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Humanities Initiative Grant (HIG)

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries,
and Agencies for Public Humanities Programs

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Humanities

Deadline Date:

07/30/18 Posted online by 11:30 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, and public libraries to help bring the humanities to public audiences within the state. Applications are invited for humanities-related public programs, such as lectures, workshops, reading and discussion programs, exhibits, and the production of humanities resources.

Projects must:

1) Contain a strong focus on the humanities. For the purposes of Humanities Initiatives Grants, Indiana Humanities uses the definition of the humanities provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which states that the humanities includes activities in the following disciplines:

-Comparative religion
-Theory, history, and criticism of the performing and visual arts
-Social sciences that have humanistic content and/or humanistic methods

2) Include humanities scholars in project planning and implementation. Humanities scholars are individuals with particular training or experience qualifying them as professionals in one or more of the academic disciplines of the humanities. Scholars may have advance degrees (MA or PhD) in a humanities field of study and/or regular appointments at an institution of higher learning, or they may have developed a high level of expertise through immersion in a particular cultural tradition. Artists or authors are not humanities scholars unless they also fulfill these criteria.

3. Be intended for a public or school audience. Although sponsoring organizations may design programs for target audiences, the programs must be accessible to people outside of the organization’s membership.

4. Be presented in a site that is accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or sponsors must make reasonable accommodation.

5. Be founded on an excellence and viable idea. Applicants must show evidence of ability to implement that idea and execute it within the grant period.

Indiana Newspapers in Education Foundation Award:

While the goal of the Humanities Initiative Grant is to support public programming covering a broad range of humanities topics, Indiana Humanities will set aside funds to award at least one grant each year that is dedicated specifically to a media literacy project.

1) Examples of Media Literacy Projects

According to the Center of Media Literacy, “Media literacy is a 21st century approach to education. It provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms—from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy.”

The following are some examples of media literacy projects that the Indiana Newspapers in Education Foundation is interested in funding—though consideration will be given to other ideas as well.

-Development of materials for students to assist them in accessing, analyzing, and evaluating specific news stories in newspapers and comparing them to other media sources.
-Teacher workshops, public lectures, and town-hall-type discussions on fake news in newspapers and other media.
-Development of lesson plans to distinguish fact vs. opinion in newspapers (digital or print) and follow-through in the classroom. These plans may include elements of comparing and contrasting between various media sources.
-Projects to help students understand the role of newspapers as the “watchdog of government” and the importance of being an informed citizen in a democratic society.
-Plans for introducing students to digital newspapers and how to include them in research projects.
-Teacher workshops on the First Amendment of the US Constitution as it applies to freedom of the press.
-Projects for using print or digital newspapers in the classroom. These should include the study of current events and how they affect students’ daily lives.

2. Requirements and Restrictions

In general, the requirements and restrictions for this grant are the same as the Humanities Initiative Grant, with the following clarifications:

-Grants must be made to a tax-exempt Indiana organization. Individuals or newspapers must apply through a school, district, public library, or other nonprofit entity supporting the project.
-The target audience must be students or teachers (K-12 or college/university), though components of the program may also benefit the public at large.
-All proposals must include an element that can be shared with others; the goal is to help teachers, librarians, news outlets and others replicate and promote the work.
-While grant recipients are required to involve a humanities scholar in project planning and implementation, some flexibility is offered. The key is to demonstrate that the project will include qualified experts, whether teachers, librarians, professors, journalists or others—who are capable of education students about the concepts behind media literacy. All applicants should clearly demonstrate that their project includes the right mxi of personnel to successfully plan, implementation and evaluate their work.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177705

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be implemented within a year of the award date.

Round One projects may begin April 1, 2018. Round Two projects may begin October 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be an Indiana nonprofit organization with tax-exempt status. Schools, public libraries, and government entities are eligible; 501(c)(3) status is not required. However, grants will not be made to individuals.

For the Indiana Newspapers in Education Foundation Award, grants must be made to a tax-exempt Indiana organization. Individuals or newspapers must apply through a school, district, public library, or other nonprofit entity supporting the project.

Grants cannot be used for:
-Political action or advocacy
-Social services
-Construction or revelation
-Property or major equipment purchases
-Religious practices or training
-Scholarship or prizes
-Creation or performance of art
-Publication of books
-Operating expenses
-Alcoholic beverages
-Refreshments or entertainment (unless it’s a key education component of the program, e.g. a workshop on frontier foods or Indiana’s jazz heritage.)

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must demonstrate at least an equal match in cash or in-kind contributions from the sponsoring organization or other sources. Matching funds must come from nonfederal sources and ideally will demonstrate some level of community support for the project.

Round One:
-Deadline: January 29, 2018 (posted online by 11:30 PM)
-Projects May begin: April 1, 2018

Round Two:
-Deadline: July 30, 2018 (posted online by 11:30 PM)
-Projects May begin: October 1, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

George Hanlin, Director of Grants
317-638-1500 or 800-675-8897 ext. 128

Indiana Humanities
1500 N. Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Indiana