Foundation / Corporation
Grants starting at $2,000 to Nebraska nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies for humanities projects featuring a media or digital component. Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying. Eligible media include film, radio, television, websites, and other digital media.
Programs should be open to the public and free of charge or for a nominal fee. All projects must directly impact State residents and involve a humanities scholar. Applications must demonstrate that the humanities are central to the project.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has defined the humanities as including, but not limited to, history, literature, languages, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, archaeology, ethics, the social sciences when they employ humanistic perspectives, and the history, theory, and criticism of the arts.
All projects must include at least one humanities resource person or “humanist.” Typically, the humanist is a college or university professor in a humanities discipline. If a non-academic humanist is chosen for a project, the applicant must provide sufficient background information on the individual to demonstrate that he or she will capably represent the humanities.
Digital products, such as Web sites, DVDs, or CD-ROMs, may be components of a larger project or be projects in their own right. Projects relying heavily or solely on a digital format should have strong humanities content, be based on sound scholarship, and offer users an interactive and engaging experience. These projects could be humanities-based Internet presentations such as online exhibitions that might be interactive and could include open dialogue moderated by humanities scholars. Projects must be humanities-based programs. The HN will not fund organizational Web sites or promotional Web sites or CD/DVDs.
GrantWatch ID#: 176649
Grants are for more than $2,000.
Programs may begin May 1 or later (March 1 deadline) or October 1 or later (August 1 deadline).
Applicants must have nonprofit status according to the State of Nebraska and the IRS, and must provide proof of 501(c)(3) or other 501(c) status. (State, county, or local government entities, including schools, are exempt from this requirement.)
Any nonprofit group is eligible to apply for grants, including schools, libraries, museums, civic groups, government agencies, service clubs, tribal organizations, professional associations, historical societies, educational institutions and community organizations.
For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible.
-Individuals (must be a nonprofit organization)
-Advocacy or partisan objectives
-Direct action campaigns
-Operating costs, construction, or renovation
-Travel to professional meetings
-Creative or performing arts, unless their primary role is to illustrate humanities issues
-Book publishing (Subvention)
-Alcoholic beverages, food or entertainment for audiences
-Scholarships and fellowships
-Printing costs not related to public project
-Institutional planning and development
-Museum, school or library acquisitions
-Research for solely scholarly purposes
-Universities, colleges or affiliated organizations for programs designed primarily for their students
-January 15 for projects beginning May 1 or later
-June 15 for projects beginning October 1 or later
Grant applications must be submitted no later than the due date. If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the grant is due the next business day.
Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with HN staff BEFORE completing an application.
Applications must include a resume of no more than two pages and a letter from the humanities scholar explaining his or her involvement in the project.
The grant applicant must provide at least half of the total project costs, either through cash or in-kind contributions. For major grants of more that $2,000, at least 10% of the match must be cash.
Grant Application Requirements:
More information about grants may be found here:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Erika Hamilton, Director of Literary Programs
(402) 474-2131 ext. 104
Kristi Hayek Carley, Program Manager
(402) 474.2131 ext. 108
Mary Yager, Associate Director
(402)474.2131 at ext. 103
215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330
Lincoln, NE 68508