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Grants to Texas Nonprofits and Agencies
for Humanities Programs and Projects

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Humanities Texas

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Deadline Date:

03/15/21 Postmarked by midnight for Major grants. Mini-grants are ongoing.


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and government entities to provide a large range of public projects and programs that focus on the humanities. Certain applicants are required to submit an LOI prior to a full grant application. Funding is intended exclusively for the creation of extra-curricular programming.

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. 

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

Grant Formats:

  • Mini-grants - These small grants—which are easy to apply for and administer, and are available on a rolling basis throughout the year—are particularly appropriate for funding a speaker and/or the rental of a traveling exhibition, including those provided by Humanities Texas. In the current crisis, as Texas communities continue to practice physical distancing, Humanities Texas is eager to support projects that use the humanities to connect people, either through the use of digital technologies or by connecting people without access to digital tools.
  • Major grants for community projects - Major grants for community projects fund comprehensive public programs such as lectures, seminars, and conferences; book and film discussions; interpretive exhibitions and materials; town forums and civic discussions; and teacher workshops. Programs should reflect substantial participation by both humanities scholars and members of the target audience(s).
  • Major grants for media projects - Major grants for media projects fund film, radio, television, or interactive programming related to the humanities. 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 scholars should play an integral role in determining the content and approach of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 154116

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini-grants: up to $1,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Nonprofit organizations and state and local governmental entities are eligible to receive Humanities Texas support.
- 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.
- For examples of past grant recipients, see:

The following projects are not eligible for funding:
- Projects not grounded in the humanities.
- Projects proposed by individuals rather than non-profit 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

Humanities Texas cannot provide financial support for:
- Indirect costs (overhead)
- Institutional staffing (including the Project Director, Authorizing Official, the Fiscal Agent, or support staff)
- 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 programs)
- 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:

- Mini-grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis, but applications must be received at least six weeks before project promotion begins. Decisions are made within ten business days of an application’s arrival in the Humanities Texas office.
- Before submitting a mini-grant application for a Humanities Texas exhibition rental, please complete the online rental form.
- Mail Mini-grant applications (postmarked by application deadline).

Major grants:
Major grant applications are accepted twice each year. The spring deadline is March 15; the fall deadline is September 15. 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.
- Major grant applications may be submitted via post (postmarked by application deadline) or emailed (received by midnight of the application deadline).

Major grants timeline:
LOI/draft application due: February 15 (spring cycle), August 15 (fall cycle)
Application deadline: March 15 (spring cycle), September 15 (fall cycle)
Decision date: June 1 (spring cycle), December 1 (fall cycle)
Project start date: July 1 (spring cycle), January 1 (fall cycle)

- Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Humanities Texas prior to submitting an application.
- Grantees are required to have a DUNS number. Applicants are encouraged to also be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM).
- 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.

Contact Information:

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

Mini-grant online rental form:

Submit grant applications to:

Humanities Texas
1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, TX 78701
Fax: 512.440.0115

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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