New 2015 Funding and Partnership Opportunities

Grants for little-known Washington stories, Prime Time Family Reading opens for applications, and new travel stipends for Speakers Bureau presenters are some of our new offerings for 2015.

  • April 2, 2015
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  • News & Notes
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  • By Humanities Washington staff
A Prime Time Family Reading in Kennewick

A Prime Time Family Reading in Kennewick

We’ve been busy. Very busy. In fact, never before at Humanities Washington have opportunities for grants or partnerships been this plentiful. Read on to discover the many ways you can engage with us to support the public humanities.

Do you know of a community whose stories need to be heard? Beginning May 1, the Washington Stories Fund will begin accepting applications. The purpose of the fund is to record and share with the broader community the little-known stories of people or groups whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of Washington State. Started with generous seed funding from the Lenore and Charles Hale Family Fund, the Washington Stories Fund is a tool to dismantle barriers and enhance cultural understanding. Funding of up to $5,000 will be available to a selected organization annually. For details, visit the Washington Stories Fund page.

Applications for Spark Grants are now being accepted, with letters of intent due August 28 for projects that encourage thoughtful consideration of issues and provide social, historical, and philosophical context to better understand our complex world. Grants range from $1,001 to $7,500. For Opportunity Grants up to $1,000, applications are accepted on an ongoing basis until funding is fully committed.

We are excited to introduce Think & Drink on Tap, an opportunity for organizations across the state to produce events similar to Humanities Washington’s popular Think & Drink programs in Seattle, Spokane, Tacoma and Yakima. Humanities Washington will provide a small grant, an implementation tool kit, and ongoing guidance from our knowledgeable staff, enabling easy presentation of hosted conversations on provocative topics of local, regional, or national interest. Think & Drink on Tap provides a way for communities to discuss, in a casual environment, the issues that matter to them. Check out our Think & Drink on Tap page for more information.

For organizations that are geographically isolated or who have limited funds, paying the travel expenses for a Speakers Bureau presenter can be challenging. That’s why we’ve introduced a Speakers Bureau travel stipend for qualifying organizations. For details, visit the Host Guidelines page on our site.

Since 2012, Humanities Washington has worked with library systems throughout Washington State to pilot and expand our Prime Time Family Reading program. Prime Time combines reading, storytelling, and discussion to explore the cultural and ethical themes presented in children’s literature. Prime Time, which is targeted at children ages 6-10 and their families, improves academic achievement, strengthens family bonds by emphasizing the importance of families reading together, and creates long-term library users. Humanities Washington will begin accepting applications for new Prime Time sites as of April 15, 2015. New partners receive training in the curriculum; assistance in selecting school partners, scholars, and storytellers; as well as funding for books and implementation. Check our Prime Time page for more details on the program and to apply starting April 15.

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