Foundation / Corporation
07/13/18 - Deadline for Grants $2,001-$5,000; 12/4/2017 - Draft Proposal Deadline for Grants $5,001 - $20,000; Grants Requests of $2,000 or Less are due by the first business day of the month
Grants of up to $2,000, grants of up to $5,000, and grants of up to $20,000 to Ohio nonprofit organizations for projects that will enrich K-12 teachers' understanding of the humanities disciplines. Applicants requesting between $2,001 and $5,000 must submit a proposal draft by November 15.
Ohio Humanities supports projects designed to enrich teachers’ understanding and appreciation of the humanities. Projects should provide a rich humanities experience that feeds success in the K-12 classroom.
1) Strong humanities curriculum:
-Projects should encourage reflection and discussion of specific humanities topics.
-Programs encourage teachers to situate and share stories in the context of the humanities.
-Projects that emphasize skills training, motivation and empowerment, or the process of learning are unlikely to receive funding.
2) Projects must be designed for Ohio teachers:
-Projects are for K-12 teachers and administrators currently working in Ohio.
-The project should include time for teachers and faculty to interact with one another.
-The ideal size for these projects is 20-25 teacher participants.
-Ohio Humanities encourages proposals that involve K-12 teachers or school administrators in the planning stages. The inclusion of a master teacher throughout the development and implementation is preferred.
-Projects should be available and of interest to teachers across a region. A project that serves teachers of a limited geographic scope (one district) is unlikely to receive funding.
-Project directors should be familiar with the professional development guidelines established by the Ohio Department of Education.
3) Follow-up programming:
-Projects should strengthen communication between partners such as universities and local school districts.
-Identify ongoing questions and concerns from teachers and administrators.
-Proposals should include an evaluation plan that includes follow-up surveys or other activities that determine the success of the enrichment experience after the core event is completed (3 months and 9 months later).
Ohio Humanities prefers to support:
-Stipends for humanities scholars and master teachers.
-Outreach costs to assure well-attended events.
Up to 50% of the grant can be used for the following costs:
-A travel stipend of $50 may be offered to teachers who attend.
-No more than 30% of a grant may be used for administrative costs directly related to the technical consultants.
-No more than 10% of a grant may be used for administrative costs directly related to the project, for fiscal fees, or the authorizing official.
Should tuition charges be necessary, applicants should use a formula of 1/3 from teachers, 1/3 from the university or sponsoring organization, and 1/3 from Ohio Humanities.
-A proposal will be judged on the strength of its humanities content.
-Credentials of the institute faulty.
-Potential for recruiting participants, especially from under served school districts.
-Reasonableness of the proposed budget (see general guidelines for budget principles).
-Commitment of the host institution.
-The option of CEU hours or graduate credit for attendees.
GrantWatch ID#: 181837
Grants of $2,000 or Less
Ohio Humanities funds cannot be used to support activities prior to the project start date.
Ohio Humanities gives grants to nonprofit organizations incorporated in the state of Ohio.
Ohio Humanities may request proof of nonprofit status at its discretion. Proper evidence includes 501(c)(3) letter, IRS 990 form, or a copy of the Agent Notification Form for Unincorporated Nonprofit Associations from Ohio’s Secretary of State.
Organizations must have a DUNS number.
All grant applicants are required to certify that they are not presently debarred, suspended, declared ineligible, or voluntarily excluded from participating in federally funded programs.
All grant applicants are required to certify that they are not currently delinquent in the payment of a federal debt.
All grant applicants are required to certify that they are in compliance with the Department of Labor’s Fair Labor Standards and all of the following federal nondiscrimination statutes: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
Grant Status with Ohio Humanities:
Organizations may only have one open grant with Ohio Humanities at any time. Organizations should complete all necessary requirements for previous grants before applying to Ohio Humanities for another grant.
Large organizations with many semi-autonomous departments or multiple sites may receive a waiver for this limitation (i.e. universities, public library systems, park systems).
For repeat or annual programs, Ohio Humanities reserves the right to shift requests for continuing support to an alternate grantline that requires a higher level of cash cost-share from the sponsoring organization.
Ohio Humanities is unlikely to fund:
-Projects that emphasize skills training, motivation and empowerment, or the process of learning rather than reflection on and discussion of specific humanities issues.
-Projects that emphasize the creative process or the art form (theater, dance, music, opera, visual, etc.) rather than the cultural, aesthetic, or historical contexts of art.
-Projects that focus on construction, preservation, restoration, or the purchase of collections for museums or libraries.
-Creation or purchase of a mural, memorial, monument, or plaque.
Ohio Humanities does not fund:
-Projects focusing on individual scholarship for academic or other specialized audiences.
-Book publication costs.
-Activities that result in academic credit, including fellowships or scholarships.
-Ohio Humanities may choose to offer special programs that provide continuing education units for certain professionals.
-A project that is to be used as a fundraiser for the sponsoring organization or other related organizations.
-Projects that do not present a balanced viewpoint.
-Projects that discriminate against persons or groups.
Educator Enrichment Grants are available in three amounts:
Grants of $2,000 or Less
The Grants schedules may be found here:
Applicants should contact a program officer before applying as the program officer can guide applicants through the process.
Each $1.00 from Ohio Humanities must be matched with $1.00 of cost-share from the sponsoring organization. Cost-share may be either cash or in-kind. Ohio Humanities gives greater weight to projects with cash cost-share raised from outside sources.
Educator enrichment projects supported by Ohio Humanities provide opportunities to build partnerships and leverage external funding. Therefore, applicants are expected to seek additional project support from local foundations and other external sources.
Ohio Humanities reviews Major Grant proposals twice each year. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline.
-July 12, 2017: Draft submitted by June 12, 2017 for projects beginning after November 1, 2017.
-January 5, 2018: Draft submitted by December 4, 2017 for projects beginning after May 1, 2018.
-July 13, 2018: Draft submitted by June 13, 2018 for projects beginning after November 1, 2018.
Ohio Humanities reviews Quarterly Grant proposals four times each year. Applicants should submit a full draft online before the deadline.
-Sept. 15, 2017: Drafts submitted by Aug. 15, 2017 for projects beginning after Nov. 24, 2017.
-Dec. 15, 2017: Drafts submitted by Nov. 15, 2017 for projects beginning after Feb. 23, 2018.
-March 15, 2018: Drafts submitted by Feb. 15, 2018 for projects beginning after May 24, 2018.
-June 15, 2018: Drafts submitted by May 15, 2018 for projects beginning after Aug. 24, 2018.
Grants of $2,000 or Less:
Drafts submitted online are recommended, but not required. The deadline is the first business day of each month and at least eight weeks before the start date of the funded activity.
Online Application Instructions and Resources:
Paper Application Instructions and Resources:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Online Application Portal:
David Merkowitz, PhD
471 East Broad Street, Suite 1620
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3857
Toll Free: 800.293.9774