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Action Grants

Grants to New York Nonprofits to Implement
Public Humanities Projects that Engage Local Communities

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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 for the implementation of public humanities projects. Projects should encourage audiences to examine their values, explore new ideas, and interact with others in the State. Formats can include roundtables, workshops, panel discussions, humanities-infused performances, exhibits, podcasts, and interactive digital platforms.

The aim of this program:
- 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.

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. 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.

HNY prioritizes support to projects that reach audiences with fewer opportunities to attend educational and cultural programming. Because we are a statewide organization, within each grant round we strive to make awards in as many regions of the state as possible. Through 2020, requests related to the U.S. Women’s Suffrage Centennial are welcome. Other priorities include supporting small organizations (with operating budgets of less than $250,000) and rural organizations.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163917

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,500 - $5,000

Term of Contract:

Funding for the October deadline is for projects starting January 1st 2020 or later.

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.

Each organization is eligible to receive one Vision Grant and one Action Grant OR one Vision Grant and one Quick Grant per year.

Pre-Application Information:

The next Action Grant deadline is October 1st, 2019 for projects starting January 1st, 2020 or later.

There will be two Action Grant deadlines for projects starting in 2020: October 1st, 2019 for projects starting January 1st, 2020 or later, and April 1st, 2020 for projects starting July 1st, 2020 or later.

Grants awarded through the end of March will be awarded on a contingent basis. While HNY expects to be able to honor its funding commitments, these will be delayed for a period of some months.

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.

You may make a 30-minute phone appointment to discuss your idea or proposal with a Humanities NY staff member. Please use the calendar on the URL for Full Text.

Award decision notifications will be made 10-12 weeks after the submission deadline.

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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:

Joe Murphy, Interim Grants Associate

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