Humanities Washington’s Grants Program Begins New Chapter

Spark Grants fund programs throughout the state that promote conversation and critical thinking. Fall 2012 recipients received more than $77,000 for innovative programs aimed at sparking community dialogue. Letters of interest for the Spring 2013 round are due Jan. 25.

Get Lit 2012

Conversations were sparked at the grant-funded 2012 Get Lit! festival in Cheney.

STATEWIDE – Humanities Washington awarded more than $77,000 during the inaugural round of its new Spark Grants program. The awards went to 12 innovative programs aimed at sparking community dialogue. Presented by organizations based throughout the state, the funded programs include theater productions, film festivals, a community reads program, discussion series and more.

Humanities Washington recently refocused its project grants to support programs that fit with the organization’s mission of sparking conversation and critical thinking to help nurture informed, engaged communities across our state. The recipients of Spark Grants for Fall 2012, detailed below, all exemplify this commitment to critical thinking and dialogue using the humanities as a tool.

“We saw an amazing batch of applications for this initial round,” said Julie Ziegler, executive director for Humanities Washington. “With topics ranging from race relations to the environment, the programs chosen are sure to prompt important discussions in communities all over the state.”


Spring Grant Round
• Letter of interest due: Jan. 25
• Full applications due: Feb. 22
• Grant applicants notified of funding decisions: Week of April 8
• Funded grant activity can begin: April 15

Summer Grant Round
• Letter of interest due: May 3
• Full applications due: June 7
• Grant applicants notified of funding decisions: Week of July 22
• Funded grant activity can begin: Aug. 1

Fall Grant Round
• Letter of interest due: Sept. 6
• Full applications due: Oct. 11
• Grant applicants notified of funding decisions: Week of Nov. 25
• Funded grant activity can begin: Dec. 15

Grant recipients will be rolling out their programs over the next several months. All of these programs are open to the public. Look for more information, as details become available, on Humanities Washington’s online calendar at

The newly revamped Spark Grants review process is a multi-tiered, competitive process in which applications are vetted by Humanities Washington board members, community representatives and humanities scholars. In the face of government cutbacks, Humanities Washington has ramped up its fundraising efforts to keep its grants program robust.

Organizations throughout Washington are invited to apply for a Spring, Summer or Fall 2013 Spark Grant. Letters of Interest for the Spring 2013 Grant Round are due Jan. 25. For more information on the Spark Grants program, please visit the Grants section of Humanities Washington’s website, which includes guidelines, application tips and more.

Note: Organizations may only apply for a Spark Grant once in a calendar year, so please plan accordingly.


  • Book-It Repertory Theatre – Seattle
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Uncensored and Discussed
  • Contemporary Arts Alliance – Spokane
    Spokane International Film Festival (SpIFF) 2013
  • Eastern Washington University – Cheney
    2013 Get Lit! Festival
  • Friends of the Port Townsend Public Library – Port Townsend
    Port Townsend Community Reads: Contents May Have Shifted
  • Frye Art Museum – Seattle
    here:now at Frye Art Museum
  • North Cascades Institute – Sedro-Woolley
    Moral Ground: Exploring Environmental Values Through Art and Literature
  • Northwest African American Museum – Seattle
    A Community Conversation Series: The Intersection of Race, Sexuality, Identity and Culture
  • Northwest Film Forum – Seattle
    L.A. Rebellion: Creating a New Black Cinema
  • Vietnamese Friendship Association – Seattle
    World Café: Exploring Our Connections to Vietnam and One Another
  • Walla Walla Public Library – Walla Walla
    Big Idea Talks: A Collaboration between the Walla Walla Public Library and Whitman College
  • Washington State University Vancouver – Vancouver
    Recognition: A Conversation
  • Wing Luke Asian Museum – Seattle
    Public Programs in Collaboration with the South Asian Community

2 thoughts on “Humanities Washington’s Grants Program Begins New Chapter”

  1. John F. Kriss says:

    Dear Humanities Washington,

    Hi. Will there be any Grants given to individuals in 2013 ? I applied for one last year and would be interested in doing it again. Let me know. Thank you. Keep up the great work !!!!

    Take care.


    John F. Kriss

    1. Andrew Wahl says:


      Sorry, but our Grants program is set up for organizations, not individuals. Details about our Grants program, spelling out what is eligible for funding, can be found on the Grants section of our website. I’ll pass along your question to Program Director Ellen Terry in case she has any suggestions for you.

      Thank you for your interest in Humanities Washington!

      Spark editor and
      Humanities Washington communications director

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