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Grants to West Virginia Nonprofits for
Humanities Focused Media Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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West Virginia Humanities Council

Deadline Date:

09/01/18 Midnight


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Grants of up to $20,000 to West Virginia nonprofit organizations for the scripting, planning, and production of video or audio websites, newspaper series, and other humanities media. Applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Proposals are invited from nonprofits that provide public humanities opportunities for state residents.

The humanities include the study of language, both modem and classical; linguistics; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; art history; and some aspects of the social sciences.

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
-Conference travel (TAP grants)
-Media projects, the planning, scripting, and production of audio or video materials, websites, or a newspaper series
-Publications (Publication grants)
-Individual research (Fellowship grants)

* If your proposed project is not listed above, contact the Council regarding eligibility.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181138

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $20,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Projects must be sponsored by a nonprofit organization.

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
-Overhead or indirect costs (operational costs)
-Receptions, food, alcohol or entertainment
-Academic courses for credit
-History Alive! presentations
-Permanent staffing or regular staff salaries

Humanities Council policy prohibits funding regular staff salaries.  Further, regular staff salaries may only be included in the project budget as in-kind match; such salaries may not be used to meet the Council’s 25% cash match requirement for major grants.

The Council defines regular staff as anyone who will be paid whether the grant is awarded or not.  This includes part-time and temporary staff, graduate assistants, AmeriCorps and Vistas.  The grant award can pay contractors hired specifically for the grant project or others employed temporarily for that purpose.  It is the applicant’s responsibility to adequately explain the salary expense line in the budget narrative.

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.

Eligible projects must have dollar-per-dollar matching funds; and have a 25% cash match for grant requests of more than $1,500.

The deadline for media grants is September 1. Applications must be completed by midnight.

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

General Grant Guidelines:

How to Apply:

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, West Virginia 25301

P: 304-346-8500
F: 304-346-8504

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Geographic Focus:

USA: West Virginia