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Grants to North Dakota Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Schools for Humanities Engagement

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Humanities North Dakota (HND)

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Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Receipt


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Grants ranging from $1,501 to $10,000 to North Dakota nonprofit organizations, schools, government agencies, and groups to support humanities projects. Applicants must submit an intent to apply no later than September 1. Examples of project formats include exhibits, performances, lectures, discussions, seminars, presentations, and media productions.

Regular grants support program costs of humanities projects that bring historical, cultural or ethical perspectives to bear on topics and issues of interest to the state’s communities. These may take many different forms, but they have the following characteristics in common. They engage participants in thinking critically about fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning; promote better understanding of ourselves and others, past and present; are conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry, providing multiple viewpoints, where applicable; and involve partnerships between community organizations, cultural institutions, and scholars in the humanities.

Humanities North Dakota (HND) Mission & Vision:

HND invests in the people of North Dakota by creating and sustaining humanities programs that provide us with a better understanding of the past, a better analysis of the present, and a better vision for the future.

The humanities inspire a vision of a thoughtful, respectful, actively engaged society that will be able to meet the challenge of sustaining democracy across the many divisions of modern society and deal responsibly with the shared challenges we currently face as members of an interdependent world.

Special Initiatives:

2018 – The Pursuit of Health and Happiness:

HND is seeking projects that explore one or more of the following areas:
1. Historical analysis of healthcare policy debates in America from Founding Fathers until now, with emphasis on the meaning of, “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness”
2. Major ethical issues facing modern medicine, from stem cell research to end of life issues
3. A historical and/or critical analysis of the concept of happiness
4. The relationship between health and happiness from a humanities perspective

The Humanities:

The humanities explore the heart of the human experience by encouraging reflection on its nature and value through literature, history, and philosophy. The humanities also encompass time-tested methods of inquiry— dialogue, historical and logical analysis, critical interpretation and scholarly investigation.

The specific disciplines of the humanities are usually defined along familiar academic lines. They include: literature, history, philosophy, comparative religion, the history, interpretation and criticism of the arts, archaeology, jurisprudence, linguistics, modern and classical languages, and areas of the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, psychology, economics, and political science) that use qualitative, historical, or cultural approaches.

Humanities projects funded by the Humanities North Dakota bring historical, cultural or ethical perspectives to bear on topics and issues of interest to the state’s communities. These may take many different forms, but they have the following characteristics in common. They:

-Engage participants in thinking critically about fundamental questions of value, purpose, and meaning
-Promote better understanding of ourselves and others, past and present
-Are conducted in a spirit of open and informed inquiry, providing multiple viewpoints, where applicable
-Involve partnerships between community organizations, cultural institutions, and scholars in the humanities

Scholars or Experts in the Humanities:

HND encourages grant applications that include the involvement of scholars or experts in the humanities. A scholar is generally an individual with an advanced degree (MA or PhD) in one of the humanities fields listed above. However, an individual without an advanced degree in the humanities may qualify as an expert by virtue of his or her special knowledge, experience, or contribution to humanities discourse. For example, writers, and Native American elders or tribal representatives may fit into the latter category. If you have questions about your expert’s qualifications contact the HND staff. Projects where the humanities are a central focus may qualify without the assistance of a scholar or expert. Please check with the HND staff.

Eligible expenditures include honoraria for scholars and consultants; travel and per diem; printing and publicity; equipment and facilities rental; program materials, including film rental; and exhibit production costs. Indirect costs are also eligible expenditures provided that the applicant has a federally negotiated indirect cost rate or is using the “de minimis” indirect cost rate (10%).

