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Grants to Northern Mariana Islands Nonprofits,
Agencies, IHEs, and Groups for Humanities Projects

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Northern Marianas Humanities Council

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 4:00 PM

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Grants to Northern Mariana Islands nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, and ad hoc groups for a broad range of humanities activities. Applicants must consult with program staff prior to applying. Supported projects must be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council 2016-2020 Strategic Master Plan.

The mission of the Northern Marianas Humanities Council is to foster awareness, understanding and appreciation of the humanities through support of educational programs that relate the humanities to the indigenous cultures and to the intellectual needs and interests of the people of the Commonwealth.

The United States Congress defined the humanities as a distinct set of academic areas when it established the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in 1965. These areas include, but are not limited to, the following fields: history; philosophy; languages; linguistics; literature; archaeology; jurisprudence; history and philosophy of science; ethics; comparative religion; and those social sciences employing historical or philosophical approaches to their content. This last category may include cultural anthropology, sociology, political theory, international relations, and other subjects concerned with questions of human value.

The purpose of the Council is to promote understanding and appreciation of the humanities in the Northern Mariana Islands. Utilizing funding from the NEH, the Council awards grants for projects focusing on the investigation and analysis of aspects of human culture and experience. To receive Council support, the applicant must show that the humanities, as described above, are central to the project and that the project is consistent with one or more of the goals and objectives of the Council's Strategic Master Plan.

About the Council's Community Grants Program:

Since 1992, the Council has provided financial assistance to the public through its Community Grants Program. Council-funded projects have utilized a variety of formats, including conferences, panel discussions, workshops, public fora, newspaper articles, translation of documents, and teacher enrichment seminars. Sometimes more than one format is used.

One or more humanities subjects as defined in Section II of these guidelines must play a central role in the proposed project and one or more people with considerable relevant knowledge must be involved (for example, a humanities scholar or an expert in the subject area). The methods of the humanities must also be involved and the project should provide ways to talk about, study, and analyze its subject through such methods as critical thinking, group discussion, research, and documentation.

Where possible, the CNMI community should be invited to participate through a forum or lecture or panel discussion that enables the public to participate actively, learn, and contribute their ideas. Projects that take a balanced look at public policy issues are welcome. Audiences have ranged from elementary school age to great-grandparents, and from the academic to the general community.

The Council may offer special grant awards for projects of interest to the Council in a specific area of the humanities. In such cases, public notice will be given regarding special grant awards, including application guidelines.

General Funding Requirements:

Any group or organization planning to apply to the Council for grant funds should consider the following basic requirements:
-All projects must demonstrate that they will enhance the appreciation and understanding of the humanities. They must focus on one or more of the areas of the humanities previously mentioned, or on the relationship of the humanities to public issues.
-Humanities scholars or area experts should be involved in planning, presenting, and evaluating the project.
-Projects must offer a balanced presentation, provide for a variety of views, and avoid bias or calling for a specific course of action.
-Whenever possible, project formats should provide opportunities for active public participation in the form of discussions, question and answer sessions, or other ways of exchanging ideas. In general, projects should be open to the public and easily accessed. While small specific audiences may be targeted, projects should try to include activities of interest to more than one segment of the community.
-The project must conform to all federal regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, or physical condition.
-The Council is a Drug Free program and expects project activities to be drug free as a condition of funding.

Eligible Projects:
Eligible projects may include, but are not limited to lectures, exhibits, film and tape showings, newspaper publications, slide shows, workshops, panel discussions, conferences, and seminars. Research projects, book publications, media projects, and curriculum development projects also may be eligible for support.

Regular Grants:
No upper level of funding has been established fore Regular Grants since the level of an award depends on the merit of the proposed project, the amount of Council funding available, and the number and quality of other applications submitted for funding during a given fiscal year.

Mini-Grants:
Mini-grants support allowable humanities projects.

