Educator grant applications are now closed.

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

2023 Educator Grant Recipients ($1,000 each)

School City Description
Alliance High School Alliance Writing Poetry Project
Arnold Public Schools Arnold Custer County Historical Project
Banner County School Harrisburg Novel Study
Boys & Girls Clubs of Lincoln/Lancaster County Lincoln Park Middle School Photo Voice
and Multicultural Night at North Star High School
and Multicultural Night at Northwest High School
Bridgeport Schools Bridgeport Novel Exploration and Living History Museum
Burwell High School Burwell Nebraska Authors a Focus on their Impact In Reading
Cathedral of the Risen Christ Lincoln Social Emotional Literature Project
Christ the King School Omaha Field Trip
Daniel Freeman Public Schools Adams A Day With Carl Wilkens
Elkhorn South High School Omaha AP Literature Choice Reading Project
Elmwood-Murdock Elementary School Elmwood Exploring Literature Through Art
Family Service Lincoln Lincoln Spring Break Camp: Exploring Humanities Through the Arts
Film Streams, Inc. Lincoln School to Screen
Friedel Jewish Academy Omaha Connecting the Unconnected 6th Grade Curriculum
G. Stanley Hall Elementary La Vista Hawks as Human Project
Grant Elementary Norfolk Focusing on Family Engagement
Howells-Dodge Consolidated Schools Howells Anthropology Unit
Immanuel Lutheran School Columbus DBQs and novels
Johnson Crossing Academic Center Fremont Lied Center Field Trip
Lefler Middle School Lincoln Human Identity Project
Lincoln High School Lincoln Native American Studies
Marian High School Omaha Summer Reading Program
Mitchell Jr./Sr. High School Mitchell Nelson Mandela Presentation Project
Moore Middle School Lincoln Virtual Classroom
Nebraska State Museum Lincoln Dingelhopper Dilemma – Learning to Research
Norfolk Public Junior High Norfolk Show Choir Socialization Strengths Training
Omaha Christian Academy Omaha Early Childhood Multi-Cultural Classroom Project
Omaha North High School Omaha Humanities Curriculum
Omaha Street School Omaha Other People’s Stories
Palmer Public School Palmer Native American Literature and Art Connection
Park Middle School Lincoln Scholastic Magazine Subscription
Pius X Catholic High School Lincoln Curriculum Integration through Creative Visualization
Riverside Public School Cedar Rapids Table Project
Rousseau Elementary School Lincoln Celebrating Students’ Heritage and Multiculturalism
Rock County Public Schools Bassett Mural
Sidney Public Schools Sidney Teacher/Student SEL (Social Emotional Learning) Library
St. James School Crete Classroom Resources to promote cross curricular integration
St. Pius X / St. Leo School Omaha Novel Study and Field Trip
St. Teresa School Lincoln Music of Asia Experience
St. Vincent de Paul Seward Preschool Reading Center
Washington Elementary Norfolk Books
Wilber-Clatonia Public Schools Wilber Culture Day

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.


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