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Community Grant Program

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

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

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Grants to Guam nonprofit organizations, institutions, and groups to support humanities activities that are available to the public. First-time applicants must attend an information 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.

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).

HG is offering three grant formats: mini-grants, regular grants, and media grants. For additional information, see:

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,  archeology 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 folklife.  Humanities projects may also apply humanities perspectives to current political, social, or economic concerns and issues. 

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.

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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: Up to $500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization or ad-hoc group operating in Guam is eligible to apply for a grant.

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.

For additional information about ineligible programs and costs, see:

Pre-proposal Conference:

Humanities Guåhan will offer a free online Community Grant Workshop for prospective applicants:

Saturday, August 29, 2020
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. online via Zoom

Register Online:
Registration Deadline: August 27, 2020, 12 p.m.

Registration is required. This workshop is a requirement for first-time applicants.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are accepted online only and are due by September 29, 2020.

All who are interested are strongly encouraged to contact Program Officer Bernice Santiago at Humanities Guåhan prior to applying for a grant.

An applicant need not be incorporated or tax-exempt but must obtain a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number by September 29, 2020.

- August 8: Announcement of Grant Cycle/Grant Cycle Begins. Applications available
- August 27: Grant Workshop, Registration Deadline
- August 29: Community Grant Workshop
- September 29: Proposals due online
- October 2020: Grant awards announced

For Proposal Planning Grants, 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.

The applicant organization (along with other supporters and donors if applicable) must provide at least 50% of the total cost of the project. For those projects that request more than $5,000 from Humanities Guåhan, the cash cost-share must include Challenge Funding. 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.

Apply online:

Bernice Santiago, Program Coordinator

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

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