The humanities in our everyday lives: a special “connections” emphasis in program grant awards

The humanities help us explore who we are collectively, and individually, and what it means to be human. While many people think about humanities as traditional subject areas such as history, literature, philosophy, and culture, other disciplines are equally connected with activities in everyday life.

Sparked by its 50th anniversary, Humanities Nebraska is encouraging nonprofit organizations to apply for program grants that explore these connections.

Grant reviewers will prioritize projects that make connections between the humanities and other disciplines to include:

  • environmental science
  • healthcare
  • engineering
  • city planning
  • agricultural science
  • law enforcement
  • marketing

This list is not exclusive. We seek proposals that develop unique ideas that connect the humanities with other activities or that bring together a humanities organization and a nontraditional project partner or underserved audience.

Examples of possible connection projects include:

  • walking or biking tours to explore the history of unique areas
  • a history scavenger hunt
  • guided role-playing events
  • monthly facilitated reading and discussion sessions exploring works of literature that connect medical professionals or caregivers to their work
  • writing workshops that address social themes, character development, motivation and voice for incarcerated individuals
  • conversations about the social and cultural aspects of a community that impact city planning

You may come up with other program ideas. Be creative! We can’t wait to learn what you may do.

Usual grant requirements apply

Please refer to the Grant Application Requirements page for full details on grant requirements, for a link to the online grant application system, and for contact information for Humanities Nebraska grants staff members, who are happy to answer your questions.

While applications exploring the connections theme will be given priority, HN granting will remain competitive and open to other humanities projects.

Humanities Nebraska embraces inclusive grantmaking. We encourage submissions of projects that address the experiences of diverse and underrepresented groups in Nebraska public humanities programming. We do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender, marital status, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, or sexual orientation.