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Grants to Guam Nonprofits, Institutions, and Groups for Public Humanities Activities


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USA Territories: Guam (USA)

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Community Grant Program

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) - Humanities Guåhan (HG)

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #157446

Grant Description

Grants of up to $10,000 to Guam nonprofit organizations, institutions, and groups to support humanities activities that are available to the public. First-time applicants must attend a workshop prior to applying. Funding is intended to support innovative programming that encourages discussion between diverse groups. The primary consideration with regard to format is whether it is appropriate for the audience and project content, as well as whether it is cost-effective. For 2022, HG is offering mini grants, regular grants, and media grants.

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—publications, 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. Humanities Guåhan offers three grant formats: mini, regular, and media.

  • 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 yet request no more than $2,500 from Humanities Guåhan.
  • Regular Grants: This category includes grants, other than media grants, that are over $2,500 and not more than $10,000. 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 Grants: Media projects include publications, radio and television programming, and film and video. Given this award ceiling, 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 of up to $500 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. 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 directoroutlining the proposed project and requesting the services of a consultant is all that is required. 

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. Anthropology, archaeology and political science are also considered part of the humanities, as are interdisciplinary areas, such as Pacific studies, CHamoru studies, Micronesian studies, Asian studies, American studies, women and gender 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. 

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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. Organizations and ad-hoc groups must have a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number by the application deadline to be eligible for this grant. Please see further information in the “How to Apply” section. 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.

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Pre-proposal Conference:

Humanities Guåhan will offer a free Community Grant Workshop for prospective applicants. This workshop is a requirement for first-time applicants. Masks will be required.

2022 Community Grant Workshop
Saturday, September 3, 2022 • 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Humanities Guåhan • 222 Chalan Santo Papa, Reflection Center, Suite 106, Hagåtña, Guam

Registration is required by September 1st. Applicants may register at:

If circumstances change in our community due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the grant workshop will be held online via Zoom.

After your form is submitted, you will be contacted by Humanities Guåhan to confirm your registration.

Pre-Application Information:

- Sept. 1: Grant Workshop registration due
- Sept. 3: Grant Writing Workshop
- Sept. 4: Grant Application goes live
- Oct. 1: Final Proposals due
- Oct. 25: Grant awards announced

Cost-Share: The applicant organization (along with other supporters and donors if applicable) must provide at least 50% of the total cost of the project. This amount is called cost-share, and can include cash or in-kind services from the applicant organization, supporters, and donors.

Applicants must obtain a Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) assigned by and viewable within the System for Award Management ( by October 1, 2022. The federal government has replaced the DUNS number with the UEI as of April 4, 2022. If you already have a DUNS number, a UEI has been issued to you. See:

Letters of Commitment or Letters of Support indicate that there is public interest in the project beyond that of the applicant. These letters are not required, but are highly recommended. Letters should be written by persons outside of the applicant organization, who may be connected to the applicant project, have completed a similar project, or have expertise concerning the target audience or other aspects of the proposed project. Any letters submitted with an application should be substantive, commenting on the project’s potential impact, as well as its value to the target audience(s). Letters that attest to the expertise and appropriateness of a project’s humanities scholars are also welcome. These letters can be uploaded on Submittable with your application.

Applicants are encouraged to work closely with HG staff throughout the initial planning period and during the preparation of the proposal. Staff is available to answer questions about content, personnel or the budget and in general by appointment or via phone, email, and Zoom, to help applicants make their proposal as competitive as possible. Applicants should know that staff members do not vote on proposals, and their suggestions cannot guarantee favorable action.

Additional Funding Information:

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: Up to $500

Contact Information:

Apply online:

For more information, please contact Leslie Reynolds or Kimberlee Kihleng at 671-472-4462, Tues-Sat 9 a.m.-5 p.m., or email Leslie at

Humanities Guåhan
222 Chalan Santo Papa, Reflection Center, Suite 106
Hagåtña, Guam 96910

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