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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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Deadline Date:

08/07/20 5:00 PM In-Person Delivery or Postmarked


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Grants to Guam nonprofit organizations, institutions, and ad-hoc groups to support humanities activities that are available to the public. First-time applicants must attend a mandatory workshop. Some grants require the applicant to submit a preliminary proposal prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support innovative programming that encourages discussion between diverse groups.

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 traveli ng 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.

For 2020, HG is offering mini-grants, regular grants, and media grants. For more details, see the Guidelines in the Supporting Documents field below.

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. For more information, see the Guidelines in the Supporting Documents section below.

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: Up to $500.

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:

The 2020 Community Grant Workshop has been postponed due to COVID-19; Updates will be posted in the URL for Full Text link below when available.

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

Pre-Application Information:

Important dates for 2020 (subject to change due to COVID-19. Applicants are requested to check the URL back for updates):

- March 12 - Thursday: Announcement of Grant Cycle/Grant Cycle Begins. Applications available
- June 4 - Thursday: Preliminary proposals due by 5 p.m. in person, or postmarked
- June 30 - Tuesday: Notification to applicants
- August 7 - Friday: Final proposals due by 5 p.m. in person, or postmarked
- September 2020: Grant Awards announced

All organizations are strongly encouraged to contact Humanities Guåhan (HG) prior to applying for a grant. HG invites inquiries by letter or phone to determine eligibility and interest. No letter of intent or preliminary proposal is necessary for mini-grant applications, although consultation with HG staff is welcome.

Applications for regular and media grants must include a preliminary proposal, submitted by the Preliminary Proposal application deadline for the current grant cycle.

To be eligible for a Humanities Guåhan grant, applicants must have a DUNS number and be registered with SAM by the final proposal due date, August 7, 2020.

Contact Information:

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

Grant applications must be mailed or hand-delivered to:

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

Bernice Santiago, Program Coordinator

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