Educator grant applications are now closed. Notification for the fall application will be made by October 1.

To help celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2023 and spark the next 50 years of humanities learning, programming and exchange, Humanities Nebraska is offering $1,000 grants to Nebraska educators to support innovative humanities education programs during the 2023-24 school year. No matching funds are required!

Eligible Applicants:

  • Must be a full-time educator.
  • Must apply through a sponsoring Nebraska school / nonprofit organization that educates students within the Pre-K through grade 12 range. (Humanities Nebraska is not able to fund individuals directly.)
  • A maximum of one application may be submitted per sponsoring school / nonprofit organization. A district or nonprofit organization that serves multiple schools may submit multiple applications, but only one application per school. Applications from prior grantees are permitted, but new applicants will have priority.
  • A group of educators may apply for a single grant with one full-time educator serving as the lead applicant. That lead applicant will be responsible for coordinating the grant requirements, including gathering information for the grant report.
  • Any sponsoring school / nonprofit organization with an overdue grant report to Humanities Nebraska is not eligible to apply.

Additional Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible Projects: 

Innovative ways to help students think about and discuss “what it means to be human” in such subjects as Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History/Theory/Criticism, Economics, Ethics, Folklore, History, Human Geography, Jurisprudence, Language, Linguistics, Literature, Multi-cultural Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, or Sociology. The project may serve students in any single grade or combination of grades from Pre-K through grade 12. The project may directly involve students or may prepare educators to lead innovative learning projects.

Eligible Expenses:

Includes, but is not limited to, books, software, activity kits, curriculum fees, supplies, equipment, field trip expenses, speaker expenses, and professional development including conferences, fellowships and in-services. Expenses must have a clear humanities purpose. Funds must be used before August 1, 2024.

Ineligible Expenses:

Grant may not be used to pay for food, student travel to annual events such as state competitions, or expenses for projects that advocate a particular religious or political view. Due to Humanities Nebraska guidelines, this funding must not be used for lobbying, fundraising, the purchase of alcoholic beverages, or the purchase, construction, or renovation of land or facilities.

Application Deadline for Fall Grant Round is September 1, 2023

Applications must be submitted in the Humanities Nebraska online grant system before 11:59 pm CST on the day of the deadline to be considered.

Grant Notification:

Applicants will receive an email notification of their award status. Award notification will be made by October 1, 2023. Successful applicants will need to log in to the HN grants system to view the terms and conditions and accept the grant.

Selection Process:

Proposals will be evaluated by:

  • Educator qualifications
  • Project impact and innovation

Educators in central and western Nebraska are especially encouraged to apply. Priority may be given to educators working with underserved students based on geography, economic conditions, ethnic background or disability.


Contact Grants Management & Outreach Coordinator Katie Bradshaw at 402-474-2131 or [email protected].

2023 Educator Grant Recipients ($1,000 each)

Alliance High SchoolAllianceWriting Poetry Project
Arnold Public SchoolsArnoldCuster County Historical Project
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster CountyLincolnPark Middle School Photo Voice
 andMulticultural Night at North Star High School
 andMulticultural Night at Northwest High School
Bridgeport SchoolsBridgeportNovel Exploration and Living History Museum
Burwell High SchoolBurwellNebraska Authors a Focus on their Impact In Reading
Cathedral of the Risen ChristLincolnSocial Emotional Literature Project
Elmwood-Murdock Elementary SchoolElmwoodExploring Literature Through Art
Family Service LincolnLincolnSpring Break Camp: Exploring Humanities Through the Arts
Film Streams, Inc.LincolnSchool to Screen
Friedel Jewish AcademyOmahaConnecting the Unconnected 6th Grade Curriculum
G. Stanley Hall ElementaryLa VistaHawks as Human Project
Immanuel Lutheran SchoolColumbusDBQs and novels
Lincoln High SchoolLincolnNative American Studies
Marian High SchoolOmahaSummer Reading Program
Mitchell Jr./Sr. High SchoolMitchellNelson Mandela Presentation Project
Nebraska State MuseumLincolnDingelhopper Dilemma – Learning to Research
Norfolk Public Junior HighNorfolkShow Choir Socialization Strengths Training
Omaha Christian AcademyOmahaEarly Childhood Multi-Cultural Classroom Project
Omaha North High SchoolOmahaHumanities Curriculum
Omaha Street SchoolOmahaOther People’s Stories
Park Middle SchoolLincolnScholastic Magazine Subscription
Rousseau Elementary SchoolLincolnCelebrating Students’ Heritage and Multiculturalism
Rock County Public SchoolsBassettMural
St. James SchoolCreteClassroom Resources to promote cross curricular integration
St. Pius X / St. Leo SchoolOmahaNovel Study and Field Trip
St. Teresa SchoolLincolnMusic of Asia Experience
St. Vincent de PaulSewardPreschool Reading Center
Washington ElementaryNorfolkBooks