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Nevada Humanities Grants

Grants to Nevada Nonprofits and Agencies for
Humanities Projects Serving State Residents

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Nevada Humanities

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Deadline Date:

03/10/19 - Deadline for Project Grants and Planning Grants in excess of $1,000; Planning Grants of up to $1,000 may be submitted at any time; Mini-Grant applications are due at least 10 weeks prior to program date


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Matching grants of up to $5,000 to Nevada nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and educational institutions to support humanities activities benefiting the public. Projects may include a broad range of formats, such as discussions and lectures, as well as film screenings, local history programs, and projects that explore local culture and Nevada’s diverse heritage and unique places.

Nevada Humanities has four primary programmatic goals and gives priority to applicants whose projects meet one or more of its goals:
-To create community through conversation and to encourage civic engagement.
-To encourage critical thinking and reflection.
-To preserve and make accessible Nevada history and heritage.
-To strengthen cultural organizations.

Humanities projects are dynamic and may take many forms, including media programs and documentaries, exhibitions, forums and discussions, public dialogue and conversation, workshops, research or scholarly projects with public components, publications, educational initiatives and programs, and digital preservation. Whatever their form, such projects draw upon the humanities, address important issues, and enrich the state’s cultural life. They may explore topics as diverse as Nevada state and local history, traditional culture, civic engagement, oral history and community stories, jurisprudence, social justice, bridging cultures, Nevada’s landscape and built environment, sense of place, and contemporary issues of concern to Nevadans.

Types of Grants:
- Project Grants: Applications for project grant funds to support eligible humanities projects are accepted.
- Mini-Grants: Designed to respond to year-round, immediate programmatic needs of Nevada organizations.
- Planning Grants: May be used to engage the services of a humanities scholar, to host planning meetings, or to facilitate the planning of a humanities project – usually with the goal of assisting an organization to prepare a larger Nevada Humanities Project Grant proposal.

Humanities scholars strengthen a project by providing specialized knowledge and skills that encourage and facilitate the exploration of ideas and community dialog. Humanities scholars often have either formal academic backgrounds and credentials grounded in humanities disciplines, or expertise developed through professional training, experience, or immersion in a particular cultural tradition.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179352

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Project Grants: Up to $5,000
-Mini Grants: Up to $1,000
-Planning Grants: Up to $1,000

Term of Contract:

- Projects Grant activities must take place July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020. Project grants are normally awarded for projects that range from one to 12 months in length. The grant period ends the day of the last scheduled activity.
- Mini-grant projects cannot be funded after publicity materials have been released.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nevada Humanities gives grants to nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations and entities such as local and tribal governments, libraries, and educational institutions. All organizations must provide EIN and DUNS numbers when submitting their applications.

In addition:
-The humanities must be central in all funded projects.
-Humanities scholars must be involved in planning and implementing the project.
-For issues-oriented projects, applicants must ensure that diverse and balanced perspectives will be presented and that, when possible, there is outreach to audiences that hold different points of view.
-Grant requests are limited to $5,000.
-Nevada Humanities funds cannot support more than 50% of the total cost of the project.
-Applicants must comply with basic state and federal non discriminatory statutes.
-Grantees must retain auditable records of grant funds and cash and in-kind matching contributions and services for three years following the end of the grant period.
-Grantees must comply with federal regulations outlined with Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance, 2 CFR Chapter I, and Chapter II, Parts 200, 215, 220, and 230, as set forth in the administrative requirements that apply to regrantees in NEH’s General Terms and Conditions for General Support Grants to State Humanities Councils.
-The grantee may copyright any books, publications, films or other copyrightable materials developed with grant funds. However, the United Stated government, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Nevada Humanities retain royalty free, irrevocable, worldwide, non-exclusive license to use and authorize others to use such materials for nonprofit, educational purposes.

Use of a Fiscal Agent:

Incorporated nonprofit organizations that have not received tax-exempt status through the Internal Revenue Service may apply using a Fiscal Agent, which is an incorporated, nonprofi, tax-exempt organization that is eligible to apply for Nevada Humanities grants. If an organization intends to apply using a Fiscal Agent they must contact Nevada Humanities prior to submitting a grant application.

Nevada Humanities does not fund:
-Projects in which the humanities are not central.
-Commercial (for-profit) enterprises or activities.
-Events closed to the public (except K-12 school programs).
-An institution’s general operating costs.
-Costs associated with renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, or construction, including architectural preservation.
-Indirect costs and salary for permanent staff (although indirect costs and salary may be used to meet grant matching requirements).
-Performing arts without an educational or humanities component.
-Projects that seek to persuade participants to adopt a particular political, philosophical, religious, or ideological point of view.
-Museum or library acquisitions.
-Cash reserves, endowments, and fundraising activities.
-Professional development, scholarships, or awards.
-Academic courses for credit or student work undertaken as part of a degree program.
-Equipment, property, or other capital purchases.
-Project expenses paid out prior to the award of a grant and the start date of a project.
-Meals or refreshments for audience members.
-Humanitarian programs and services.
- Project expenses paid out prior to the award of a grant and the start date of a project.

No funds from this grant may be used to pay costs of alcoholic beverages; nor may funds from this grant be used to pay for food, except in reimbursement of legitimate travel expenses. Necessary travel must be by the most economical means. Mileage may be reimbursed at current state or federal rates. If a privately owned automobile is used for personal convenience, travel will be reimbursed only up to the cost of round trip air travel to the destination. Air travel is reimbursed at economy or coach rates. International travel must be on American carriers. Per diem costs are allowed at the federally set rates for the state of Nevada.

No grant funds may be used for entertainment, social amenities, lobbying, or for direct political action or planning for direct political actions.

No funds from this grant may be used for construction, restoration, or equipment purchases unless included in the approved budget.

Pre-Application Information:

Nevada Humanities grant application deadlines:
- Project Grants (awards of up to $5,000): March 10 of each year
- Mini-Grants (awards of up to $1,000): Rolling deadline, but no less than 10 weeks in advance of program date.
- Planning Grants (awards of up to $1,000): Rolling deadline

Nevada Humanities grants are matching grants and require applicants to match awarded funds. Nevada Humanities grant funds may cover no more than 50% of the total cost of the project. At least 15% of the applicant’s cost share must be cash contributions. The remainder may be met with cash contributions and in-kind donations of time and services.

Nevada Humanities staff members are available to answer questions and to review draft proposals in the Las Vegas office.

All organizations are limited to two grant awards from Nevada Humanities in one fiscal year (November 1 – October 31). These may consist of no more than one Nevada Humanities Project Grant and one mini-grant or planning grant.

Contact Information:

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

The completed application must be submitted as an email attachment to:

To discuss a project or draft proposal, contact:
Bobbie Ann Howell, Program Manager

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Nevada