Because Humanities Nebraska (HN) believes that culture and connection are essential rights of human expression, HN offers grants to nonprofit organizations in support of projects related to the humanities. This includes history, literature, languages, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, ethics, and the history, theory and criticism of the arts.
Applicants must have non-profit status according to the State of Nebraska and the IRS, and must provide proof of 501(c)(3) or other 501(c) status. (State, county, or local government entities, including schools, are exempt from this requirement.)
- Any nonprofit group is eligible to apply for grants, including schools, libraries, museums, civic groups, government agencies, service clubs, tribal organizations, professional associations, historical societies, educational institutions and community organizations. For-profit entities and individuals are not eligible.
- Applications must demonstrate that the humanities are central to the project. The National Endowment for the Humanities has defined the humanities as including, but not limited to, history, literature, languages, jurisprudence, philosophy, comparative religion, archeology, ethics, the social sciences when they employ humanistic perspectives, and the history, theory, and criticism of the arts.
- All projects must include at least one humanities resource person or “humanist.” Typically, the humanist is a college or university professor in a humanities discipline. If a non-academic humanist is chosen for a project, the applicant must provide sufficient background information on the individual to demonstrate that he or she will capably represent the humanities. A resume of no more than two pages and a letter (from the project director or scholar) explaining the scholar’s involvement in the project (e.g. guest lecturer, topic and title of lecture) must be included. If there is more than one scholar involved, there must be an explanation for each scholar.
- Grants are given only for projects or programs that take place in Nebraska and/or have direct significance to Nebraska. Nebraskans must be a primary target audience for all grant projects or events.
- Grant applications from organizations outside of Nebraska will only be considered if (1) their proposed project is about Nebraska and/or has direct relevance to Nebraskans and (2) there is a well-developed plan to provide Nebraskans with access to the results of the project.
- Grant applications will not be reviewed if they are (1) incomplete and/or (2) are from organizations with overdue reports from a previous grant.
- Grants should not be used to bring in speakers who are part of the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau, unless the program they are going to present is substantially different from their Speakers Bureau program(s).
Humanities Nebraska CANNOT support the following:
- Individuals (must be a nonprofit organization)
- Advocacy or partisan objectives
- Direct action campaigns
- Operating costs, construction, or renovation
- Travel to professional meetings
- Profit-making projects
- Creative or performing arts, unless their primary role is to illustrate humanities issues
- Book publishing (Subvention)
- Alcoholic beverages, food or entertainment for audiences
- Scholarships and fellowships
- Occupational training
- Printing costs not related to public project
- Institutional planning and development
- Museum, school or library acquisitions
- Academic credit
- Research for solely scholarly purposes
- Universities, colleges or affiliated organizations for programs designed primarily for their students
For grants related to the following, please see the grant opportunities from Nebraska State Historical Society Foundation:
- collection preservation including archival boxes and shelving
- building maintenance, repairs and improvements
- support for professional development
- computer systems
- scanners for digitization
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