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Community Grant Program

Grants to Guam Nonprofits, Agencies, and Schools for
Humanities Projects Benefitting Public Audiences

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Humanities Guam (HG)

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Deadline Date:

06/15/18 5:00 PM In-Person Delivery; or Postmarked on or before 11:59 PM; Applications for Proposal Planning Grants may be submitted at any time


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Grants to Guam nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, IHEs, and groups for the planning and presentation of humanities activities. First-time applicants must attend the February 24 workshop; registrations are due February 23. Certain grant categories require the submission of a preliminary proposal by April 12. All applicants strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

Community Grant Program:

Working in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, Humanities Guåhan provides financial support to nonprofit organizations, ad hoc groups, and institutions for humanities programs aimed at public audiences.

About the Humanities:

The humanities include but are not limited to the study of history, modern and classical language, literature, law, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, criticism and theory of the arts. Social sciences that use qualitative approaches to understand culture and society, such as anthropology, archeology and political science are also considered part of the humanities. The humanities also include interdisciplinary areas, such as women and gender studies, American studies, ethnic studies, and the study of folklore and folk life. Humanities projects may also apply humanities perspectives to current political, social or economic concerns and issues.

To be considered for Humanities Guåhan support, programs must meet the following guidelines:

Eligible Formats:

Funded projects take many different forms. Eligible formats for programs may include, but are not limited to: public forums—lectures, seminars, conferences, workshops, film or book discussion series, and panel discussions; the development and production of interpretive exhibits, permanent and traveling fairs, festivals and tours; media productions—newspaper articles, radio and television programming, film and video (personnel must include someone with established expertise in the proposed media). Humanities Guåhan encourages innovative program formats, particularly programs that stimulate discussion between diverse groups. The primary consideration with regard to format is whether it is appropriate to the audience and project content, as well as whether it is cost- effective. However, all funded programs have the following characteristics in common:

-Humanities Content: The humanities must be central, not just slightly relevant, to the project. Proposals must demonstrate that ethical, historical, literary, cultural or other humanistic perspectives will be brought to bear on the topic. Humanities Guåhan is interested in fostering an understanding of history, literature, ethics and the like. Therefore, concepts such as "explain," "analyze," and "interpret" (which are the goals of the humanities) should be primary goals of the project.

-Balance: Projects must be balanced presentations, conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry, and providing for a diversity of views. They should also avoid advocacy of a particular social, ideological or political point of view.

-Accessibility: Most of the resulting public programs should be free or of nominal cost, and accessible to the general public.

-Public Audiences: Projects must be directed primarily to the adult, out-of- school general public. Other target audiences include professional, ethnic and community groups, as well as public school teachers and students. Projects cannot exclude any member of the general public. Representatives of the target audience should be involved in the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project whenever feasible. It is essential that project formats encourage critical thinking about the topic through the use of discussions, question-and-answer sessions or other exchanges of views between presenters and audience participants. Innovative efforts in this area are encouraged.

-Personnel: Projects must have at least three different individuals holding the positions below who are qualified and committed to their projects:

Project Director: The project director is responsible for overall management of the program. The project director submits reports to Humanities Guåhan; informs HG of progress, changes, and difficulties; and prepares the final closeout evaluation report. The project director may serve as one of the participating experts, although one need not be an expert in the project area to be the project director.

Fiscal Agent: The fiscal agent—a person, not an institution—is responsible for receiving and disbursing grant funds and keeping records. The fiscal agent should be an accountant, a college or university business officer, the treasurer of the applicant organization, an officer of a local bank, or a similarly well-qualified person. The project director may not act as the fiscal agent.

Humanities Experts: Projects must include qualified experts in the humanities, not only in the program activities, but also in the conception, design, implementation and evaluation of the project. A project must include one humanities expert who is neither the project director nor the fiscal agent. Projects that focus on topics of ethnicity should include experts of that ethnic group.

Humanities experts include:
-Scholars are those with advanced academic training (a master's degree or higher) in one of the humanities disciplines.
-Traditional Teachers are those individuals with meaningful life experiences or self-education in the humanities, and who are recognized by the community to be experts in the field—for instance, traditional healers, suruhanus/suruhanas.

Humanities Guåhan offers three grant formats: mini grants, regular grants, and media projects.

Mini Grants:
Mini grants allow applicants to submit proposals for low-cost, short-range public programs. In general, they must meet all the requirements of the Regular Grants.

Regular Grants:
This category includes grants, other than media grants and mini grants. Proposals directly related to the themes and grant guidelines that Humanities Guåhan may announce are given top consideration, but eligible proposals addressing other areas of public interest will also be considered.

Media Projects:
Media projects include newspaper articles, radio and television programming, and film and video. Humanities Guåhan funds cannot cover the costs of most broadcast quality productions, although applicants are encouraged to seek broadcast support. In general, Humanities Guåhan prefers to fund planning and pre-production (research and development of the script or transcription). Proposals for small media projects, such as videos, radio programs, etc. are encouraged.

