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Grant Opportunities

Mini Grants are for $2,000 or less Jan. 1, March 1, May 1, July 1, Sept. 1 and Nov. 1 (Mini grants can fund projects that begin at least one month after the application deadline.)
Major Grants are for more than $2,000 Major Grants: March 1 (for programs beginning May 1 or later) Aug. 1 (for programs beginning Oct. 1 or later)
Media (Film/Radio/Television) and Website/Digital projects are treated as major grants but they have additional requirements and must be submitted at an earlier deadline Media and Website/Digital Grants: Jan. 15 (for projects beginning May 1 or later) June 15 (for projects beginning Oct. 1 or later)

Grant applications must be submitted no later than the due date. If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the grant is due the next business day.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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, archaeology, 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 scholar explaining his or her involvement in the project must be included for every scholar.
  • Grant applications will not be reviewed if they are (1) incomplete and/or (2) are from organizations with overdue reports.

Speakers Bureau

  • 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).

Ineligible Programs

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

Humanities Nebraska programming is made possible by:

and generous individuals, foundations, and businesses across Nebraska.