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Grants to Wisconsin Nonprofits for
Public Humanities Programming

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Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC)

LOI Date:

07/15/18

Deadline Date:

08/15/18 Receipt - Mini Grants; Major Grants deadline is 04/15/18.

Description:

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Grants of up to $2,000 and grants of up to $10,000 to Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for a broad range of humanities programs and projects aimed at public audiences. First time applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal draft at least one month prior to the deadline. All applicants are encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.

WHC grants fund projects across the state, in communities of all sizes, for participants of all ages and backgrounds. WHC has funded museum exhibits, book discussions, lecture series, guided tours, humanities festivals, oral history projects, teacher institutes, and various other programs.

WHC requires projects to involve experts in ways that bring diverse and balanced perspectives. Projects must be designed for a general audience (i.e. not a college or university audience).

All grant-funded projects must serve Wisconsin residents, although the subject matter does not have to be specific to the state.

The WHC awards two types of grants on a competitive basis:
-Mini-Grants
-Major Grants

Criteria:

The WHC uses the following criteria to judge grant proposals. WHC believes that strong public humanities projects:

-Reflect the interests of the community being served.
-Promote and strengthen connections between people within communities.
-Bring people together to explore and share ideas.
-Foster observation, inquiry, analysis, and/or reflection.
-Are firmly grounded in the humanities.
-Promote Wisconsinites’ understanding of the character and conditions—past, present, and future—of the places in which people dwell, and the ways in which people live.
-Reflect the sponsoring organization’s commitment to improvement.

Funds from the WHC may be requested for such reasonable project-related expenses as honoraria for humanities experts, per diem and travel expenses for project personnel, printing and publicity, facility rental, and materials necessary for the project. Ineligible expenses include capital expenses, indirect or overhead costs, expenses related to fundraising, any expenses related to an archival project, museum acquisitions, and staff salaries.

The humanities are the evolving ideas and the accumulated knowledge about human history and culture that help people make sense of their lives and encourage them to think imaginatively and critically about the world.

It can be helpful to think of the humanities in terms of the academic disciplines that they typically include:

-Archaeology
-The history, theory, and criticism of the arts
-Ethnic Studies
-History
-Languages
-Literature
-Religious Studies
-Cultural Anthropology Ethics
-Folklore Jurisprudence Linguistics Philosophy
-Women’s Studies

Digital Humanities:

The digital humanities is a dynamic field and projects such as websites, mobile applications, games, and virtual environments can significantly contribute to the public's engagement with humanities ideas. Evolving media technologies can empower communities and scholars to research and represent the humanities in interesting and original ways. The WHC is committed to helping fund the most compelling digital public humanities projects throughout the state. Projects that can be described as "digital humanities" should address the criteria described above.

Advocacy:

The WHC funds projects that address public policy issues; however, WHC look for projects that employ experts in ways that bring diverse and balanced perspectives to such discussions. The WHC does not fund projects that advocate for a particular position.

Race and Ethnicity:

The Wisconsin Humanities Council has a special interest in funding projects that engage in, or foster, meaningful community conversations about issues of race and ethnicity. Projects should use humanities expertise to support community dialogue, which may not advocate for particular political positions, but may speak directly to current concerns, such as police-community relations.

Projects with Work-Related Components:

As part of the Working Lives Project, WHC is seeking applications for public humanities projects that explore the past, present, and future of work. Working Lives grant proposals should follow the regular grant application process.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179510

Estimated Size of Grant:

WHC awards Mini Grants of up to $2,000 and Major Grants of up to $10,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be affiliated with a not-for-profit, Wisconsin-based sponsor and include a humanities expert as part of the planned program.

Any nonprofit organization in the state of Wisconsin, or unincorporated group that is formed for the purpose of implementing an eligible public humanities project, may apply for funding. Unincorporated groups do not need formal tax-exempt status.

All grant-funded projects must serve Wisconsin residents, although the subject matter does not have to be specific to the state.

Ineligible expenses include capital expenses, indirect or overhead costs, expenses related to fundraising, any expenses related to an archival project, museum acquisitions, and staff salaries.

The WHC does not fund projects that advocate for a particular position.

Pre-Application Information:

All grants require matching funds that are equal to or greater than the amount requested from the WHC. Matching funds may be cash and/or in-kind. Examples of in-kind match include the dollar value of facilities, services, talents, and the time that individuals contribute to a project.

There are four Mini Grant rounds. Applications must be received by: February 1, May 1, August 1 or November 1. Decisions are made by a WHC board subcommittee within one month of the deadline.

There are three Major Grant rounds. Applications must be received by: April 15, August 15, or December 15. Decisions are made by the WHC board in the following June, October, and February, respectively.

WHC encourages you to discuss your project with program staff. Staff can advise you on project design, help make sure your project meets the guidelines, and offer suggestions for developing a competitive proposal.

First-time applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft of their application for feedback. Please note that WHC requires draft proposals at least one month in advance of a grant deadline for proper review.

More information regarding humanities experts may be found here:
http://www.wisconsinhumanities.org/grants/involving-humanities-experts

More information about qualifying humanities disciplines may be found here:
http://www.wisconsinhumanities.org/about-us/humanities

RFP Information:
http://www.wisconsinhumanities.org/grants/request-for-proposals

Tips for Grantwriters:
https://www.wisconsinhumanities.org/grants/tips

More information about the Working Lives Projects focus be found here:
http://www.wisconsinhumanities.org/programs/current-programs/working-lives/grants-available

Contact Information:

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

Meg Turville-Heitz
(608) 265-5595
meg.turvilleheitz@wisconsinhumanities.org

Wisconsin Humanities Council
3801 Regent St.
Madison, WI 53705

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Wisconsin