application.

Does the project make contributions to the history of the missions, to understanding of the missions today, or to the contemporary/ongoing impacts of the mission system?

Are the timeline and budget realistic?


 Please address questions to Charlene Villaseñor Black, or

 Funded by the University of California Office of the President (UCOP), Critical Mission Studies is a two-year initiative (Jan 2019-June 2021) that seeks a new critical engagement with our state’s history through the lens of the missions, vastly mythologized and profoundly understudied. Through reconsideration of the missions as both physical sites and foci of interpretation, we pursue new research that surfaces both Native and Mexican/Mexican-American voices in the history of California and the US. Reflecting trends in public history over the last decade, our research will foster more complex, multidimensional public engagements with difficult histories. California’s 21 missions are an imperfect, partial, yet essential lens to access California’s various histories and engage in nuanced and frank encounters with the past, particularly with the genocide of California Indians, with UC scholars at the helm, producing data-driven studies.

“Critical Mission Studies at California’s Crossroads,” University of California Multicampus Research Program Initiative (MRPI):