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Grants to New York Nonprofits, IHEs, and
Libraries to Implement Public Humanities Projects

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Humanities New York (HNY)

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Grants ranging from $1,500 to $5,000 to New York nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and libraries for the implementation of public-facing humanities projects. Projects should encourage audiences to examine their values, explore new ideas, and interact with others in the State.

These grants aim to:
- Connect audiences more deeply to the communities where they live and work.
- Solidify community partnerships and diversify audiences.
- Creatively employ the tools of the humanities to respond to issues and ideas capturing the imagination and passion of New Yorkers today.

The humanities—literature, history, philosophy and the many forms of human expression—connect us to our individual experience and to our communities, providing personal enrichment and understanding. They can promote relevant, important, and timely conversations about the challenges we face as communities and in society. The humanities can engage people where they live and work, emphasizing conversation, facilitation, and collaborative learning.

Humanities New York (HNY) supports projects that activate, frame, or deepen our understanding of what it means to be human. HNY encourages and supports innovative approaches in the design and delivery of public-facing programming. Through its grants program, HNY strives to ensure that all New Yorkers may access the tools and experiences of the humanities.

Competitive projects are engaging to a variety of New Yorkers and do not require specialized knowledge to participate in or enjoy. HNY welcomes projects that serve targeted communities—such as families, youth, seniors, veterans, prison populations, and individuals with special needs.

Because organizations are encouraged to develop projects that respond to community needs and interests, HNY is open to a variety of project formats.

Applicants may request support for any necessary costs for the proposed scope of work, including participant honoraria, staff time, consultants, travel, marketing, evaluation, and photography/videography.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163917

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,500 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

Program implementation begins at least 3 months after the submission deadline. Length varies according to the project.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any tax-exempt organization that is based in and serves New York State may apply.

Groups that do not have official 501(c)3 status may apply using a fiscal sponsor.

HNY does not fund individuals.

Costs of travel on non-U.S. (international) air carriers and costs of alcohol may not be included in the request.

Pre-Application Information:

There are three funding rounds per year, with application due dates of February 1, June 1, and October 1.

A 1:1 match is required. The grant request may be matched by any combination of cash and in-kind contributions. Staff time, volunteer time, and donated venue space may count as sources of cost-share.

Award decision notifications are made via email 10 - 12 weeks after the submission deadline.

You may make a 30-minute phone appointment to discuss your idea or proposal with a Humanities NY staff member. You may send draft materials ahead of time.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Scarlett Rebman, Grants Officer

Humanities New York
150 Broadway Suite 1700
New York, NY 10038

P: 212.233.1131
F: 212.233.4607

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Geographic Focus:

USA: New York City;   New York