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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Groups for Public Humanities Programs

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North Carolina Humanities Council

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Deadline Date:

07/06/20 11:59 PM Midnight


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Grants of up to $20,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, libraries, schools, museums, and groups for humanities programs of broad public appeal. Applicants must consult with program staff prior to submitting the mandatory Letter of Intent.

Typical expenses include scholar stipends, travel expenses including meals and lodging, publicity, and certain other expenses connected with a project of an extended scope. Project formats can include, but are not limited to, lecture/discussion series, exhibitions, presentations and workshops. The Council encourages programs which serve educators, veterans, and underserved communities in North Carolina.

The subject of the program must be within or addressed by one or more of the humanities disciplines. The humanities disciplines, according to the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), include but are not limited “to the study and interpretation of language, both modern and classical; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archaeology; comparative religion; ethics; the history, criticism and theory of the arts; and those aspects of the social sciences which have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods.”

Projects are expected to:

  • Connect the public and quality humanities scholarship through programs that respond to community interest, encourage dialogue, and stimulate audiences to think critically about a broad range of humanities topics.
  • Engage diverse audiences in the exploration of their personal and collective stories, asking fundamental questions about identity, work, and culture.
  • Provide a larger cultural, historical, and analytical framework to support critical thinking and foster more informed, understanding, and engaged citizens.

The Council encourages competitive proposal which include the following:

  • Encourage long-term collaborations and partnerships at the local, state and/or national level.
  • Forge partnerships with other institutions such as local cultural alliances, broadcast media stations, cultural heritage centers, university humanities programs, veterans’ centers, and libraries.
  • Foster more informed and engaged citizens by using humanities-based cultural, historic and analytic frameworks.
  • Include complementary components that deepen an audience’s understanding of a subject. For example, a museum exhibition might be accompanied by a website, mobile app, or discussion programs.
  • Engage either deep, community-focused subjects,or large national/regional projects.
  • To be competitive for funding, locally-focused projects should address topics that are relevant to the community and draw connections to broad themes or historical trends. 

Please note, support for media components of projects is limited to $5,000

For Eligible Grant Expenses and detailed Grant Guidelines, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181677

Estimated Size of Grant:

Maximum request is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

Large Grant projects should not begin earlier than November 1st, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be not-for-profit organizations (i.e., 501(c)3 or governmental units) operating in North Carolina, or a not-for-profit whose project focus is of interest to North Carolinians. While the North Carolina Humanities Council welcomes applications that involve educational institutions, the proposed project must reach a broader community of citizens. Humanities scholars with advanced degrees (at least an M.A.) must be involved in both the planning and implementation of funded projects.

Applicants must have an EIN (Employer Identification Number), current DUNs number registered to their entity, and an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM).

Successful applicants have included libraries, museums, religious institutions, universities, colleges, community colleges, tribal organizations, civic clubs, home-extension units, arts councils, city and county governments, community-based organizations, and ad hoc groups created for the sole purpose of carrying out a project.

The North Carolina Humanities Council does not award grants to individuals, nor does it grant scholarships or fellowships.

Ineligible expenses typically include, but are not limited to:
- Support for non-humanities centered projects, including the creative or performing arts
- Support to projects that seek to persuade the public to a political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Support for organizational or operational activities
- Support for publishing, academic, or research activities
- Paying for expenses for travel or venues in foreign countries
- Paying for air travel that is not undertaken on US flag air carriers
- Paying for food costs, except for the meals of program presenters or consultants
- Obscene, libelous, indecent, or defamatory content (hate speech, personal attacks, or harassment)
- Popular entertainment, liquor, or social activities
- Paying organizations or individuals that have been Federally debarred or suspended

For detailed Eligibility and Ineligibility Criteria, see:

Pre-Application Information:

LOI/Letter of Intent (mandatory): April, 16 2020 by 11:59 PM Midnight
Applications (by invitation): July 6, 2020 by 11:59 PM Midnight
Decisions are typically announced on the LOI phase in May, and on the Application phase in September.
Large Grant projects should not begin earlier than November 1st, 2020.

- It is strongly recommended that applicants begin the LOI online form three weeks prior to the LOI due date.
- Staff review of an applicant's draft LOI is only available until three weeks prior to the submission deadline.
- It is required to have a phone consultation with Council staff prior to submission of the LOI.
- Schedule the phone consultation with Caitlin Patton Stanley, Program and Grants Manager:


Contact Information:

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

Application Online:

For technical assistance, please call (704) 687-1521.

Caitlin Patton Stanley
Program and Grants Manager
(704) 687-1521

North Carolina Humanities Council
320 East 9th Street, Suite 414
Charlotte, NC 28202

Tel: (704) 687-1520
Fax: (704) 687-1550

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