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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:

09/15/21 Postmarked by midnight for Major grants. Mini-grants are ongoing but applications must be received at least six weeks before project promotion begins.


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Grants to Texas nonprofit organizations and government agencies for public projects and programs related to the humanities. Certain applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support a range of public programs, including lectures, panel discussions, and conferences; teacher institutes; reading- and film-discussion groups; interpretive exhibits; television and radio programming; film production; and interactive multimedia programming.

All funded programs must be firmly grounded in the humanities and directed 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, ethnic and community groups, or professional groups, are also welcome. 

Grant Formats:

  • Mini-grants: - These small grants 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.

For information about the kinds of projects that Humanities Texas funds see

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

For information about ineligible expenses, see:

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants for Humanities Texas major grants are asked to submit EITHER a draft application or a letter of intent at least one month prior to the application deadline.

- Deadline for preliminary materials for fall 2021 major grants: August 16, 2021
- Final postmark deadline for fall 2021 major grants: September 15, 2021
- Mini-grants (ongoing)

Major grant applications are accepted twice each year. The spring deadline is March 15; the fall deadline is September 15. If the deadline falls on a weekend, then the postmark deadline falls on the following Monday.

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.

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. For additional information, see:

Contact Information:

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

Letters may be submitted by mail, fax, or email to:
Grants Review Committee
Humanities Texas
1410 Rio Grande Street
Austin, TX 78701
512.440.0115 (fax)

Direct questions to the email address above or call 512-440-1991.

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