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Quantum Leap Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Schools, and Agencies
for Projects Integrating the Humanities with STEM

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Indiana Humanities

Deadline Date:

07/30/18 Posted online by 11:30 PM


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, government agencies, churches, and community organizations for projects that incorporate STEM with the humanities. Proposals are encouraged for humanities projects that incorporate science, technology, math, medicine, and engineering.

Quantum Leap Grants will allow organizations to invent their own programs that explore the intersection of STEM and the humanities. Indiana Humanities is especially eager to support experimental ideas that not only combine STEM and the humanities but also fuse together formats and methods in unexpected and creative ways.

Indiana Humanities is open to a variety of project formats, including but not limited to reading and discussion series, exhibitions, radio or film documentary projects, scholar talks, the creation of new curriculum for K–12 students and other creative mediums, so long as they stay true to one or more of Quantum Leap’s three animating ideas:

-Projects or programs that explore and celebrate the spirit of possibility and problem solving that occurs when bridging the humanities with science, technology, engineering, math and medicine.

-Projects or programs that share how Hoosiers have, do and could innovate in the STEM fields to create a better (healthier, happier, more prosperous and more fair) society.

-Projects or programs that create space for Hoosiers to wrestle with the changes wrought by STEM innovation, both exciting and scary.

As with all Indiana Humanities grants, successful proposals will include input from humanities scholars, including as advisers, presenters or facilitators. Because these grants fund projects related to sciences as well, Indiana Humanities encourages applicants to include scholars from STEM fields when possible.

Projects must:

1) Contain a strong focus on the humanities. For the purposes of Humanities Initiatives Grants, Indiana Humanities uses the definition of the humanities provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities, which states that the humanities includes activities in the following disciplines:

-Comparative religion
-Theory, history, and criticism of the performing and visual arts
-Social sciences that have humanistic content and/or humanistic methods

2) Include humanities scholars in project planning and implementation. Humanities scholars are individuals with particular training or experience qualifying them as professionals in one or more of the academic disciplines of the humanities. Scholars may have advance degrees (MA or PhD) in a humanities field of study and/or regular appointments at an institution of higher learning, or they may have developed a high level of expertise through immersion in a particular cultural tradition. Artists or authors are not humanities scholars unless they also fulfill these criteria. Quantum Leap grantees are encouraged but not required to also include STEM experts as part of their project team.

3. Be intended for a public or school audience. Although sponsoring organizations may design programs for target audiences, the programs must be accessible to people outside of the organization’s membership.

4. Be presented in a site that is accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or sponsors must make reasonable accommodation.

5. Be founded on an excellence and viable idea. Applicants must show evidence of ability to implement that idea and execute it within the grant period.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182675

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4,000

Term of Contract:

Round One projects may begin April 1, 2018. Round Two projects may begin October 1, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An applicant must be a not-for-profit organization with tax-exempt status. Schools, public libraries, churches, community organizations, and government entities are eligible. 501(c)(3) status is not required. Grants will not be made to individuals.

Grants cannot be used for:
-Political action or advocacy
-Social services
-Construction or revelation
-Property or major equipment purchases
-Religious practices or training
-Scholarship or prizes
-Creation or performance of art
-Publication of books
-Operating expenses
-Alcoholic beverages
-Refreshments or entertainment (unless it’s a key education component of the program, e.g. a workshop on frontier foods or Indiana’s jazz heritage.)

Indiana Humanities wishes to call special attention to the fact that funds should not be used exclusively for equipment purchases. Consideration may be given to funding equipment if it’s a portion of a grant request and will support the overall goal of providing public programming that ties the humanities to STEM—but the focus of the grant request should not be on equipment.

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must demonstrate at least an equal match in cash or in-kind contributions from the sponsoring organization or other sources. Matching funds must come from nonfederal sources and ideally will demonstrate some level of community support for the project.

Round One:
-Deadline: January 29, 2018 (posted online by 11:30 PM)
-Projects May begin: April 1, 2018

Round Two:
-Deadline: July 30, 2018 (posted online by 11:30 PM)
-Projects May begin: October 1, 2018

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

George Hanlin, Director of Grants
317-638-1500 or 800-675-8897 ext. 128

Indiana Humanities
1500 N. Delaware St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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USA: Indiana