Foundation / Corporation
Oklahoma Humanities (OH)
Grants of up to $8,500 and grants of up to $15,000 to Oklahoma nonprofit organizations for humanities projects that engage public audiences. Applicants must submit a proposal draft prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended for projects that have humanities as the central focus and that enable exploration, interpretation, or analysis. Activities should be made accessible to all members of a community, and the project must be balanced and avoid advocacy of a particular social or political view. Projects may be structured in a variety of ways: discussion programs, lectures, panel discussions, websites, audio or video productions, and exhibitions.
- Major Grants: Major grants will award outright funds for humanities programs and presentations.
- Challenge Grants: Challenge Grants offer matching funds for gifts raised from eligible third-party donors in support of humanities programs and presentations.
The humanities disciplines help people examine their past and reflect on who they are as individuals and as members of a global society. Study of the humanities stimulates imagination, helps people to clarify issues, acquire new perspectives, and become informed citizens. Specific academic disciplines encompassed by the term humanities include: archeology, art history and criticism, comparative religion, cultural anthropology, ethics, history, jurisprudence, language, linguistics, literature, philosophy, and those aspects of the social sciences which employ a philosophical or historical, rather than a quantitative approach. The humanities should not be confused with particular philosophies, such as secular humanism, or with specific social movements, such as humanitarianism. They should also be distinguished from the creative or performance arts.
Funded projects should fall under at least one of the following grant categories.
- The Human Experience: These projects explore culture and history through time and place.
- We the People: These projects explore cultural, ethnic, racial, or religious diversity.
- The Public Square: These projects explore current events, divergent opinions, public policy, civics, or justice.
Humanities scholars must be involved in the planning and implementation of the program. OH-funded projects should include dialogue between humanities scholars and public audiences. It is the role of the scholar to present, explain, or interpret ideas, beliefs, and other cultural contexts implicit in the program. See qualifications in Additional Eligibility, below.
-Projects which stimulate informed discussion among diverse groups.
-Projects for or about underserved, diverse and targeted audiences. Underserved audiences may include the following: those that live in communities with limited cultural opportunities, new audiences including those who have limited access to OH programming, or those members of the population whose stories have not been widely shared, such as African-Americans; Hispanic-Americans; Asian-Americans; LGBT; Native Americans, Recent Immigrants, and the Disabled. Targeted audiences include young adults, incarcerated populations, minorities, veterans, and rural citizens.
-Projects that are extended and sustained through recording or broadcasting to reach additional audiences.
GrantWatch ID#: 170634
Major Grants: Award level is up to $8,500. The maximum outright award is $5,000; may be increased by $3,500 with the Matching Gifts program.
Challenge Grants: Award level is up to $15,000.
Multiple requests per calendar year will be considered based on stated criteria, but may be subject to the availability of funds.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Chris Carroll, Program Officer
424 Colcord Dr., Suite E
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Fax: (405) 235-0289