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Oral History Grant

Grants to Mississippi Nonprofits, IHEs,
and Agencies for Oral History Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Mississippi Humanities Council (MHC)

Deadline Date:

09/15/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $2,001 to $7,500 and ongoing grants of up to $2,000 to Mississippi nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and government agencies for oral history projects that address the experiences of people within the state. Applicants must contact program staff four weeks prior to the deadline and are encouraged to submit a draft application for review two weeks prior to the deadline.

Groups may apply for grants to support oral history projects that relate to the experiences of Mississippians. Unless you have written permission from the MHC’s executive director, all grantees must agree to work with the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi, which will archive the interviews.

Oral history grant applicants are strongly encouraged to develop a plan to use, disseminate or exhibit the interviews once they are completed. Grantees working with the Center for Oral History must include a $1,000 consultation and archiving fee for the Center in the proposed budgets for regular grants, and a $500 fee for minigrants.

Humanities scholars should participate in all phases of the planning, conduct and evaluation of project activities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180375

Estimated Size of Grant:

Oral History Grants of $2,000 or less may be submitted anytime.

Oral History Grants between $2,001 and $7,500 must be submitted by the deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations or groups that apply for grants from MHC must be constituted for nonprofit purposes. It is not necessary that such organizations or groups be incorporated or have tax-Exempt status.

MHC does not award grants to for-profit entities.

All grant applicants must have a DUNS number.

Typical organizations eligible for grants include:
-Private nonprofit organizations
-Institutions of higher education
-State, local and federally recognized Indian tribal governments
-Community and cultural organizations
-Educational and professional groups
-Public agencies
-Non-commercial radio and television stations

MHC will not support the following:
-Programs that have an admission fee or registration charge
-Projects primarily intended to promote an organization or its programs
-Salaries of employees associated with the applying organization or other overhead costs
-Construction, preservation or renovation of facilities or purchase of equipment
-Acquisitions or additions to collections
-Alcoholic beverages
-Food costs for audiences
-Courses for academic credit
-Fellowships, scholarships and prizes
-Travel to professional meetings
-Individual research projects unless they are directly supporting a public humanities program
-Publications, or performances or presentations of works of art, unless they are essential in conveying the humanities content of the project to a non-Academic audience
-Projects that advocate or promote a particular political, ideological, religious or partisan point of view

Individuals and for-profit groups are not eligible to apply for MHC grants. While nonprofit organizations may collaborate informally to share grant funds, the name of only one organization may appear on the application. A staff member from that organization will be the lead organizer or project director.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant limits and deadlines are the same as for Minigrants and Regular Grants. Thus, Oral History Grants of $2,000 or less may be submitted anytime, but at least eight weeks before the project begins. Deadlines for Oral History Grants between $2,001 and $7,500 are May 1 and September 15.
Proposals must be delivered to the MHC office by 5:00 PM on these dates.

Via email or phone, applicants must contact the Executive Director or the Assistant Director a minimum of four weeks before the grant deadline you select to discuss your projects before submitting an application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a draft of their grant application, including proposed budget, at least two weeks prior to the deadline. MHC staff will offer constructive feedback and suggestions on how to strengthen the application.

Each organization applying for a grant must provide for the project’s cost-sharing contributions in cash and/or in-kind. The combined total of cash and in-kind contributions must at least equal the amount of MHC funds. Applicants are encouraged to be comprehensive in their in-kind calculations, which may exceed the number of grant funds requested.

The Mississippi Humanities Council requires that all grants over $2,000 (aside from racial equity grants) must be matched in part by cash. For grants greater than $2,000, a cash match of 10% is required.

Grant Information and Forms:

Contact Information:

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

Dr. Kevin Greene, Co-director of the Center for Oral History
(601) 266-6270

Kourtnee Harris, Executive Assistant
(601) 432-6752

Mississippi Humanities Council
3825 Ridgewood Road, Room 311
Jackson, MS 39211-6497

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