Proposal Planning Grants:
Proposal Planning Grants may be awarded to applicants for program planning and grant writing assistance for proposals that will be submitted to Humanities Guåhan. The grant is intended primarily for small groups with limited staff or village organizations. The award pays for the services of a scholar to visit the organization, talk with their planning committee about program ideas and assist in the proposal writing process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157446

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Mini grants: Applicants may request no more than $2,500.

-Regular Grants: This category includes grants, other than media grants, that are over $2,500 and not more than $10,000.

-Media Projects: The maximum grant for a media project is $10,000.

Proposal Planning Grants: Grants of up to $500 may be awarded.

Term of Contract:

A grant period may not exceed 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


Any nonprofit group, organization, or institution operating in Guam is eligible to apply for a grant. An organization need not be incorporated or tax-exempt. Examples of eligible organizations include libraries, museums, civic groups, local government, schools and universities, historical societies, educational broadcasting stations, and ad hoc groups assembled for the sole purpose of planning and presenting a humanities activity. Humanities Guåhan especially encourages proposals from the villages and from those groups aiming to gain experience in planning humanities programs. Projects proposed jointly by academic and community groups are encouraged. Co-applicants must also be nonprofit groups.


-Humanities Guåhan views its role as providing support for projects that would not normally occur without its help. It will not fund staff or programs already in place (operational support). It does not look favorably on budgets top heavy with staff and administrative costs. Strong justification must be provided for large sums budgeted in these ways. Humanities Guåhan may provide funds for well-known, off-island speakers if their participation will improve the program substantially. However, applicants are encouraged to utilize local scholars and traditional teachers in their projects.

-Humanities Guåhan funds cannot be used to support profit-making or fund-raising activities. Although Humanities Guåhan discourages groups from charging registration or admission fees to HG-funded events, fees may be charged if necessary to offset incurred project expenses that were not covered by HG funds. Such fees cannot result in a profit for the grantee. It should be noted that the grant is an offer to pay for actual costs up to the amount of the grant figure. Unused funds must be returned to Humanities Guåhan.

Humanities Guåhan cannot support:
-Projects not rounded in the humanities
-Projects proposed by individuals rather than nonprofit organizations
-Partisan objectives or advocacy
-Operating or construction costs
-Purchase of permanent equipment, except when such equipment reverts to Humanities Guåhan at the end of the project
-Institutional development or course work for academic credit, except HG-funded teacher workshops
-Travel to professional meetings
-Scholarships and fellowships
-Museum or library acquisitions
-Publications and scholarly research unless accompanied by a public program
-Creative arts (including works of fiction), performances or ceremonies unless accompanied by a significant degree of interpretation, or unless their primary purpose is to provide a focus for humanistic inquiry
-Projects that are not open to the general public
-Fundraisers and profit-making projects
-Alcoholic beverages, food, or entertainment

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicants must complete all fields in the Grant Workshop Online Application and submit this form by 12:00 PM Friday, February 23, 2018. Your application will be reviewed and you will be contacted about your participation in the upcoming workshop.

This workshop is provided for members of nonprofit organizations, institutions, and ad hoc groups who wish to apply for a Community Grant from Humanities Guåhan. Awardees of this grant must present or support a public humanities program or project in the Guam community.

The Community Grant workshop will be held on Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, and is a requirement for first-time applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

At least one-half of the total project costs must be provided by the applicant in local cost share. This can be provided either in cash (from the applicant or another funding source) or through in-kind services. Humanities Guåhan staff are available to guide applicants in developing their share. More information about cost sharing may be found in the guidelines.

All organizations are strongly encouraged to contact Humanities Guåhan (HG) prior to applying for a grant.

Preliminary proposals are due on Thursday, April 12, 2018 for the 2018 Grant Cycle, and are required for Regular and Media Grants over $2,500. After a review by the Grant Review Committee, the grant application is returned to the applicant, with suggestions for revisions. The suggestions are intended to make the proposal more competitive, in preparation for the final grant deadline. Preliminary proposals are not required for mini-grants.

Final proposals (including mini grant applications) are due on Friday, June 15, 2018. Proposals must be postmarked no later than 11:59 PM of the application deadline, or delivered to Humanities Guåhan by 5:00 PM on the deadline date.

Proposal Planning Grant Applications may be submitted at any time. The applicant should allow at least four weeks between the request for the grant and the beginning of the planning project. A letter to Humanities Guåhan’s executive director outlining the proposed project and requesting the services of a consultant is all that is required.

2018 Community Grant Program Schedule
-January 23 (Tuesday): Announcement of Grant Cycle/Grant Cycle Begins
-January 23 (Tuesday): Applications Available
-February 23 (Friday): Grant Workshop Online Application Due on or before 12:00 PM
-February 24 (Saturday): Grant Workshop, Humanities Guåhan Office
-April 12 (Thursday) Preliminary Proposals Due
-May 8 (Tuesday): Preliminary Proposal Applicants notified of findings.
-June 15 (Friday): Final Proposals Due
-July 6 (Friday): Grant Awards Announced

Contact Information:

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

Complete the Grant Workshop Online Application here:

Bernice Santiago

Community Grant Program
Humanities Guåhan
222 Chalan Santo Papa
Reflection Center, Suite #106
Hagåtña, GU 96910

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Geographic Focus:

USA Territories: Guam (USA)