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Agencies for Public Humanities Programs

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North Carolina Humanities Council

Deadline Date:

03/12/20 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $2,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations and government units for public humanities projects that include a humanities scholar. Funding is intended for the incubation, planning, and development of the project. Possible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Community conversation series in which diverse residents creatively address community challenges, guided by the perspectives of the humanities.
  • Permanent or traveling exhibitions available to public audiences.
  • Interpretation of historic sites, houses, neighborhoods, and regions, which might include living history presentations, guided tours, exhibitions, and public programs.
  • Proposed projects may also 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.

Allowable expenses include honoraria or travel/meals/lodging for humanists consulting on the project, to support planning meetings, or for research activities of a limited scope which are connected to a forthcoming public humanities project.

The subject of the project must be within or addressed by one or more of the humanities disciplines. The humanities disciplines, according to the NEH, include but are not limited “to the study and interpretation of language, both modern and classical; literature; history; jurisprudence; philosophy; archeology; 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.” 

As led by the organization’s mission and charter, the primary goal is to increase public access to high-quality humanities programming. Proposals from colleges and universities should demonstrate a commitment to reach an audience beyond the campus community. To be competitive, such proposals should show strong community collaboration, a well-defined outreach and publicity plan, and stated audience goals. 

Eligible Grant Expenses can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184851

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Up to $2,000.
- Council grant funds used to pay a speaker/scholar/presenter cannot exceed $400 per individual, per project component

Term of Contract:

Projects can begin no sooner than eight weeks from the submission deadline.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must be a not-for-profit organization (i.e. 501c3 or governmental unit) 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.

A humanities scholar is defined as someone with an advanced degree (at least an M.A.) in a humanities discipline. A wider definition includes cultural experts, such as community elders with special expertise in the life-ways, traditions, and worldviews of particular cultures.

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

The North Carolina Humanities Council cannot fund projects which center on the creative or performing arts (theatre, dance, music, or visual arts) unless the arts set the stage for a humanities program.

The North Carolina Humanities Council cannot fund projects which advocate social or political action as public funds cannot be used to advocate personal/political points of view.

Ineligible Grant Expenses can be found at

Pre-Application Information:

To be eligible for funding consideration, applicants can only submit proposals for projects which begin no sooner than eight weeks from the submission deadline of March 12, 2020 at 11:59 PM.

Grant awards are typically announced one month after the submission deadline.

Proposal consultations: NCHC staff strongly recommends setting up a consultation for smaller grants.

While staff is always available for questions, a full staff review of an applicant's draft proposal is only available upon request until 3 weeks prior to a submission deadline.

The North Carolina Humanities Council never provides more than 30% of the resources needed to fully implement a project. Applicant organizations and all persons and partners connected with a project must match North Carolina Humanities Council grant monies to support the remaining 60% of the project with other cash (from the applicant organization’s budget or other funders) and/or in-kind resources. This equates to a required 2-to-1 cost-share match for the amount of North Carolina Humanities Council outright funds requested (i.e. if you request $2,000 you must match at least $4,000).

DUNs Number Federal Requirement
- As of October 1, 2010, under the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act (FFATA), no organization can receive a subaward without providing a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to the awarding agency. A DUNS number is a nine-digit number established by Dun and Bradstreet, Inc. (D&B) to uniquely identify business entities.

System for Award Management Registration Requirement
- All grant applicants and grantees must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) to be eligible for Council grant funds.


Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
Caitlin Patton

Schedule a phone consultation at

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


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