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Public Humanities Grant

Grants to Hawaii Nonprofits and Public
Institutions for Humanities Programming

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities (HCH)

Deadline Date:

10/26/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $10,000 to Hawaii nonprofit organizations and public institutions for a range of public humanities projects. Applicants must contact program staff prior to beginning the application process. LOIs must be submitted at least two weeks prior to the deadline.

HCH gives grants to projects that best support its mission, which is to connect people with ideas that broaden perspectives, enrich lives and strengthen communities. Ideally, HCH-supported projects promote a better understanding and appreciation of the humanities among the general public in Hawai‘i. This is based on the belief that the humanities are crucial to personal and public lives.

The humanities are the study of what we think about ourselves, what we see as admirable behavior in other, what we think it means to be human. The humanities engage us through stories and ideas and help us make sense of our own lives and the world around us. By connecting us with other people through the examination and discussion of ideas about the human condition, the humanities afford us an understanding of how we lives as families, govern ourselves and participate in the global community.

The humanities employ certain methods or fields of study that allow for a “step-back” from reflecting on experience and provide a broader context and perspectives for thinking more deeply about our own and other cultures and times. These fields of study include, but are not limited to, the following: history; philosophy; literary studies; classical and modern languages; archaeology; ethics; comparative religion; jurisprudence; linguistics; and the history, theory and criticism of the arts; as well as fields within the social sciences, such as cultural anthropology, sociology and political theory, insofar as they address human values and ideas through philosophical and historical perspectives.

Funded projects take many forms, such as lecture series, panel discussions, interpretive exhibits, radio productions, websites, literature discussion groups, historical site brochures and much more.

Examples of eligible project activities and formats include:
-Community meetings, workshops, symposia and similar gatherings of non-academic audiences;
-Public lectures featuring speaker or panel presentations and general public discussion;
-Interpretive exhibits with accompanying programs and humanities viewers’ guides;
-Media and other audio-visual and new electronic formats;
-Publication and public presentation of humanities materials of interest to the community;
-Research in the humanities and presentation of results to the community; and
-Preservation of humanities resources combined with enhanced public access to these materials (e.g. digitization of archival records and a finding aid for access).

Successful humanities projects should promote public understanding and appreciation of the value and relevance of history, literature, philosophy, and cultural traditions.

Successful humanities projects can and do: inform us how the present is rooted int he past; reveal the subtleties of our intellectual and cultural heritage that define who we are; help us to understand other societies and world views in an increasingly interdependent world; clarify and examine the fundamental beliefs of our society; and encourage us to ponder such enduring questions as the nature of justice, equality, truth and individual freedom and responsibility at a time of diminishing resources and increasing technological complexity.

Public Humanities Grant Requirements:
-The project is done within a clear humanities context and content.
-A humanities scholar or expert in the field with knowledge of the subject will need to be a part of the project.
-The opportunity for the general public to experience the program for free or at a nominal cost. If there is cost for admission, at least one free public program to be presented.
-A concerted effort to publicize the program(s) made available through the grant project.

The Public Humanities Grant application process is competitive.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179390

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $10,000

Term of Contract:

Duration of grant project may not exceed one year from the start date to the end date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Nonprofit organizations serving the general public of Hawai‘i
-Public institutions serving the general public of Hawai‘i

Sponsoring organization must have a D-U-N-S (Data Universal Numbering System) number.

Ineligible Applicants:

HCH does NOT award Public Humanities Grants for:
-Projects that do not incorporate a clear humanities context and content;
-Creative or performing arts projects;
-Political advocacy, or lobbying;
-Social, psychological, legal or health services, training or counseling programs;
-Reception, food, leis, and entertainment;
-Administrative overhead;
-Building construction and operating costs;
-Purchase of property and buildings;
-Fundraising projects.

Pre-Application Information:

Before applying for a grant, you need to contact HCH director of grants and special projects, Stacy Hoshino. Please be ready to describe your project, including how it connects to the humanities and how it will reach Hawai‘i’s people.

All University of Hawai‘i System applicants need to contact Stacy Hoshino to set up a grant application account.

There are two parts to the HCH grant application process. First, applicants are required to submit online a Letter of Inquiry (LOI). Once the HCH approves the LOI, applicants are then required to submit a full application online by midnight on the appropriate deadline.

Letter of Inquiries are due two weeks before the application deadline.

Allow up to 48 hours for your Letter of Inquiry to be reviewed, and for a response regarding the status of it.

-February 16, 2018
-October 26, 2018

Grant Application Process:

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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.

Begin the online application process:

Stacy Hoshino, HCH Director of Grants and Special Projects
(808) 469-4551

Hawai‘i Council for the Humanities
3599 Wai‘alae Avenue, Room 25
Honolulu, Hawai‘i 96816

P: 808.732.5402
F: 808.732.5432

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USA: Hawaii