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Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits for
Humanities Projects, Exhibits, and Events

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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West Virginia Humanities Council

Deadline Date:

10/01/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $1,500 to West Virginia nonprofit organizations for public humanities projects and events. Applicants are advised to contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is available for small projects, lectures, single events, brochures, small museum exhibits, planning phases of more complex projects, and consultations.

The term humanities includes the following: language, both modern and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, theory and criticism of the arts; those aspects of social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to diverse heritage, traditions and history and to the relevance of the humanities to the current condition of national life.

Eligible projects must:

- Be rooted in one or more of the humanities disciplines
- Have qualified humanities scholars directly and substantially involved in the project
- Be open to the public
- Have accurate budget requests, reflecting the actual costs of the project
- Have a comprehensive and adequate plan for publicity and dissemination of information
- Comply with federal nondiscrimination statutes

Allowable expenses for projects include the following: honoraria for scholars; salaries; travel costs including per diems, mileage and lodging; supplies and materials; publicity and printing costs; postage; telephone; and equipment and facilities rental.

Projects include, but are not limited to:

- Planning grants to bring in experts for project consultation
- Conferences, lectures, and symposia
- Educational school programs
- Brochures and booklets including printing and promotional costs
- Exhibit development and implementation
- Archival projects
- Archaeological projects
- Media projects, the planning, scripting, and production of audio or video materials, websites, or a newspaper series

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179956

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $1,500

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Council seeks proposals from nonprofit organizations that offer public humanities programming for West Virginia audiences.

Projects must be sponsored by a West Virginia nonprofit organization.

Organizations must have a Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) from the IRS and a current DUNS number.

Not Funded:

- Projects with little or no humanities content
- Creative and performing arts (associated discussion sessions and educational programs may be eligible)
- Fund-raising events or for-profit projects
- Expenses incurred or paid out before a grant is made
- Projects that have already taken place
- Projects with high admission fees (reasonable admission fees may be allowed and should be discussed with the grants administrator)
- Projects not open or accessible to the public
- Purchase of equipment or land
- Building renovation
- Permanent staffing (regular staff salaries)
- Overhead or indirect costs (operational costs)
- Receptions, food, alcohol or entertainment
- Academic courses for credit
- History Alive! presentations
- Permanent staffing or regular staff salaries

Pre-Application Information:

Before beginning the application process, applicants should contact grants administrator Erin Riebe. Plan to talk in detail about your idea and find out if it is eligible for funding.

Before completing a grant application, applicants must review the general grant guidelines and How to Apply information.

General Grant Guidelines:

How to Apply:

Minigrant deadlines are February 1, April 1, June 1, and October 1.

Applicants should allow six weeks between the deadline and the start of the project.

Eligible projects must have dollar-per-dollar matching funds.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Erin Riebe, Grants Administrator

West Virginia Humanities Council
1310 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25301

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia