General Guidelines

Eligible/Ineligible Expenses

Humanities grant funds MAY be used for:

  • Public forums or conferences
  • Lecture/discussion series; honoraria and travel for speakers and presenters
  • Book/film discussion programs about humanities-related topics
  • Interpretive exhibits and catalogues
  • Research (may be one component of the project, but not the sole purpose)
  • Publications (must be made available to the public)
  • Creative or performing arts that serve as a catalyst in a project in which humanities are central, and include interpretation and/or discussion of performances, concerts, literary and art works
  • Development of digital projects

Humanities grant funds MAY NOT be used for:

  • Advocacy or action programs, or social services
  • Travel for study or to attend conferences
  • Field trip transportation expenses and admission fees
  • Scholarships or academic credit
  • Construction or renovation; computers, property or equipment purchases (some rental is eligible); artifact restoration
  • General operating expenses
  • Food (except for resource personnel traveling to a project), refreshments or entertainment
  • Individuals; general operating support; fundraising activities

Humanities Professionals/Scholars: 

At least one humanities professional/scholar is required to participate in the project.

Humanities scholars, professionals, or community-based experts are educated in at least one of the humanities disciplines, often possessing an advanced degree, and remain current with studies in their respective fields. They may be teachers, writers, editors, librarians, archivists, curators, or persons otherwise professionally engaged. Scholars may also be derived from diverse cultural traditions where learning occurs outside the traditional academic environment. Therefore, some may be without advanced degrees but also qualify as humanities scholars because of their methods of inquiry, research, and teaching. Humanities scholars encourage dialogue, critical thinking, and analysis. They contribute knowledge, methods, and resources that are at the core of the humanities.