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Grants to North Carolina Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools,
and Groups for Large-Scale Public Humanities Projects

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North Carolina Humanities Council

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Deadline Date:

07/05/19 Midnight


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Grants of up to $20,000 to North Carolina nonprofit organizations, government agencies, IHEs, libraries, schools, museums, and groups to engage public audiences in the humanities. A Letter of Intent must be submitted prior to the submission of a full application. Funding is intended for humanities projects of extended scope that involve both humanities scholars and wide, community-based public audiences.

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

Project criteria:
- 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.
- Projects are expected to engage diverse audiences in the exploration of their personal and collective stories, asking fundamental questions about identity, work and culture.
- Projects are expected to 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.

All proposals must:
- Be grounded in sound humanities scholarship and be public in nature
- Provide analytical interpretation to deepen public understanding of significant humanities questions
- Involve a team of humanities scholars and community leaders who contribute to all phases of the project
- Attract a broad public audience or target a particular group underserved by the humanities
- Offer engaging content approached through an appropriate variety of perspectives
- Encourage dialogue and the exchange of ideas.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 181677

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum request is $20,000.

Term of Contract:

- Large grant projects should not begin earlier than November 2019.
- Funding is for projects that begin no less than eight weeks from the award decision for large grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must be a nonprofit organization with an EIN (Employer Identification Number) and current DUNs number registered to their entity. 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 Council CANNOT provide support for non-humanities centered projects, including:
- Support projects that center on the creative or performing arts (theater, dance, music, or visual arts) unless the arts set the stage for a humanities program.
- Support self-help or problem-solving endeavors
- Develop dramatic adaptations of literary works
- Support projects that center on health and social services unless they set the stage for a humanities program.

The Council CANNOT provide support to projects that seek to persuade the public, including:
- Support projects that seek to persuade participants of a particular political, religious, or ideological point of view
- Support projects that advocate a particular program of social action

The Council does not provide support for organizational or operational activities, including:
- Purchase organizational non-expendable items, such as equipment, buildings, art, artifacts, etc. above an immaterial value threshold of $500.
- Pay salaries to individuals who are administering the grant or supporting the project as part of a salaried job
- Pay for professional development or for new staff hires
- Pay for general operations, renovation, restoration, rehabilitation, or construction, strategic planning or feasibility studies
- Pay for indirect or overhead costs for a project

The Council does not provide support for publishing or academic research activities, including:
- Pay for projects primarily devoted to research rather than interpretation for the general public
- Pay for preservation, cataloging, or archiving projects that do not include significant interpretive components
- Pay to develop print or digital publications (including encyclopedias) that are not an integral part of the larger project for which funding is requested

Additionally, the Council CANNOT provide support for the following activities:
- Pay for expenses for travel or venues in foreign countries
- Pay for food costs, except for the meals of program presenters or consultants
- Pay for projects intended primarily for students in formal learning environments or that satisfy requirements for educational degrees or formal professional training (though projects may include components that can be used in classrooms).
- Support for obscene, libelous, indecent, or defamatory content (including hate speech, personal attacks, or material constituting harassment).
- Support popular entertainment for diversion, liquor, or social activities. In
conjunction with project activities, applicants may provide refreshments and/or lunches and dinners for their audiences through local cash contributions.
- Please note, support for media components of projects is limited to $5,000.

The Council CANNOT fund organizations that have been Federally Debarred or Suspended.

Pre-Application Information:

The Large Grant application process consists of two phases, a Letter of Intent and application:
- Letter of Intent (mandatory): April, 17, 2019 at midnight (this is an online form)
- Final Proposals (by invitation): July 5, 2019 at midnight (this is an online form).

Please note it is required to have a consultation prior to submission of an LOI. While staff is always available for questions, a full staff review of an applicant's draft proposal is only available upon request until 2 weeks prior to a submission deadline.

No organization can receive a sub grant award without providing a Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number to the awarding agency. This number can be obtained from D&B by telephone at 866 705-5711 or through their website:

For Large grants, decisions are typically announced on the LOI phase in May and on the application phase in September.

Application FAQs:

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Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

For technical assistance with your application please call 704.687.1521.

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North Carolina Humanities Council
320 East 9th Street, Suite 414
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 687-1520
Fax: (704) 687-1550

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