Communities around Washington have important stories to tell and issues to discuss. Humanities Washington’s grants program provides the financial resources for people to come together to talk, discuss, debate, feel, think, and tell stories through the lens of the humanities. We support existing efforts as well as new opportunities for grassroots projects conceived and implemented locally.
Humanities Washington’s grants program is made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Humanities Washington offers two types of grants:
Opportunity grants: Available to small or rural organizations for public humanities presentations. Opportunity grants do not require a funding match, and organizations may request up to $1,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year, and until all funds are distributed.
Washington Stories Fund grants: Awarded once per year to projects that highlight and share the little-known stories of a person or group whose contributions add to the cultural richness and health of Washington State. In 2018 we will award four grants of $5,000 to groups or organizations through a competitive process, and projects require a funding match. We are accepting letters of intent through June 8, with full applications due July 20. View the Washington Stories Fund guidelines here.
What is considered a public humanities project?
The humanities are the ideas, questions, and disciplines that help us document and interpret the world around us—and the “public humanities” bring these to the general public through wide-ranging programs and activities. Eligible programs help our communities understand complex social issues through disciplines such as history, literature, and philosophy. They provide a framework for examining how we think, what we value, and what it means to be human. By participating in these programs, we hone skills of inquiry, analysis, reflection, evaluation, and conversation, enriching both our private lives and our communities. Examples might be a community forum on a timely topic, or a panel discussion with the general public about some aspect of a community’s heritage.
Note: While Humanities Washington does fund humanities projects which interpret art, or use art or artistic performance to begin or enhance a conversation, we do not fund projects focused on the creative and/or performing arts.
What we do and do not fund
Humanities Washington does not fund the following:
- Projects focused solely on the creation of art. Humanities Washington does fund humanities projects that interpret art, or use art or artistic performance to begin or enhance a conversation
- Expenses incurred before funds are awarded
- Multi-year awards (for Opportunity Grants), though organizations may apply annually for funding for the same project
- Film and video documentary projects
- Research (except for radio documentaries/podcasts and websites)
- Development of humanities resource materials
- Book publications or CDs
- Academic or professional conferences, and travel to professional meetings
- Fellowships, scholarships, or prizes
- Courses which offer academic credit, or which provide professional development or skills-based training
- “How To” workshops and training programs
- Construction, preservation, or renovation projects
- Purchase of equipment
- Management and cataloguing of museum or archival holdings
- Museum, historical society, or library acquisitions
- Programs not open to the public (with the exception of school programs)
- Lobbying and fundraising activities
- Food, beverages, and entertainment for staff
- Overseas travel
Examples of allowable expenses include salaries and consultant fees, project-related travel and per diem, printing and publicity costs, equipment and facilities rental, and office supplies.
For more information, please call (206) 682-1770 ext. 107, or email Kristin Sullivan at email@example.com.
Click here for a list of the grants awarded in 2017. For more information, please call (206) 682-1770.
The third annual Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series focuses on women who have had an impact on America’s history. Some of the featured women are well-known, and some have been forgotten and ignored by historians. The presenter is Jill Tietjen, author of bestselling and award winning Her Story: A Timeline of the Women who changed America. […]
- 7:00 pm, Friday
May 4, 2018
- Whidbey Island Center for the Arts
565 Camano Avenue
Langley, WA 98260 United States
At this event, local formerly incarcerated authors will engage in a panel discussion and book signing. The purpose of this discussion is to help combat stigma related to formerly incarcerated people. Through hearing the stories of these individuals, the community will receive inspiration and a new lens through which to view the world. The stories […]
- 4:00 pm, Saturday
May 5, 2018
- Carwein Auditorium, Key 102 – University of Washington Tacoma
754 Commerce St
Tacoma, WA 98402 United States
This event includes free Native American oral history and storytelling performances during the 2018 Penn Cove Water Festival. Storytellers change each year but performers at the 2017 Festival included Lois Landgrebe, Rona Yellow Robe and Lou LaBombard, well-known and highly sought after Native American storytellers. Our hope is to secure them for the 2018 Festival […]
- 11:00 am, Saturday
May 12, 2018
- Historical Coupeville
Front St NW & NW Alexander St
Coupeville, WA 98239 United States
Dedicated to the theme of “Learn from Each Other”, the Kent International Festival (KIF) is an annual celebration of the cultures and diversity represented in Kent and South King County. Over the last 20 or so years, the city of Kent has shifted to a minority majority city and is one of the most diverse […]
- 10:00 am, Saturday
June 2, 2018
- ShoWare Center
625 West James St.
Kent, WA 98032 United States
As part of the SPLAB (SPoken word poetry LAB) Organic Poetry’s “Becoming Cascadian” retreat, keynote poet Andrew Schelling will lead a session and speak about poetry and bioregionalism. He will then be interviewed by SPLAB founder Paul Nelson, and attendees will be engaged in conversation about poetics and the Cascadia bioregion, as well as bioregionalism […]
- 2:00 pm, Saturday
June 2, 2018
- Redwing Cafe
9272 57th Ave S.
Seattle, WA 98118 United States
Dr. Laurie Arnold, Director of Native American Studies at Gonzaga University, will present “Indigenous Columbia Plateau Art: Historical and Contemporary Contexts” at the Confluence Gallery and Art Center during the exhibit “Snk’ lip Nc’ aps: Coyote Winked – Native Art from the Indigenous Plateau” (May 26 – June 30, 2018). The Columbia Plateau has been […]
- 12:00 am, Friday
June 15, 2018
- Confluence Gallery & Art Center
Post Office Box 716
Twisp, WA 98856 United States
The 2018 Tumbleweed Music Festival will feature over 100 acoustic music performing acts and workshops. Most attendees are from the Pacific Northwest, but the festival also attracts performers and visitors from more distant places such as California, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Orleans, Nashville, and Pennsylvania.
- 12:00 am, Friday
August 31, 2018
- Three Rivers Folk Life Society
Post Office Box 1098
Richland, WA 99352 United States
Spokane is Reading…Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart. Ms. Stewart will present two programs in Thursday September 27, 2018. Each presentation will include a reading and discussion of the themes of the book. This regional read program promotes a love of literature through conversations and connections with other readers of the same book.
- 12:00 am, Thursday
September 27, 2018
- Spokane Is Reading
906 W Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201 United States