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Grants of up to $75,000 are available to USA state and local agencies, non-profits, universities, libraries, museum, and other organizations that offer humanities programs to the public. Funds can be used for planning humanities based initiatives such as exhibitions, book or film discussions, history presentations, and more. Humanities projects tailored to particular groups — such as families, youth, teachers, at-risk communities, and veterans — are welcome.
Planning grants support the early stages of project development, including consultation with scholars, refinement of humanities themes, preliminary design, testing, and audience evaluation. Early audience evaluation is encouraged but not required. Evaluation could include testing of the project’s concept, approach, and key components.
Grants support the following formats:
* Exhibitions at museums, libraries, and other venues
* Interpretations of historic places, sites, or regions
* Book/film discussion programs; living history presentations; other face-to-face programs at libraries, community centers, and other public venues
* Build on sound humanities scholarship;
* Deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions;
* Involve a team of humanities scholars in all phases of development and implementation;
* Appeal to broad audiences;
* Approach a subject analytically and interpretively through an appropriate variety of perspectives; and
* Encourage dialogue and discussion.
Planning grants may be used for
* Meetings with scholars and other content advisers, program partners, and audience representatives;
* Preliminary audience evaluation;
* Travel to archives, collections, sites, or other resources;
* Drafting of text for program or discussion guides, exhibition labels, brochures, digital assets, publications, or other interpretive materials;
* Preliminary design for any of the interpretive formats to be used;
* Planning for public programs and publicity materials;
* Planning for training for docents, discussion coordinators, or other relevant interpretive leaders for the project; and
* Development of curriculum guides and other materials for teachers and students.
Estimated Size of Grant:
12 months - for projects beginning April 2015
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.