Grants to Kansas Nonprofits to Engage
Public Audiences in the Humanities
Public Audiences in the Humanities
Foundation / Corporation
Kansas Humanities Council (KHC)
09/21/17 5:00 PM Receipt for Major Grant applications; Mini Grants are reviewed year-round
Grants of up to $3,500 and grants of up to $10,000 to Kansas nonprofit organizations to engage public audiences with humanities themes. Examples of possible project formats include film and book discussions, museum exhibitions, radio documentaries, short documentary film production, full-length documentary film production, and other creative activities.
Goals of the Humanities Grant Program:
1. Connect communities with history, traditions, and ideas to strengthen civic life
2. Engage citizens in discussions about a humanities theme or topic
3. Foster a sense of community
To be competitive for funding, the humanities must be central to the project. Projects should apply the insights and methods of the humanities to explore a well-defined topic. Programs must appeal to a general, out-of-school audience.
The humanities include history, literature, philosophy, languages, linguistics, law, archeology, folklore, religious studies, women’s and ethnic studies, and the history of art, medicine, and science. Social sciences, such as political science, sociology, and cultural anthropology, are also considered humanities.
Every project should have at least two goals with outcomes that can be measured or assessed. Goals are simple statements that summarize what you hope to accomplish.
-Connect people with information that broadens their perspective
-Spark group discussion
-Strengthen organizational collaboration
Every project must involve at least one humanities scholar to serve as a project consultant. Consultants are often historians, faculty members, or museum professionals. KHC can help identify humanities scholars.
Scholars must fit within at least one of the following categories:
-Individuals with at least a Masters degree in a humanities discipline
-Professional with college-level teaching experience in a humanities discipline or proven record of scholarship in the humanities
-Museum curator, librarian, or skilled professional with knowledge of a humanities topic
-Culture bearers – tribal or community elders, or practitioners of traditional cultural forms
KHC grant funds CAN be used for:
-Salaries for temporary staff specifically hired to carry out the project
-Salaries for part-time staff employed by the sponsor organization who play a significant role in the project
-Honorarium for consultant, speakers, and discussion leaders
-Travel reimbursement for staff and out-of-town consultants or speakers
-Some publicity and promotions. No more than 40% of the request.
-Event or project handouts, such as brochures or gallery guides
-Supplies that will be consumed during the project, such as DVDs
-Rental of facilities or equipment such as cameras, projectors, or sound system
KHC is interested in new programmatic formats, fresh perspectives, and creative methods for reaching an audience. Humanities grants are intended to get a project “off the ground.” KHC cannot be expected to fund a similar project year after year.
-Mini Grants: Up to $3,500
-Major Grants: Up to $10,000
Major Grant projects submitted for the Fall 2017 deadline may begin November 16, 2017.
In-state nonprofits are eligible. 501(c)3 status is not required, but applicants do need a DUNS number. Organizations with an open KHC grant from a previous cycle are ineligible.
Grant funds CANNOT be used for:
-Salaries for full-time staff employed by the sponsor organization
-The cost of publishing a book or exhibition catalog
-Performing arts programs such as plays, musical performances, storytellers or re-enactors
-The purchase of equipment (computers, copiers, etc), website hosting, or insurance
-Purchase, construction, restoration, or preservation of a building
-Courses for academic credit or school projects. Students may be involved as volunteers.
-Academic conferences or programs directed to a single profession
-Bus rental for heritage tours
-Creation or purchase of a mural, memorial, monument, or plaque
-Individual research, scholarships, or fellowships
-Museum, library, or school acquisitions
-Fundraisers or advocacy and social service programs
-Projects that discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, physical abilities, or sexual orientation
-Food, beverages, entertainment, and promotional give-aways such shirts or mugs
Requests for Mini Humanities Grants are reviewed year round. KHC must receive the proposal at least 6 weeks prior to the first event
Requests for Major Humanities Grants are reviewed three times a year. Click here for schedule.
Organizations are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a draft.
Applications must be received by KHC by 5:00 PM on the due date.
Deadlines for Major Grants:
-January 26: Draft
-February 23: Final Application
-April 6: Notification by KHC
-April 20: Projects can begin
-April 27: Draft
-May 25: Final Application
-July 8: Notification by KHC
-July 22: Projects can begin
-August 24: Draft
-September 21: Final Application
-November 2: Notification by KHC
-November 16: Projects can begin
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