Regular Grant ($1,501 - $10,000)

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

GrantWatch ID#: 178632
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

North Dakota Humanities Council (NDHC)


10/01/17 Receipt

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Grants ranging from $1,500 to $10,000 to North Dakota nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, libraries, museums, churches, and ad hoc groups for a broad range of humanities activities. An intent to apply form is due by September 15. Funding is available for humanities projects that bring historical, cultural or ethical perspectives to bear on topics and issues of interest to communities throughout the state.

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.

Projects may take many different forms, but they have the following characteristics in common:

-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.

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 NDHC-eligible projects

The NDHC 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 NDHC staff. Projects where the humanities are a central focus may qualify without the assistance of a scholar or expert. Please check with the NDHC 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%).

Special Initiative for 2017-2018: In 2017-2018, the North Dakota Humanities Council is seeking to fund projects focused on justice in America, including racial disparity, poverty, mass incarceration, the death penalty, children in prison, and restorative justice initiatives.

$1,500 - $10,000

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.

The Council encourages community organizations to work together on a grant proposal. All awards must be matched by cash or in-kind contributions. Out-of-state organizations may not apply.

Not Funded:

-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.

Spring Cycle:
-Intent to Apply Form Due: March 15
-Proposal Due: April 1
-Grant Decision: May 1

Fall Cycle:
-Intent to Apply Form Due: September 15
-Proposal Due: October 1
-Grant Decision: November 1

Grants MUST be received in the NDHC offices ON the proposal due date. Late applications will be rejected.

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 NDHC funds requested.

Cash Match refers to money spent on the project by the applicant from sources other than the NDHC 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 NDHC can disperse any awarded funds. If your institution needs to obtain a free D-U-N-S number, please follow the instructions found here:

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

For information, call: 1-800-338-6543 / 701-255-3360

Or, email:

Kenneth Glass, Associate Director

Please mail submissions to:

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

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