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Major Grants

Grants to Nebraska Nonprofits, Schools,
and Agencies for Humanities Activities

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Humanities Nebraska (HN)

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Grants starting at $2,000 to Nebraska nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, libraries, and museums for humanities projects. Please note that Nebraska residents must be the primary audience for all grant activities. Grants are given only for projects or programs that take place in Nebraska or have direct significance to Nebraska.

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. A resume of no more than two pages and a letter from the scholar explaining his or her involvement in the project must be included for every scholar.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 178680

Estimated Size of Grant:

Major Grants are for more than $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Programs may begin May 1 or later (March 1 deadline) or October 1 or later (August 1 deadline).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

Grant applications from organizations outside of Nebraska will only be considered if (1) their proposed project is about Nebraska and/or has direct relevance to Nebraskans and (2) there is a well-developed plan to provide Nebraskans with access to the results of the project.

For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible.

Humanities Nebraska CANNOT support the following:
-Individuals (must be a nonprofit organization)
-Advocacy or partisan objectives
-Direct action campaigns
-Operating costs, construction, or renovation
-Travel to professional meetings
-Profit-making projects
-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
-Occupational training
-Printing costs not related to public project
-Institutional planning and development
-Museum, school or library acquisitions
-Academic credit
-Research for solely scholarly purposes
-Universities, colleges or affiliated organizations for programs designed primarily for their students

Pre-Application Information:

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 applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with HN staff before completing an application.

The deadline for Major Grants is March 1 (for programs beginning May 1 or later) Aug. 1 (for programs beginning Oct. 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.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:;

Erika Hamilton, Director of Literary Programs
(402) 474-2131 ext. 104

Kristi Hayek Carley, Program Officer
(402) 474.2131 ext. 108

Mary Yager, Associate Director
(402) 474.2131 ext. 103

Humanities Nebraska
215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330
Lincoln, NE 68508

P: 402-474-2131
F: 402-474-4852

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USA: Nebraska