Foundation / Corporation
Grants of up to $750 to Wyoming nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, colleges, libraries, and museums for financial assistance for an unexpected public event. Applicants must contact staff prior to submitting a proposal. This program is intended to provide support for opportunities requiring immediate funding. For example, if a famous historian is speaking in a nearby town and the applicant would like to invite him to speak locally.
The Foundation supports projects that match their mission to support programs that encourage thoughtful discussion and critical thinking about humanities topics at the layman’s level.
The Foundation wants to see publicly accessible projects that ask audiences to take a closer look at the human experience. The humanities study the human condition within the frame of cultural, social, and personal contexts. The Foundation's mission is to bring the humanities, which are often thought of as being “Ivory tower,” university subjects to Wyoming citizens at large.
The humanities encompass the study of all forms of human cultural expression: history, arts, literature, philosophy, religion, laws, cultural studies, and languages. These break down further into subsets such as ecological humanities and gender studies.
The project must have a humanities scholar in a central role (loosely defined as MA or higher in a humanities field directly related to the project).
GrantWatch ID#: 165328
Opportunity Grants are up to $750.
The applicant must have a state or federally recognized nonprofit group or state agency (library, school, college, museum), with a valid tax EIN and DUNs number to receive funds to sponsor the grant and manage the funds. The Foundation can only fund registered nonprofits.
Projects like arts performances that do not have a Q&A or talk-back session to delve into the meaning and context of the experience of art fall into the realm of Wyoming Arts Council funding.
Specifically, the Foundation will not fund research projects. If the project isn’t about directly engaging a public audience (through outreach components like lectures, documentaries, digital medias, curated exhibits, moderated film series, etc.) then it is probably not a fit for Wyoming Humanities funding.
Opportunity grants work a little differently than the Foundation's other grants. Applicants will need to contact staff about the project before submittal.
Opportunity grants can still be applied for at any time a minimum of 14 days before the project start date.
All grants must be submitted though the online Foundant portal. Applications must register for a user name and submit project organization information at the same time in order to access the system.
Applications can only be submitted by the Project Director.
Paper applications will continue to be accepted for a short time for those already in progress, however they will not longer be available on the web site.
If the applicant would like more information or need assistance in the grant process, please contact Erin Pryor Ackerman or Josh Watanabe. Staff is more than happy to work with the applicant as the applicant develops an idea into a project; however, the Foundation cannot guarantee first reads on drafts less than two week from the submittal date.
If the applicant has a project in mind, get started on the grants possible as early as the applicant can. Funding in the later portion of the Wyoming Humanities fiscal year (July 1 – Oct 31) is generally limited, and grants submitted during this time may not be considered or funded in time due to budget constraints.
About the Humanities:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Contact staff prior to submittal through grants@thinkWY.org
Erin Pryor Ackerman, Director of Grants and Community Engagement
Josh Watanabe, Assistant Director