General Grants:

General grants must be centered in the humanities, involve humanities scholars, and be designed to attract a public audience. Most projects will involve a public presentation of some kind. Formats vary but may include:

-Lectures and discussions
-Interpretations of performances
-Conference presentations, if the entire conference is open to public audiences oral histories
-Radio, video, and film documentary productions
-Cultural presentations
-Language preservation projects
-Teacher seminars
-Planning for future HND-eligible projects

Partnership Grants:

HND provides special opportunities to collaborative organizations for partnership grants. Partnership grants are generally larger in size than regular competitive grants and involve a formal partnership agreement with HND to provide programming. Contact the HND staff to discuss partnership proposal ideas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178632

Estimated Size of Grant:

$1,501 to $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

Any nonprofit organization may apply, including schools, churches, community service groups, museums, historical societies, libraries, colleges, governmental or tribal entities, and ad hoc groups formed for the purpose of a specific project. It is not necessary for the sponsor to be incorporated or to have tax-exempt status. HND encourages community organizations to work together on a grant proposal. Out-of-state organizations may not apply.

Organizations that currently have open grant awards with HND are also eligible to apply; organizations with past- due grant reports will not be eligible until all past-due reports are submitted and accepted by HND.

HND's mission is to bring the humanities off campuses and into communities. If colleges or universities apply for grant funding, HND encourages them to host their projects off campus, in whole or part, to accommodate the general public.

Expenditures or Projects Not Eligible for Grant Funding:
-Projects not open to the public
-Academic fees or other degree-related expenses
-Academic research, not related to a public program (the public program must be the driving force for the research)
-Grants to individuals
-Internships, scholarships, or travel to professional meetings
-Non-economy or extensive domestic travel
-Book or website publication
-Fundraising or for profit activities
-Restoration work
-Art creation, exhibits, or performances in the arts, unless their primary role is to foster analysis or interpretation Construction work
-Equipment purchases
-Museum or library acquisitions or preservation of collections
-Political action; programs that examine controversial issues without taking into account competing perspectives
-Normal operating costs
-Salaries for permanent employees
-Entertainment, awards, beverages, food, first-class air travel, or gifts
-Expenses incurred before the grant is awarded
-Other restrictions may apply.

Note: With the exception of salaries for permanent employees and first-class air travel, these expenses may NOT be used as cash or in-kind match on grant applications.

Pre-Application Information:

All awards must be matched by cash or in-kind contributions.

To demonstrate their community's interest and support, all applicants must offer a minimum amount in cost-share that equals or exceeds the requested funds. Large and small grants require at least $1.50 contribution for every $1 in requested funds. Sponsors are allowed to use both cash match and in-kind match to meet the cost-share requirement. However, organizations with yearly operating budgets over $100,000 must provide at least 50¢ in Cash Cost-Share for every $1.00 in HND funds requested.

Cash Match refers to money spent on the project by the applicant from sources other than HND or NEH. These amounts may include goods and/or services purchased or paid for by the applicant and the percentage of staff salaries directly involved in the project. This also includes any income earned as a result of this project (e.g., admission or registration fees), which will directly support the project. You must indicate the cost to participants in the grant application, if a fee is to be charged.

In-kind Match refers to non-cash contributions, which are calculated by attributing a dollar value on the goods and/or services donated to the project by a third-party (e.g., donated printing costs or advertising, volunteer time and travel, donated use of a room).

NEH has adopted the use of D-U-N-S numbers as a way to keep track of how federal grant money is dispersed. Therefore, all institutional grantees must obtain a D-U-N-S number before the HND can disperse any awarded funds. If your institution needs to obtain a free D-U-N-S number, please follow the instructions found here:

Note: Please list the D-U-N-S Number for the organization the Fiscal Agent represents.

All grants must submit an intent-to-apply form to be considered for full funding.

Applicants requesting a Partnership Grant should contact HND staff to discuss proposal ideas.


​Intent-To-Apply Form Due:
-February 1
​-May 1
-September 1

Grant Application Due:
-March 1
-June 1
-October 1

​Grant Decision:
-April 15
​-July 15
-November 15

Grants MUST be received in the HND offices ON the grant application due date. Late applications will be rejected.

Contact Information:

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

Kenneth Glass, Associate Director
1-800-338-6543 / 701-255-3360

Humanities North Dakota
418 Broadway E., Suite 8
PO Box 2191
Bismarck, North Dakota 58502-2191

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Dakota