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Grants to Montana Nonprofits, Schools, IHEs,
Agencies, and Groups for Humanities Programming

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Grants of over $1,000 to Montana nonprofits, schools, IHEs, government agencies, and groups to support a broad range of humanities projects serving public audiences. Applicants should consult with program staff prior to applying. All supported projects must have the following features:

-A central focus in the humanities
-A clearly defined theme
-Professional humanists involved in planning/executing
-No political advocacy
-A public program
-Publicity and evaluation plans where appropriate
-All applications for support of projects that involve Native American communities or cultures must demonstrate involvement of those communities or address why they are not involved.

Types of projects supported:
-Book festivals
-Media projects
-Museum assistance
-Oral histories
-Panel discussions
-Planning for humanities programs
-Public debates
-Reading and discussion programs
-“Other” (to encourage innovation).

The arts and humanities are not the same, which is why Montana is served by both an arts council and Humanities Montana. Arts programs usually focus on creation and performance. Humanities programs focus on the interpretive aspects of the arts: discussions about their historical or philosophical contexts, critical analyses of their methodology, lectures or films that look at the characteristics of different art movements or periods. Occasionally Humanities Montana grants modest amounts for performances when such activities are teamed with interpretations, such as when a play or dance is preceded or followed by a lecture or scholar-led discussion.

Humanities Montana encourages proposals that stimulate statewide dialogue on humanities topics, foster discussion between humanities scholars and the public, strengthen cooperative relationships among communities and cultural organizations (museums, libraries, schools, tribal organizations, etc.), and enrich civic discourse among the state's diverse cultures and across its geographical distances.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179925

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants seeking funding in excess of $1,000 should apply for Regular Grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Humanities Montana only awards regular and major grants to organizations, not individuals.

Eligible grantees:
-K-12 schools, Colleges, Universities
-Historic preservation societies
-State or local government agencies
-Business and professional groups
-Social service organizations
-Community, religious, or tribal groups
-Noncommercial media firms
-Ad hoc groups

Humanities Montana cannot fund:
-Projects that focus on personal instead of public concerns
-Non-public meetings of organizations (although Humanities Montana will consider funding programs open to the public but held in conjunction with a group's meeting)
-Construction, restoration, or operating expenses of existing organizations
-Equipment, property, or other capital purchases
-Museum or library acquisitions, except in unusual circumstances
-Lobbying or direct social action, or planning for direct action, or projects which advocate a particular course of action
-Projects that present a one-sided, uncritical treatment of an issue
-Projects that would raise funds for profit-making groups or for commercial purposes
-Meals or refreshments for an audience
-Alcoholic beverages or entertainment costs
-Candidates running for political office

Pre-Application Information:

Your cost-share to the project is the total of your In-Kind Contributions and Cash Income. Your total estimated cost-share must match your Humanities Montana Funds 1:1. For every dollar you request from Humanities Montana, you must provide at least a dollar of cost-share, either in cash, in-kind, or a mixture of both.

Before submitting an application, discuss your project with Humanities Montana staff. Staff will confirm whether your proposal meets the basic criteria, and will help ensure you submit a competitive application. Humanities Montana staff can guide you through the online application process, answer questions, review drafts, offer recommendations, and generally help you develop the strongest application possible.

Regular grant applications are reviewed three times per year. Application deadlines are December, 20, April 20, and August 20.

Applications can be submitted online any time. However, the Humanities Montana board reviews applications and awards grants only periodically following each deadline.

Applicants must adhere to the Required Federal Certifications:

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Kim Anderson, Director of Programs and Grants

Humanities Montana
311 Brantly
Missoula, MT 59812


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USA: Montana