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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:

03/10/18 - 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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Grants to Nevada nonprofit organizations and government agencies to support humanities activities benefitting the public. Projects may include a broad range of formats, such as workshops, research, publications, discussions, documentaries, exhibitions, public dialogue, digital preservation, and educational programming.

The mission of Nevada Humanities is to use the traditions and tools of the humanities to build a more engaged citizenry.

As Nevada’s nonprofit council affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nevada Humanities serves the state from its offices in Reno and Las Vegas by creating public programs and supporting projects statewide that define the Nevada experience, feature local culture and heritage, encourage intellectual curiosity, and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans and their communities.

Nevada Humanities fosters cultural enrichment and connection for all Nevadans. By creating and supporting dynamic public programs that inspire engagement, it is possible to deepen a collective sense of place and belonging and encourage mutual understanding and empathy, which are the foundations of community and democracy.

In support of its mission, Nevada Humanities creates and supports public programs statewide that define the Nevada experience and facilitate the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans and their communities. These programs help perpetuate and disseminate local culture and heritage, improve quality of life, enhance education, and enrich life and thought. In addition, Nevada Humanities contributes to the economic health of Nevada by producing and promoting activities that stimulate heritage tourism and attract new business to the state, aid in fostering a creative and well-educated population, and support a diverse and important nonprofit cultural industry throughout the state. Nevada Humanities is one of 56 independent, nonprofit state and territorial humanities councils affiiated with the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Types of Grants:

Project Grants:
Applications for project grant funds to support eligible humanities projects are accepted.

Planning Grants:
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.

Mini-grants are designed to respond to year-round, immediate programmatic needs of Nevada organizations. The application process, forms, and guidelines for mini-grants are the same as for Nevada Humanities Project Grants. Grants are awarded as funds are available.

Nevada Humanities Funding Guidelines:

Nevada Humanities funds innovative humanities projects created primarily for Nevada audiences, or designed to enhance national or international understanding of Nevada issues, culture, and heritage. Nevada Humanities especially encourages projects that will engage diverse constituencies.

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.

About the Humanities:

The humanities are the stories, ideas, and words that help us make sense of our lives and our world. They help us shape our sense of individuality and community; they motivate us to ask who we are and what our lives should mean. They inspire us to consider our place within a global, as well as local, context and to explore all that connects and differentiates people across time and place. Through the humanities we remember our history, explore our present, and envision our future. The humanities help us address the challenges we face together in our families, our communities, and as a nation.

The humanities have traditionally involved, but are not limited to: the study of human social, political, and cultural development, which includes history and the social sciences; the exploration of how we communicate with each other and how our ideas and thoughts are expressed and interpreted, which includes literature, languages, and linguistics; the consideration of the meaning of life and the reasons for our thoughts and actions, which includes philosophy, ethics, and studies of belief; the examination of the values and principles that inform our laws; and reflections upon the creative process, which includes contextual approaches to the arts.

Humanities Scholars:

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. Nevada Humanities recognizes that knowledge may be acquired differently in various cultures and value such diversity of experience as consistent with general understanding of the humanities.

The humanities must be central to any successful grant proposal and humanities scholars must actively participate in the planning and implementation of the project.

Programmatic Goals and Funding Priorities:

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. Challenges of growth, individualism, and fragmentation are pronounced in Nevada, and humanities projects that bring people together on neutral ground to discuss significant issues can help build a stronger civic culture. Projects that address this goal might involve a literal or virtual gathering, or the communication or exchange of knowledge and ideas, through an exhibition, workshop, or radio program. Nevada Humanities also encourages projects that inspire and support deepened community engagement.

-To encourage critical thinking and reflection. Nevada Humanities encourages projects that facilitate a broadening of perspectives that expose audiences to new ideas and experiences, and the exploration of issues that matter to Nevadans. Nevada Humanities also encourages projects that inspire Nevadans to reflect on these issues and their significance to people as individuals, and as members of local, state, and global communities.

-To preserve and make accessible Nevada history and heritage. Nevadans hail from all corners of the globe and from all walks of life. Programs that preserve and make accessible Nevada history and heritage might expand and deepen our understanding of Nevada as a place, a landscape, and a home, and of our particular experiences as Nevadans, in all of our diversity. They might expand our understanding of Nevada history and its connection to regional, national, and international histories, and deepen our understanding of the diverse communities that make up contemporary Nevada. They might also encourage the documentation and sharing of the stories of Nevadans past and present.

-To strengthen cultural organizations. Nevada Humanities is interested in projects that expand the horizons and capabilities of the state’s cultural organizations. Humanities projects should be consistent with the applicant organization’s own goals and strategic plans, and to help realize, or even broaden, its goals and objectives. These projects might also expand the horizons and capabilities of cultural organizations in Nevada by developing new audiences, by deepening relationships with existing audiences, by encouraging collaboration and partnerships between organizations, and by supporting marketing efforts that increase the public’s awareness of Nevada’s cultural organizations, their missions, and their work.

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 (no deadline) or in excess of $1,000 (March 10 deadline applies)

Term of Contract:

Projects Grant activities must take place between July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Project grants are normally awarded for projects that range from one to 12 months in length.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Nevada Humanities grants are awarded only to nonprofit organizations and government 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.

If you include unallowable expenses as part of your grant request, Nevada Humanities may reduce the amount of your grant request accordingly. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the office for guidance.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The informational grant meetings to discuss these opportunities will take place in four locations and by individual appointment upon request.

The next grant meeting is scheduled for Friday, February 2 at 10:00 AM at the Elko County Library, 720 S. Court Street, Elko.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

The application deadline for Project Grants and Planning Grants in excess of $1,000 is March 10, 2018.

Planning Grant applications of up to $1,000 may be submitted at any time during the year.

Mini-Grants applications of up to $1,000 may be submitted at any time during the fiscal year, but no less than ten (10) weeks in advance of the proposed program dates.

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

For Reno office directions and access information call:
Mary Toleno

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