Planning Grants:
Planning Grants are for planning and developing a project. Planning grants are for activities such as organizational meetings, long-distance phone calls to engage scholars in projects, limited travel to other islands to discuss sites and procedures for public presentations, publicity in the media, secretarial assistance, etc. Funds can also be used to support the inquiry of a humanities scholar into the worthiness of a proposed project as a public program in the humanities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175178

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Planning Grants: Up to $1,500
-Mini-grants: Up to $2,000
-Regular Grants: Above $2,000 (no upper level of funding has been established)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any nonprofit organization, institution, group or ad hoc committee may receive a grant.

The Council generally does not fund grants for individuals, but as few two people may apply.

Each project requires a project director, a humanities scholar or area expert, and a fiscal agent. Where appropriate, the project director may also serve as the humanities scholar/area expert and the fiscal officer.

Examples of eligible applicants include social service organizations, clubs, churches, state and local government agencies, business and professional groups, unions, schools, corporations, public radio and television stations, museums, historical societies, public libraries, art organizations, colleges and universities.

Informal groups organized solely to submit a grant may also apply for funding. Applicants need not be incorporated as a non-profit organization or have tax-exempt status. However, the group must demonstrate that they are not "for profit" and can manage all aspects of the project adequately. The sponsoring organization and its members, upon receipt of Council funds, become fully liable for the responsible use of those funds. Any liability incurred by project participants is solely the responsibility of the participants, not of the Council.

The Council will not support:
-Projects that involve direct action or the planning of direct action to resolve issues of public policy or concern.
-Projects that influence an audience towards a single position or point of view, or that present a one-sided or biased treatment of an issue of public concern.
-Scholarships or fellowships.
-Courses of instruction that target a select limited audience.
-Performances in the arts unless their primary role is to support discussion of issues of public policy, public concerns or cultural history, or an understanding of areas of the humanities.
-Museum, historical organization, or library acquisitions unless they are small acquisitions directly related to the implementation of a public project funded by the Council and will be used extensively after completion of the project.
-Building construction, acquisition or restoration costs, including historical preservation costs.
-Equipment purchases unless absolutely vital to the project. (We urge applicants to cost-share or rent equipment.)
-Projects that raise funds for profit or for commercial purposes.
-Payment for food, alcoholic beverages, refreshments or entertainment for projects or project- related activities.
-Activities that have political or religious purposes.
-Funding general operations or administration of the applicant organization, including regular salaries.
-The Council normally does not provide support for ongoing programs, although it will consider new humanities-related elements to ongoing programs.

Pre-Application Information:

As a rule, the Council will fund up to one-half the cost of a project. Grant recipients must provide the other half in the form of cash or in-kind contributions to their project. Keep in mind that the "cost-share" requirement is 50% of the total budget, not of each budget item.

Cash contributions represent the value of the applicant's cash outlay. In-kind contributions represent the value of non-cash contributions provided by the applicant and non-federal third parties. In-kind contributions may be in the form of goods and services directly benefiting and specifically given to the project or program. Currently, grant recipients tend to overmatch Council funds as a result of contributing more than half their share. All budget requests accompanying a grant application must itemize Council funds and cost sharing contributions.

Applications for media projects should demonstrate cash grant support from third parties.

If an application cannot provide an equal amount of matching funds, it should develop a budget in consultation with the Council staff and request that the matching requirement be waived. The applicant should be prepared to justify why the Council should fund such a project.

Applicants should consult with staff before beginning application preparation.

Applications for Regular, Mini and Planning grants are accepted four times a year in accordance with the following schedule:

-December 31 at 4:00 PM
-March 31 at 4:00 PM
-June 30 at 4:00 PM
-September 30 at 4:00 PM

When submission dates fall on weekends, applications must be received by the last working day of that month. Applications must be certified complete by staff to be considered officially received. The Council will announce grant decisions within 30-45 days of the grant deadline. The start of project activities should be planned accordingly.

Applicants should ensure that project events are scheduled to begin a minimum of 30 days after the application submission deadline.

Contact Information:

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

Eulalia V. Arriola, Executive Director
esvillagomez@gmail.com

Northern Marianas Humanities Council
P.O. Box 506437
Saipan, MP 96950

P: (670) 235-4785
F: (670) 235-4786

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Geographic Focus:

USA Territories: Northern Mariana Islands (USA)