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Grants to Texas Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and IHEs for Public Humanities Programming

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Humanities Texas

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Deadline Date:

09/15/18 Postmarked by Midnight


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Grants to Texas nonprofits, schools, IHEs, and government agencies to support a broad range of humanities projects serving public audiences. The deadline for letters of intent or application drafts is February 15. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

The Humanities Texas Grants Program:

Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Humanities Texas provides financial support to nonprofit organizations and institutions for humanities programs that serve public audiences.

The Humanities:

The humanities include but are not limited to the study of history, literature, modern and classical languages; linguistics; jurisprudence; philosophy; comparative religion; ethics; and the history, criticism, and theory of the arts. Social sciences that employ qualitative approaches such as cultural anthropology, archaeology, and political science are considered part of the humanities, as are interdisciplinary areas such as women’s studies, American studies, and the study of folklore and folklife.

In elementary and secondary education, the humanities are found in social studies and English language-arts courses, as well as in advanced courses in history, literature, foreign languages, art or music history, and related subjects.

Projects may also apply humanities perspectives to current political, social, or economic concerns and issues.

Eligible Projects:

Funded projects take many different forms—lectures, panel discussions, and conferences; teacher institutes and workshops; reading and film discussion groups; site interpretations; the development and fabrication of interpretive exhibits; and the production of films, television and radio programming, and interactive media. However, all funded programs have the following characteristics in common.

-They are firmly grounded in the humanities.
-Humanities scholars play an active role in their conception, design, and execution.
-They are conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry.
-They are directed primarily to the general public, both adults and young people, outside of the regular school or college classroom. Programs targeting special audiences such as K-12 teachers, community college faculty, ethnic and community groups, or professional groups are also welcome.

Types of Major Grants:

-Major grants for community projects fund comprehensive public programs such as lectures, seminars and conferences; book and film discussions; interpretive exhibits and materials; town forums and civic discussions; and teacher workshops.

-Major grants for media projects fund film, radio, or interactive programming. Applicants may request funds for any phase of the project, including scripting, development, production, post- production, and, in some cases, distribution and free public screenings.

Humanities Focus:

All projects funded by Humanities Texas must be grounded in the humanities and incorporate critical reflection, interpretation, and open discussion. In the case of contemporary public issues, sponsors should draw upon the disciplines of the humanities to understand and interpret the specific political, social, cultural, or economic topics under consideration. For example, a program addressing environmental issues might draw from history, literature, ethics, and jurisprudence. Programs dealing with public policy questions and controversial contemporary issues must provide a balance of viewpoints to avoid advocacy and bias.

Public Audiences:

Projects should be directed primarily to the general public, both adults and young people, outside of the regular school or college classroom. Programs targeting special audiences such as K-12 teachers, community college faculty, ethnic and community groups, and/or professional groups are also welcome. To ensure that a project is pertinent to its target audience, representatives from that audience should play a role in the project’s conception and design.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154116

Term of Contract:

Projects may start January 1 (Fall Cycle) or July 1 (Spring Cycle).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are awarded to not-for-profit educational, cultural, and civic organizations. Sponsors must have, or have applied for, tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service.

Examples of past grant recipients include (but are not limited to):
-Two- and four-year colleges and universities
-Arts and humanities councils and institutes
-Schools and regional service centers
-Churches and religious groups
-State and local governmental entities
-Historical societies
-Public radio stations
-Labor organizations
-Civic and social service organizations
-Chambers of commerce

Ineligible Projects:
-Projects not grounded in the humanities.
-Projects proposed by individuals rather than nonprofit organizations.
-Theatrical performances, art exhibitions, or other presentations in the arts or media, unless their
primary purpose is to provide a focus for humanistic inquiry.
-Courses for academic credit.
-Capital expenditures for significant institutional expenses such as land and buildings.
-Preservation of objects or archival materials, unless directly related to a public program.
-Publications and scholarly research, unless directly related to a public program.
-Projects that advocate a single point of view, ideology, or specific program of social action.
-Projects aimed primarily at audiences outside of Texas.
-Scholarships and fellowships.
-Fundraisers and profit-making projects.

Common reasons for rejecting proposals
-Insufficient humanities content
-Inadequate involvement of humanities scholars
-Inadequate involvement of humanities scholars with specialties that align with the project focus
-Involvement of only “in-House” scholars and experts, particularly in large-Scale programs
-Program not suited to the particular needs of its target audience
-Program lacks balance in its presentation of contemporary public issues
-Inadequate publicity or promotion plans
-budget not justified or not reasonable
-Application incomplete or lacking crucial programmatic details
-Application lists activities and participants yet to be confirmed
-Proposed activities scheduled to occur prior to when grant period can begin

What Humanities Texas cannot provide financial support for:
-Indirect costs (overhead)
-Institutional staffing (including the Project Director, Authorizing Official, the Fiscal Agent, or support
-Food, other than necessary travel expenses for program personnel
-Refreshments or entertainment
-Building construction, restoration, or preservation
-Purchase of buildings or property
-Purchase of significant, expensive permanent equipment. Inexpensive program-Specific equipment
(e.g., digital recorders for an oral history program) is allowable.
-Airfare outside of North America
-Museum acquisitions
-Library acquisitions (except for books and film or print resources used in conjunction with funded
-Books or publications unrelated to Humanities Texas grant projects
-Individual research or writing unless these are integral to programs having a direct public audience
-Creative or performing arts, unless they are used in a supporting role to enhance discussion of issues
-Expenses incurred or paid out before a HTx grant award is made

Pre-Application Information:

Project sponsors must provide at least half of the total cost of any project. To meet this cost-share requirement, the sponsoring organization may contribute 1.) cash and/or 2.) in-kind services and goods, such as the time of volunteers, the time of employees assigned to the project, and use of meeting space.

All organizations are strongly encouraged to contact Humanities Texas grants staff prior to applying for a grant.

Major grant proposals must be postmarked no later than midnight of the application deadline. If the deadline falls on a Sunday, proposals will be accepted with the next day’s postmark.

Fall Cycle:
-Letter of intent/draft application: August 15
-Application Deadline: September 15
-Decision date: December 1
-Project start date: January 1

Spring Cycle:
-Letter of intent/draft application: February 15
-Application Deadline: March 15
-Decision date: June 1
-Project start date: July 1

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Humanities Texas
1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, Texas 78701

P: (512) 440-1991
F: (512) 440-0115

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USA: Texas