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Major Grant Program

Grants to Rhode Island Nonprofits and Schools
for Humanities and Civic Education Initiatives

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Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH)

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Deadline Date:

01/15/19 5:00 PM EST


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Grants ranging between $2,000 and $12,000 to Rhode Island nonprofit organizations and schools for public humanities projects, documentary films, and civic education initiatives. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding will be provided for the following three types of proposals:

1. Public Projects:
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports public humanities projects that enrich and enliven the lives of residents through a variety of formats, including community conversations, talks and lectures, new media technology, museum interpretations and exhibitions, workshops, panel discussions, book or film discussions, oral histories, and radio shows.

2. Documentary/Film:
Rhode Island Council for the Humanities supports documentary films that preserve Rhode Island’s stories and bring its history to life. The Council follows a three-phase approach to funding documentary films:

Phase 1: Research (not eligible for these grants)
Phase 2: Script Development (development level major grant)
Phase 3: Production and Post Production (major grant)

It is only on a rare occasion that the Council funds finishing or post-production for a film for which the Council has not funded its development.

3. K-12 Civic Education:
K-12 Civic Education Grants support projects that enhance the humanities components of K-12 education through the creative integration of the Rhode Island Social Studies Grade Span Expectations in teaching and learning, in order to cultivate the civic leaders of future generations.

Funding for K-12 Civic Education Grants will be provided for:
- Curriculum development and implementation
- Field trips
- Student research
- Teacher development and workshops
- Programs that creatively engage students in history, their local communities, and civic action

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176309

Estimated Size of Grant:

The Major Grant Program is for requests between $2,000 and $12,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Major Grant Program invites nonprofit organizations and schools to apply for funding in support of public projects, documentary films, and civic education initiatives.

Your organization may apply for a grant if:
- You have a current 501(c)3 or equivalent tax-exempt status.
- You are in “good standing” with the Council, i.e., you do not have an overdue grant report or a previously defaulted grant.
- You do not currently have an open grant with the Council

Funding Colleges and Universities:

The Council accepts proposals from colleges and universities that demonstrate a commitment to reach an audience beyond the campus community. Such proposals should show strong community collaboration, a well-defined outreach and publicity plan, and stated audience goals.

Out-of-State Applicants:
Non-Rhode Island based organizations and individuals are encouraged to apply, but should be prepared to articulate the impact their project will have in Rhode Island. The Council prioritizes funding for projects with a clear Rhode Island connection.

Line Items the Council Does Not Fund:
- Food or beverages
- Academic fees or other degree-related expenses, including academic research
- Fellowships or scholarships
- Courses
- Foreign, non-economy, or extensive domestic travel
- Book publication
- Fundraising or for-profit activities
- Restoration work and construction work
- Creation of art or performances in the arts
- Equipment purchases
- Archival acquisitions
- Direct social action or political action, e.g., counseling, legal or medical services, economic development activities, lobbying
- Economic development activities

Other restrictions may apply.

Pre-Application Information:

Major Grant Deadlines:
Register your Intent to Apply: October 1 – November 1, 2018
Submit Draft for Staff Review (optional): December 1, 2018
Final Applications Due: January 15, 2019
Award notifications: Mid-March 2019

All materials must be submitted to the Council through the online grants portal by 5:00 pm EST on the day of the established deadline. Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are honored on the next business day. Please pay close attention to our grant deadlines. There are no exceptions to the deadlines.

Steps to Apply:

STEP 1 - Register your Intent to Apply:
October 1 – November 1
Pre-registration for major grant deadlines is mandatory. Intents are non-binding; however, they must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST on November 1 to be eligible to submit a full proposal to the Council.

STEP 2 - RICH staff approval of Intents
November 1 - 7
Pre-registrants will be notified by November 7 regarding approval to move forward to the full application phase.

STEP 3 - Proposal drafts submitted to RICH staff (optional deadline)
December 1
Polished drafts will be accepted by staff for preliminary review.

STEP 4 - Proposal drafts reviewed by RICH staff
December 1 - December 20
Staff reviews and provides feedback on polished drafts received by December 20.

STEP 5 - Full Proposal deadline
January 15
Full proposals must be submitted online by 5 p.m. EST.

STEP 6 - Award decision notifications
March 20
Applicants will be notified of award decisions by mail.

Rhode Island Cultural Data Project Requirement (Major Grants Only):
Rhode Island CDP is a powerful online management tool designed to strengthen arts and cultural organizations. This unique system will provide your organization with the tools necessary to analyze and benchmark your financial and organizational data. The CDP highly encourages organizations to participate in an orientation session before getting started in the database.

Cost-Share Requirement
RICH requires one-to-one cost sharing or matching of nonprofit applicants. Individual and civic education grant applicants are exempt from this requirement. Cost-sharing consists of all project expenses not attributed to the RICH grant, including both cash and in-kind contributions (donations of goods and services) made to the project by the applicant and third parties. The total cost sharing must at least equal the total funds requested from RICH. Please note, any funds of federal origin cannot contribute to your match, but must be noted in your budget.

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Logan Hinderliter, Program Officer of Grants & Partnerships

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities
131 Washington St., Suite 210
Providence, RI 02903

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USA: Rhode Island