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Collaboration Grant

Grants to Indiana Nonprofits, Schools, Libraries, Community Organizations,
and Agencies for Collaborative Programs Related to the Study of Culture

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Indiana Humanities

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07/31/20 11:30 PM


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Grants of up to $20,000 to Indiana nonprofit organizations, schools, libraries, community and faith-based organizations, and government agencies to partner with each other to present programs on the study of human society and culture. Applicants must submit an Inquiry Form prior to suibmitting an application. Funding is intended to support a range of humanities programs that capture the attention of diverse audiences and create widespread impact. Programs should help people learn new information, consider different perspectives, share ideas, and understand one another better. The Collaboration Grant encourages groups to work together to achieve this goal.

For more information about types of partnerships, see:

A variety of formats and approaches are considered; anything from a weeklong literary festival, to a series of public workshops over several months. To put forth a competitive application, however, you must demonstrate that your proposed project will engage wide audiences and have a meaningful impact on the communities in which the programs take place,

Projects must contain a strong focus on the humanities, including activities in the following disciplines:

  • Literature
  • Language
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Archaeology
  • Comparative religion
  • Law
  • Ethics
  • Theory, history, and criticism of the performing and visual arts
  • Social sciences that have humanistic content and/or humanistic method.

In addition, projects must:

  • Involve other organizations in the design and implementation of the project
  • Include humanities scholars in planning and implementation
  • Be intended for a public or school audience
  • Be presented at a site that is accessible according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Include a plan for execution

For more information about program requirements, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 184850

Number of Grants:

The Fund plans to award up to two Collaboration Grants in 2020.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant amount: up to $20,000

Term of Contract:

- Date projects may begin: October 1, 2020
- Date by which projects must be completed: Within two years of notification.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Collaboration Grant, you must apply on behalf of an Indiana-based tax-exempt organization and your collaborators should be tax-exempt, as well. Schools, public libraries, churches, community organizations, and government entities are eligible. 501(c)3 status is not required.

Collaboration Grants are not awarded to individuals. An organization cannot receive more than one Collaboration Grant per calendar year.

Indiana Humanities will not award grants for the following:
- Political action or advocacy
- Religious practices or training
- Creation or performances of art
- Social services
- Scholarships or prizes
- Construction or renovation
- Property or major equipment purchases. Funding may be considered for equipment, however, if it is a portion of the grant request and will support the overall goal of providing public humanities programming.
- Publication of books
- Operating expenses
- Alcoholic beverages
- Entertainment, unless it's a key educational component of the program.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Upcoming Grants Workshops:
- Jan. 22, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bedford Public Library, 1323 K St., Bedford
- March 6, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Gary Public Library, 220 W. 5th Ave., Gary
- March 12, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Wayne County Historical Museum, 1150 N. A St., Richmond
- Nov. 10, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Kokomo-Howard County Public Library, 220 N. Union St., Kokomo
- Nov. 17, 9 to 10:30 a.m., Kosciusko County Community Foundation, 102 E. Market St., Warsaw

To register, see the "URL for Full Text" link below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application deadline: Inquiry form due April 30, 2020; full application due July 31, 2020, 11:30 PM
- Notifications: About six weeks after the application deadline.
- Date projects may begin: October 1, 2020
- Date by which projects must be completed: Within two years of notification.

If you're interested in applying for a Collaboration Grant, please review the grant guidelines then complete the Inquiry Form. An Indiana Humanities staff member will review the form and will contact you either via phone or email to acknowledge its receipt and possibly to ask for additional information and/or provide guidance. If the staff member feels that your project aligns with the goals of the Collaboration Grant, he or she will ask you to submit a full proposal. If you're invited to apply, you must do so using Indiana Humanities' online application system.

The Fund is available to support you as you prepare your inquiry form and application, and encourages you to reach out if you have questions or concerns about whether your idea aligns with the goals of the Collaboration Grant. For help, contact George Hanlin, Director of Grants (see details, in Contact Information, below).

This grant requires at least a 50% cash/in-kind match. Matching funds must come from non-federal sources and ideally will demonstrate a level of community support for the project.

Additional information:

Contact Information:

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

To apply online:

George Hanlin, Director of Grants
1500 N. Delaware Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

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