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 50 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.
  • 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. 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 is March 15, 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 April 15, 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:
To ensure statewide distribution, awards will be balanced among the following areas of the state:

  • Central Nebraska
  • Eastern Nebraska
  • Lincoln Metro
  • Omaha Metro
  • Western Nebraska

Proposals will be evaluated by:

  • Educator qualifications
  • Project impact and innovation

Priority may be given to educators working with underserved students based on economic conditions, ethnic background or disability.

Clicking the button below will take you to the Humanities Nebraska grant login page.

If your school / nonprofit organization has an existing account, please log in using that account.

If your school / nonprofit organization has not previously applied, you will need to create an account. You will need the following information to create an account:

  • School / nonprofit organization name and mailing address
  • School / nonprofit organization EIN / tax ID number
  • Name and contact information for a “project director” (this is the educator)
  • Name and contact information for a “budget administrator” with the school / nonprofit organization. The budget administrator is responsible for receiving, disbursing, and accounting for all grant funds. They answer to the organization, must NOT serve as the educator, and must NOT be from the same family or household as the educator.

A preview of the grant application questions may be downloaded here

Contact Katie Bradshaw, Grants Management and Outreach Specialist, email or (308) 660-4788