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Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits for Public
Humanities Projects, Exhibits, and Conferences

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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West Virginia Humanities Council

Deadline Date:

09/01/19 Midnight


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Grants of up to $20,000 to West Virginia nonprofit organizations for public humanities projects serving audiences within the state. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Possible project format include exhibits, conferences, re-enactments, panels, readings and discussions, school projects, lectures, and symposiums.

Eligible projects must:
- Be rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines
- Have qualified humanities scholars directly and substantially involved in the project
- Be open to the public
- Be sponsored by a nonprofit organization
- Have accurate budget requests, reflecting the actual costs of the project
- Have a comprehensive and adequate plan for publicity and dissemination of information
- Comply with federal nondiscrimination statutes

Allowable expenses for projects include the following:

Honoraria for scholars; salaries; travel costs including per diems, mileage and lodging; supplies and materials; publicity and printing costs; postage; telephone; and equipment and facilities rental. Projects include, but are not limited to:

- Planning grants to bring in experts for project consultation
- Conferences, lectures, and symposia
- Educational school programs
- Brochures and booklets including printing and promotional costs
- Exhibit development and implementation
- Archival projects
- Archaeological projects
- Media projects, the planning, scripting, and production of audio or video materials, websites, or a newspaper series

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177038

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must be sponsored by a West Virginia nonprofit organization. The organizations must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the IRS, a current DUNS number, and a SAM account.

Not Funded:
- Projects with little or no humanities content
- Creative and performing arts (associated discussion sessions and educational programs may be eligible)
- Fund-raising events or for-profit projects
- Expenses incurred or paid out before a grant is made
- Projects that have already taken place
- Projects with high admission fees (reasonable admission fees may be allowed and should be discussed with the grants administrator)
- Projects not open or accessible to the public
- Purchase of equipment or land
- Building renovation
- Overhead or indirect costs (operational costs)
- Receptions, food, alcohol or entertainment
- Academic courses for credit
- History Alive! presentations
- Permanent staffing or regular staff salaries

Pre-Application Information:

Projects must have dollar-per-dollar matching funds, and a 25% cash match (for requests of more than $1,500).

Major Grant deadlines are February 1 and September 1.

Before beginning the application process, applicants should contact grants administrator Erin Riebe. Plan to discuss your idea in detail and find out if it is eligible for funding.

Applicants should allow twelve weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

General Guidelines:

How to Apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Erin Riebe, Grants Administrator

West Virginia Humanities Council
1310 Kanawha Blvd. E, Charleston
West Virginia 25301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia